Media & Cinema Studies, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Media & Cinema Studies


department website: https://media.illinois.edu/media-cinema-studies

department faculty: Media & Cinema Studies Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: College of Media

college website: https://media.illinois.edu/


MEDIA AND CINEMA STUDIES (MACS), prepares students with dynamic skills for careers in media, information, creative, and visual industries, as well as informed interaction with everyday media technologies.  Majors have the opportunity to participate in original research, mixed media production, internships, study abroad, and public engagement through a transformative learning environment. 

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Media & Cinema Studies


To graduate from the media and cinema studies curriculum, a student must meet all general University and College requirements for the degree and must complete the following courses, all of which must be taken for a traditional letter grade:

Core Curriculum16
MACS 203Contemporary Movies3
MACS 264Creative and Information Economies4
MACS 317Media History3
MACS 320Popular Culture3
MACS 351Social Aspects of Media3
MACS 499Senior Project 10
Thematic Areas15
5 additional courses in at least 2 of the following thematic areas.
In addition, students can declare a specialization by taking 4 courses in 1 thematic area or by completing the requirements of a related certificate program.
Cinema Studies
Intro to Popular TV & Movies
Introduction to Documentary
Survey of World Cinema I
Survey of World Cinema II
Film Culture
Film Theory and Criticism
Film Festivals
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Media Industries & Cultures
Intro to Popular TV & Movies
Sportsmedia Technology & Culture
Film Culture
New Media, Culture & Society
21st Century Documentaries
TV Studies
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Difference & Power
Intro to Popular TV & Movies
New Media, Culture & Society
Commodifying Difference
Sex & Gender in Popular Media
Latina/o Media in the US
Black Women and Film
International Communications
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Science, Technology, and Visualization
Contemporary Media Literacy
Sportsmedia Technology & Culture
New Media, Culture & Society
Digital & Gender Cultures
Comm in Env Social Movements
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Global Media and Cinema
Survey of World Cinema I
Survey of World Cinema II
International Communications
Russian & East European Film
Scandinavian Cinema
German Cinema I
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Sports Media
Foundations of Sport Mgt
Sportsmedia Technology & Culture
Case Study: Endless Summer
TV Studies
Readings in Sports Journalism
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Media Making, Design and Research
Intro to Popular TV & Movies
Contemporary Media Literacy
Studies Film/Media Production
New Media, Culture & Society
21st Century Documentaries
Film Festivals
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College of Media Electives36
Students must earn at least 36 hours in the College of Media. Remaining hours are completed with ADV, JOUR, MACS, or MDIA electives.
Required Area of Study or Minor Outside the College of Media9
In addition to the courses in the major plan described above, students must complete 9 hours in an approved area outside the College of Media. Approved areas include: African American Studies; American Indian Studies; Anthropology; Art History; Asian American Studies; Business Administration; Communication; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Economics; Food Science and Human Nutrition; Gender and Women's Studies; History; Kinesiology and Community Health; Latina/o Studies; Linguistics; Literature; Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences; Non-English Languages; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Recreation, Sport and Tourism; Regional Area Studies; or Sociology. A university-approved minor may substitute for this requirement. Courses may, if they qualify, also count toward the requirement for advanced hours outside of the College.
Advanced Hours Requirement20
At least 20 hours in courses numbered 200 or above. These courses must be outside and not cross-listed with the College of Media. At least 9 of the 20 hours must be in courses numbered 300 and above.
Total hours required for graduation124