Media & Cinema Studies

What Is It?:

Media and Cinema Studies provides an understanding of modern communications media from a liberal arts perspective. Students explore the theory behind contemporary mass communications and telecommunications and their origins, structures, and implications for our society; and they address the history of media and cinema both in the United States and internationally. The development of all mediated forms is considered in light of more general concerns about technology, culture, society, and politics.

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  • Cinema Studies
  • Media Studies

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • MACS 100—Introduction to Popular TV & Movies
  • MACS 101—Intro to the Media
  • MACS 104—Intro to Film 

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Book Publishers
  • Cable Television
  • Community Arts Center
  • Community Organizations
  • Educational Organizations
  • Entertainments firms
  • Foundations
  • Health Organizations
  • Labor Unions
  • Magazines
  • Consulting Firms
  • Market Research
  • News Agencies
  • Newspapers
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Television stations

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Advertising Director
  • Biographer
  • Columnist
  • Commentator
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Copywriter
  • Media Production Assistant
  • Newscaster
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Script Writer
  • Station Programmer
  • Technical Writer

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Illini Film and Video: Produces high quality independent projects to be screened on campus and beyond.
    • JAMS of the College of Media: unites students across majors in the College of Media.  Students of all years and majors – even those outside the College of Media –  are welcome to join to gain more knowledge about the college, work on a variety of different media projects, form new friendships with a diverse group of students, and enrich leadership skills.

Related Skills:

  • Ability to collaborate
  • Ability to think logically and critically and make analogies
  • Ability to understand ideas and values
  • Attention to detail
  • Careful record keeping
  • Communication skills
  • Creative decision-making
  • Knowledge of design and composition
  • Managing a budget
  • Networking Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Possess strong skills in computer technology
  • Proficiency with media technologies
  • Strong research skills
  • Writing and editing skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Media and Cinema Studies, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Media and Cinema Studies.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Media and Cinema Studies.  These organizations include Association for Women in Communication and Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Media and Cinema Studies, visit Undergraduate Programs.