Media & Cinema Studies
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.
- MACS 100—Introduction to Popular TV & Movies
- MACS 101—Intro to the Media
- MACS 104—Intro to Film
- MACS 166—Contemporary Media Literacy
Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.
Media and Cinema Studies graduates develop critical media literacy skills that contribute to a more informed and active citizenship, as these are the skills that guide workers of the new century.
- 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
- Advertising Director
- Consumer Advocate
- Media Production Assistant
- Public Information Officer
- Public Relations Specialist
- Script Writer
- Station Programmer
- Technical Writer
Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.
- 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.