Major Requirements

A minimum of 13 c.u. of classes focusing primarily on film, television and new media

CORE REQUIREMENTS - 3 c.u.
We do not accept transfer credit for these three courses.

  • CIMS 101 - World Film History to 1945
  • CIMS 102 - World Film History, 1945-present
  • CIMS 103 - Television and New Media

ELECTIVES - 10 c.u.

  • Minimum of 3 must be on non-American Cinema.
  • Maximum of 3 may be courses on the production and craft of cinema (e.g. screenwriting, digital video production, cinema production, et similar.)

HONORS OPTION
We offer an optional, year-long honors thesis for students GPA of 3.5 or higher, plus a grad of A- or above for the senior thesis.

To declare your major in Cinema and Media Studies, please contact Mr. Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director.

TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY
For Transfer Credit (courses courses taken before matriculation at Penn), Study Abroad Credit (courses taken at a Penn Abroad program), and Credit Away (courses taken outside of a Penn-approved program after matriculation at Penn) students must secure approval through the XCAT system <http://www.sas.upenn.edu/computing/xcat>. Transfer credit will not be accepted for CIMS 101, CIMS 102, and CIMS 103. All majors must complete these 3 courses at Penn.

INDEPENDENT STUDY POLICY
In exceptional circumstances, students may request that an independent study be counted toward the major, but such studies must first be approved by the program director prior to the commencement of the independent study. Students wishing to undertake an independent study must submit a proposal to both the project advisor and the program director outlining the nature of the study and why an independent study is necessary. Independent study advisors must hold a Ph.D
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Cinema Studies Program
209A Fisher-Bennett Hall ⋅ 3340 Walnut Street ⋅ Philadelphia, PA 19104 ⋅ (215) 898-8782