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Film & Media Studies

The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences' mission "to prepare students at all levels for a lifetime of learning," emphasizes creativity, communication, critical thinking and responsible living in community with others. Certainly the increasing significance of film and media today suggests that students of the future will be expected to create, understand, and control the uses of media, not only in the workplace, but in their private lives. Indeed, this demand for media literacy has only accelerated with social networking systems and global media outlets. To that end, a group of faculty representing several departments proposes an interdisciplinary certificate in film and media studies that draws upon the diverse programs within the college in order to meet the challenges in this area. Such a program demands a collaboration of faculty and students across traditional boundaries in accordance with the multiple constituencies created and sustained by these technologies.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student who earns a certificate in film and media studies will be able to:

  • Identify and describe major events, trends, and concepts of film and media history and film/media theories
  • Identify and describe major, canonical, or path-breaking films and media artifacts (i.e., television, on-line videos, video games) as well as major genres and authors, using the appropriate methods and tools of analysis and criticism
  • Articulate an awareness of trends in national, international, and third cinemas and media (i.e., artistic, financial, political)

Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components



1 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


Department of German Studies
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0372
Todd Herzog
Phone: 513-556-2751

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Film & Media Studies Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Film & Media Studies Certificate Requirements
    • ENGL1051, Introduction to Film Studies, FA, HU, 3
    • COMM2026, Introduction to Mass Communication, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Four courses from three of the five groups below, 12
    National, International & Third Cinemas
    • AIST2083, Introduction to East Asian Films, DC, HU, 3
    • FREN3031, French Culture Through Film, 3
    • HIST3073, Cinema and Society in Britain 1930s-1960s, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3092, Modern China in Hollywood, 3
    • ITAL3031, Italian Film, 3
    • JUDC2072, Israeli Cinema, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN1055, Film & Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN1085, US Latino Culture through Film, DC, HU, 3
    • SPAN3031, Spanish Film, 3
    • SPAN3032, Latin American Film, 3
    Filmmakers and Movements
    • ENGL3035, The Films of John Huston, 3
    • ENGL3078, The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, 3
    • CLAS2011, Classics and Cinema, FA, HU, 3
    • ENGL3036, Classic Film Comedy, 3
    • ENGL3037, American Literature and Film, 3
    • ENGL3038, Film Noir and Neo Noir, 3
    • ENGL3039, Western Films, 3
    • ENGL2067, Topics in Film, FA, HU, 3
    • ENGL3052, Advanced Topics in Film Studies, FA, HU, 3
    • GEOL1014, Geology Through Film, NS, 3
    • HIST3030, African American History and Film, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3085, Film and the History of World War II, 3
    • HIST4065, War and Film in History, 3
    • JUDC2071, Jews in American Film, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2073, Film and Holocaust, DC, HP, 3
    • POL3063, Politics on film, 3
    Media Studies
    • ANTH2072, Anthropology of Media, DC, SS, 3
    • COMM2025, Introduction to Media Literacy, 3
    • COMM2028, Communication and Popular Culture, HU, SS, 3
    • COMM4026, Media and Public Opinion, 3
    • COMM4029, Media and Technology, 3
    • COMM4048, Media & Identity, 3
    • ENGL2000, Digital Composing, 3
    • WGS2061, Gender in Popular Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS3072, Gender and Artistic Expression, DC, FA, 3

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


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