Cinema & Media Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

An undergraduate major in Cinema and Media Studies allows students to develop their understanding of how films function as a distinctive mode of transmitting and critiquing cultural values and practices. International in scope and interdisciplinary in orientation, it emphasizes intellectual breadth and maximizes students’ opportunities to design their own courses of study. This degree program is in the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media. Graduates of this degree pursue careers in a variety of fields such as film, marketing, media and communication, nonprofit, technology, public relations and the arts.

Major category: Minimum requirements

Curricular options: B.A. Cinema & Media Studies

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Cinema and Media Studies is a minimum requirements major. You may declare this major after enrolling at the UW and completing the prerequisites. Visit the department website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Must enroll at the UW before applying to the major
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.
  • Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission. Please visit the Cinema and Media Studies website for more information.

Courses required for the major:

  • Completion of either the English Composition requirement or a W (writing) -course
  • Completion of one of the following CMS courses or the equivalent:
    • CMS 270 A&H – Perspectives on Film: Introduction
    • CMS 271 A&H – Perspectives on Film: Great Directors
    • CMS 272 A&H – Perspectives on Film: Genre
    • CMS 273 A&H – Perspectives on Television: Analysis
    • CMS 274 A&H – Perspectives on Media: Critical Concepts
    • CMS 275 A&H – Perspectives on Visual Culture: Sex, Race, and Power

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 157
Total from Washington community colleges: 23

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: <5
3.50 – 3.74: 7
3.25 – 3.49: 6
3.00 – 3.24: <5
2.75 – 2.99: <5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes