Our Film Studies program focuses on the history, theory and criticism of film and television. Students learn how to critically analyze analyze the impact of film and television on individuals and society; make connections between media, historical themes and cultural change; and compare different formats.

Film and media cross time periods and locations, languages and cultures. The courses that a well-rounded Film Studies student will take are equally as diverse. The major blends courses in Film Studies with classes from English, Art History, Comparative Literature, History, Religious Studies, French, Italian, Japanese, and other languages.

UWM students have the advantage of being in the heart of the largest city in Wisconsin, home to a lively art house movie scene, a growing independent film industry, and a thriving cinematic culture.

Students who are more interested in film and video production process and who are looking to become a filmmaker or videographer may wish to also explore the majors and minors offered through UWM's Peck School of the Arts.


To complete the minor, students are required to take 18 credits of Film Studies Program approved courses. Students must attain a 2.0 GPA in UWM credits attempted for the minor. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.0 GPA in all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 290Introduction to Film Studies3
or ENGLISH/FILMSTD 291 Introduction to Television Studies
Select one of the following:3
History of Film I: Development of an Art
History of Film II: Development of an Art
Select 3 additional credits from intermediate electives (see below)3
Select 9 credits from advanced electives (see below)9
Total Credits18

Intermediate-Level Electives

ARTHIST/ENGLISH/FILMSTD 111Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet3
ARTHIST/FILMSTD 206History of Film II: Development of an Art3
COMPLIT 233Literature and Film:3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 286Writing about Film and Television3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 291Introduction to Television Studies (if not selected above)3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 294Game Culture3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 295Women and Film3
FILM 201Introduction to Experimental Media Arts3
FILM 203Media Workshop:3
FILM 22016mm Filmmaking3
FILM 222Digital Filmmaking3
FILMSTD 212Intermediate Topics in Film and Television Studies:3
FILMSTD 299Ad Hoc:1-6
ITALIAN 329Italian Cinema3

Advanced-Level Electives

ARTHIST/FILMSTD 307Film Directors:3
ARTHIST/FILMSTD 308Film Styles:3
COMPLIT 360Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: (New Chinese Cinemas)3
COMPLIT 461Film-Fiction Interaction:3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 312Topics in Film, Television and Digital Studies:3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 316World Cinema:3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 320Studies in Film and Television Authorship:3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 329Film and Literature3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 380Media and Society:3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 383Cinema, Television, and Genre:3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 391Television Criticism and Theory3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 393Entertainment Industries:3
ENGLISH/FILMSTD 394Theories of Digital Culture:3
FILMSTD/JEWISH 350Global Jewish Film and Television:3
FILMSTD 395Feminist Media Criticism and Theory:3
FILMSTD 412Global Cinema and Media:3
FILMSTD 489Internship in Film Studies, Upper Division1-6
FILMSTD 499Ad Hoc:1-6
FILMSTD 669Screening Sexuality:3
FILMSTD 699Independent Work1-3
FRENCH 451Cinema of the French-Speaking World:3
JAMS 562Media Studies and Culture3
JAMS 620Seminar in Global Media3

Letters & Science Minor Advising

Advising for the minor takes place within the department by a faculty member or staff member. Follow the steps using the "Declare a Minor" button on the department’s website which may include instructions on how to select a faculty advisor if there is more than one to choose from.

Students who already have an L&S college advisor because their degree plan is in L&S can discuss the minor with them as well since they will be familiar with any minor in L&S. Students who are working on a degree from a UWM college other than the College of Letters & Science will not need an L&S college advisor for just a minor and one will not be assigned. These students should work with the faculty or staff advisor they receive as part of the minor declaration process or contact the department directly for assistance.

Applicants who have not started classes at UWM yet who wish to declare a minor should wait until they are registered for their first UWM classes and then can declare the minor using the “Declare a Minor” button on the program’s website. If you have questions about the minor before then, contact let-sci@uwm.edu.