Film & Media Studies

The Department of English & Comparative Literature is a central hub for the study of cinema and media at UNC-Chapel Hill. We are the only department on campus where students can major in Film & Media Studies. We also administer a popular Global Cinema Minor that is interdisciplinary, in close coordination with other units, including Art & Art History, Asian Studies, American Studies, Communications, Romance Studies, and German & Slavic Languages & Literatures. We program many exciting film-related events on campus each year, including film series with the Ackland Film Forum, and the Triangle Film Salon, a series of presentations featuring scholars and artists.

The newly designed Film & Media Studies Major Concentration in English offers a flexible, wide-ranging curriculum in which students can combine critical analysis and technical creativity. This major focuses on cinema, television, and digital media. Students can explore relations between film and literature, but no literary courses are required. The mission of this new major is to equip students with the merged skills of critical thinking, articulate written and vocal expression, and media literacy — skills that are increasingly vital to navigating our media-saturated, multicultural world. Students gain a nuanced understanding of technology, aesthetics, history, and politics, while learning practical skills that translate to a wide array of possible careers:  

Film/Media Journalism

Production (Creative or Business Side)

Film/Media Library and Archive Work

Museum Curatorship

Film Festival Programming

Academic Scholarship and Teaching



Law (Entertainment Law and Beyond)

. For information visit the program's website.