What is Film Studies?

Think of your favorite film or TV show. What did you like about it? The story? The characters? The action? The overall look? If audiovisual culture means more to you than just entertainment, this may be the right major for you.

Students in UWM’s Film Studies program learn about the history, theory and criticism of film and television. We discuss and write about these areas critically; make connections between these media, historical themes and cultural change; analyze the impact of film and television on individuals and society; and compare different media formats.

Film Studies at UWM

UWM’s Film Studies program offers a cross-department major and minor that blends courses in Film Studies with classes from English, Art History, Comparative Literature, French, Italian, and Japanese. The program promotes the study of cinema and television in their aesthetic, social, cultural, political and technological contexts and expands students’ understanding of cinema and television as essential components of our global culture.

Career Opportunities

Students who go into Film Studies often pursue careers that value strong communication and critical thinking skills. Popular jobs include teaching, writing, festival management and programming, advertising, art direction, graphic design, and production management.

A UWM Film Studies degree also provides excellent preparation for graduate study. In recent years, students have joined prestigious graduate programs in Film Studies, Cinema Studies, Media Studies, or Screen Studies at UCLA, Northwestern University, American University, Boston University and the University of Chicago. We have also placed students in graduate programs in Law, Business, and Education.


Students are encouraged to obtain practical experience while in college. Recent UWM film studies students have completed for-credit internships at Milwaukee Film (the organization that presents the annual Milwaukee Film Festival), The Ford Modeling Agency and the Disney Corporation.