Undergraduate Film Studies

Film Studies

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When you major in film studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you’ll practice empathetic imagination by thinking critically about global film history in its diversity—from discovering how cinema informs who “we” are to carefully analyzing questions of genre, nationality, race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality in films from many historical, aesthetic and critical approaches. Develop skills in imaginative reasoning as you engage with films from not only your own perspective but also that of the filmmakers’ cultures.

The Nebraska Difference


Discover what moves you with a diverse blend of academic disciplines.


Flexibility & Choice

Customize your degree with course choices. Add a minor or second major.


Hands-On Experience

Build knowledge, skills and experience in and out of the classroom.


Limitless Career Paths

Connect your major, interests and goals to any field.

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Program Features

Focus and Range

Dive deep into your film studies major while taking a wide variety of courses across all areas in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduate academically well-rounded and eager to keep learning. Use your collaboration and communication skills to address complex problems and make a positive impact professionally and personally.

1-to-1 Academic Advising and Career Coaching

Along with your faculty, professional academic advisors and career coaches will help you make a one-of-a-kind degree plan. We are focused on your success, while at Nebraska and after graduation, whether your goal is employment or graduate/professional school.

Learn From the Experts

Engage with faculty who have published hundreds of articles and over 40 books, including a textbook used nationwide for film history.

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Notable Courses

Language of Cinema (FILM 100)

Introduction to the analysis of images and sound in film.

Introduction to Gender and Sexuality in Film (FILM 211)

Overview of theories of gender and sexuality in relation to film.

Film Genre (FILM 219)

Various film genres, such as Gothic, Western and film noir, from their inception in the early 1900s to the present day.

Film Theory and Criticism (FILM 373)

Study of film theories and methods of applied criticism for intermediate or advanced students with previous film study experience.

Film Directors (FILM 439)

Intensive study of the films of one director or a small group of directors, with emphasis on an auteur approach.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Intern, Cannes International Film Festival
  • Film & image collection intern, Nebraska Historical Society
  • Film production intern, Alexander Payne’s film “Nebraska”
  • Intern, Film Streams
  • Intern, Sandhills Global


  • Student success coach, City Year
  • Technical media producer, Gray Television
  • Editor, The Burrow Reviews
  • Production assistant, 1865 Entertainment
  • Copywriter, Bailey Lauerman

Graduate Schools

  • Master’s degree, Humanities, University of Chicago
  • Master’s degree, Film and Television Directing, DePaul University
  • Master's degree, Cinema and Media Studies, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Master's degree, Secondary English Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Outside the Classroom

Depending on your major, interests and goals, you can choose to do research, work as an intern, study abroad, become a leader or serve your community. The university’s Experiential Learning requirement ensures you have at least one of these transformative learning experiences; students in the College of Arts and Sciences typically complete at least two.


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Our motto is Academics + Experience = Opportunities. Employers and graduate/professional schools are looking for students who have a strong academic background and hands-on experience.
  • Film studies majors regularly engage in research or internships, and many study abroad or get involved in service or leadership on campus and beyond.

Career Preparedness

  • CASC 200: Career Development in Arts and Sciences. Explore your interests, abilities and values while identifying career options and preparing to apply for internships, jobs or graduate/professional school.
  • Intern at the Cannes International Film Festival to apply the skills you learn in the classroom.


  • Screen and study films at the Mary Riepma Ross Theater; most courses have weekly screenings.
  • Identify any special projects, networks or longer-term affiliations made possible by the major.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Film Studies major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Nicholas Gordon
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment