World Cinema (B.A.)


You look forward to rainy days and the movie marathons they bring. Netflix binge doesn't even come close to accurately describing your cinema-centric lifestyle and you can't remember a time Tarantino and Miyazaki were not on your top 10 list. As a world cinema major at Clemson, you'll dive into how cinema intersects with intellectual and cultural practices such as mass media, literature, politics and philosophy in an international/intercultural context. You'll be required to take four semesters of a foreign language and be a part of a local internship or a study abroad experience. Through your classes and external opportunities, you will become aware of the cultural, economic and historical forces that impact the course of cinematic production, distribution and exhibition. Designed to initiate theoretical and practical training, this degree is for students who want to pursue advanced degrees in arts and humanities as well as those who aim to enter careers in teaching, journalism, filmmaking, digital media, audio-visual archives and libraries, tourism, advertising, film criticism, industrial video documentation and community outreach.


  • World Cinema is a new media-based major at Clemson with an emphasis on cross-cultural research and international experience.
  • A student-organized and -programmed film series is currently in development.
  • World Cinema is one of the fastest-growing majors at Clemson.
  • Clemson is located two hours from Atlanta, known as the "Hollywood of the South." Movies and TV shows that have been filmed in and around the city include "Avengers: Infinity War," "Stranger Things” and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”


Designed to teach critical and creative skills, this unique major will train you to comprehend, challenge and participate in the global screen culture through a blend of conceptual and practical curriculum. You may customize your course of study in order to focus on analytical research or develop a creative project to learn the basics of digital media production. You'll also have an opportunity to participate in a study-abroad film production segment or a local internship program.

What's more, you are required to take four semesters of a foreign language, which will equip you with a unique advantage to conduct cross-cultural research and engage with cultures other than your own. Although not the focus of your studies, you'll receive training in a range of production areas that will provide you with the basic skills to either directly enter the industry or join a media production apprenticeship. A diverse, multi-disciplinary faculty pool will challenge you to step outside of the box and behind the camera.

As part of this Bachelor of Arts degree, all students are required to complete a 15-hour minor, which should enhance your academic interests. Options include, but aren't limited to, minors in digital production arts, screenwriting, theater, writing, art, global politics, East Asian studies and modern languages.



Our world cinema students are curious, creative and analytical. They further hone their skills in visual analysis, writing and critical thinking that takes them outside the classroom and sometimes even behind the camera. 

 Southern Margins presents amateur and professional short films exploring experiences of Southern and underrepresented persons and communities.
 Put your knowledge to practical use in the regional film, television and advertising industries. Our students have interned for Verín International Short Film Festival in Spain and Your Creative People in Greenville, among other placements.
 Enhance your cross-cultural awareness by participating in a study abroad film-production segment.



Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


  • XPression Designer and Programmer

    SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park

  • Manager of Video and Creative Services

    Chicago Fire Soccer Club

  • Assistant Curator

    Museum of the Cherokee


  • JD

    American University Washington College of Law

  • M.S. in Television

    Boston University

  • M.A. in Film and Television

    Savannah College of Art and Design


    • Teaching
    • Journalism
    • Filmmaking
    • Digital Media
    • Digital Production
    • Tourism
    • Advertising
    • Film Criticism
    • Video Documentation
    • Community Outreach
    • Library and Information Science
    • Film Festival Programming

Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.


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