The Film Studies Major and Minor

Film studies at Mount Holyoke introduces students to the academic study of film from a variety of critical and disciplinary perspectives. Courses combine cultural, historical, formal, and theoretical analyses of films from a range of world cinematic traditions. In addition, some possibilities for the study of film/video production are available to students at the College and at the other Five College institutions.

The Film Studies Major

The Five College major in film studies is comprised of ten courses (40 credits), two of which must be taken at the other Five College institutions. The major should include courses in film history, theory, genre or authorship, production, national or transnational cinema, and documentary or experimental film. At least four courses should be at the advanced level.

What does a Film Studies major know?

The Film Studies Minor

Four courses (16 credits) are the minimum required for the minor. These should include an introductory course (201, 202, or 203) and three courses beyond the introductory level.

See the Film Studies chapter of the course catalogue for a detailed list of requirements for the major and the minor.