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. Film Studies is also a member of the Five College Film Studies Department and additional possibilities for the study of film/video production are also available to students at MHC and the other Five College institutions. Please see the Film Studies section of the course catalogue for a more detailed list of the major and minor requirements. We also provide guidance for students selecting specific courses and all the courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s learning goals, and the department learning goals.

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?

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.