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Media Studies: Cinema Studies

Bachelor of Science
  • 120 Credits
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • Westchester

The Cinema Studies concentration presents students with the opportunity to study films and how they reflect society and conversely, how films influence society throughout history and in world cultures. This concentration challenges students to think, speak, and write about film and culture and film history while considering theoretical approaches to film making. To see examples of student work in this concentration visit Mercy Cinema Studies.

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Media Studies: Cinema Studies Overview

Turn your passion for movies into an academic career. The Media Studies: Cinema Studies concentration allows students to interpret various societies through the movies they produce.

You will have the opportunity to study films and how they reflect the broader culture. Additionally, students also explore how films have influenced society throughout history in various world cultures from Hollywood and beyond. This concentration engages students to think, speak, and write about cinema and film history while considering theoretical approaches to film making. 

The Media Studies program is designed for the student who works well in a communal environment and is interested in sharing ideas to facilitate a creative experience.

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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include:

Reviewer, Critic, Film Historian, Merchandising, Advertising Sales and Design, Market Research, Talent Management and Representation, Copy Writing, Museum and Library Curation, Arts Programming, Public Relations, Media Sales, Arts Education, Film Distribution and Publicity, Grants Management, Human Resources, Interactive Media Development, and Politics.

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What You'll Get


A room for screening films on a large formatted screen with sound reinforcement


Faculty with practical experience in the field

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Frequently Asked Questions

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

You’ll focus on the non-technical side of filmmaking: story and character development, the impact of film on society and culture and vice-versa, and historical perspectives. If you’re interested in production, consider the TV and radio production concentration under Media Studies.


An internship is required to complete this degree. In addition, there is a profound focus on theoretical concepts, the mastery of which is demonstrated through advanced independent study in the Senior Seminar MEDA 400. Major credit is given for this activity.

Film/Culture classes embody an enriching thought process and discussion, which involves delving into societal and cultural impressions, perceptions, and traditions that the films of our world illuminate.

Program Details & Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration
Media Studies: 48 Credits
Open Electives: 12 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog. 


  • By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Develop appropriate creative, technical, and communication skills necessary for work in media related fields
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for careers in their chosen fields
  • Use media technology to communicate and present material as per their major
  • Create personal and social presentations in their chosen media
  • Find ready employment in their chosen fields or continue onto advance study

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