Cinema and Media Studies
The goal of Hamilton's Cinema and Media Studies Program is to blend study in film and media history and theory while providing students opportunities to pursue their own artistic visions through the uses of new technology.
About the Major
Hamilton’s Cinema and Media Studies Program explores the motion picture as an art form, a multifaceted history, and as an “intellectual nexus”—a way of thinking about the world across boundaries. Courses examine crucial contributions to the history of cinema and media from across the globe and reveal how nationality, economic realities, religion, ethnicity, gender, the natural environment, and other social and physical forces are represented within popular, independent, and avant-garde media. Many students put their learning to use in various creative ways, both on and off campus.
Students Will Learn To:
- Analyze films and other media, regardless of genre, context, language, and geographical origin, for their structure, approach, goals, social and political implications, and aesthetics
- Apply knowledge of the overall development and history of cinema and media, from a global perspective, in written and spoken work
- Produce creative work in forms employed in cinema and media studies
- Demonstrate knowledge of contexts, outside of the specific focus of media, within which cinema and media studies play a role
A Sampling of Courses
Broadcasting Freedom: Protest, Power, and Black Media
Introduces the media’s role (including print, radio, television, and digital) in defining Black freedom movements, including Garveyism, Pan-Africanism, the Harlem Renaissance, negritude, the Civil Rights movement, and Black Power. Traces the transformation of the political landscape (and soundscape) through radio, television, and digital media, and their role in broadcasting the Black freedom movement for audiences in the United States and beyond.
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Meet Our Faculty
Director, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
film history; documentary, experimental and avant-garde film; cinema and place; institutional histories of organizations that have served independent film; 20th century American literature
Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Award Professor of French and Francophone Studies
French 20th- and 21st-century literature and film; narrative representation of trauma (war, poverty); social documentary from the 1970s to today; literature and film of the Nazi occupation of France (Patrick Modiano); women writers (Amélie Nothomb, Assia Djebar, Simone de Beauvoir)
Associate Professor of Art, Director of Digital Arts
photography, history of photography, video capture and editing, Adobe premiere, art foundations curriculum, and 2D and 4D fundamentals
Associate Professor of Japanese
modern Japanese literature, especially modernism and youth magazine culture; early 20th-century media, especially cinema and radio; and censorship and the Occupation Era, 1945-52
Professor of Religious Studies, By Special Appointment
religion and media, religion and popular culture, comparative religions, blasphemy and controversial art, religious life in the U.S.
Associate Professor of Literature
cultural politics of voice; postcolonial studies; sound studies; South Asian film and media studies; feminist theory, especially women-of-color and transnational feminisms
Explore Hamilton Stories
For many Hamilton students, a trip to the Howard Diner delivers little more than a late-night meal. But for Yenesis Alvarez ’22, it provided an unexpected academic opportunity. “I remember [during] my freshman year,” she recalled, “this random guy at the diner came up to me and was like, ‘Hey, do you want to learn about our business program?’”
Careers After Hamilton
Hamilton graduates who concentrated in cinema and media studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:
- Motion Picture Prop Master
- Video Editor/Producer, Sports Illustrated
- Web Designer/Developer
- Manager, Showtime Cinemas
Explore Our Spaces
The Kirner-Johnson Building, also known as KJ, houses the offices for faculty members in cinema and media studies. The building features an atrium, team rooms for working on group projects, and five case-method classrooms with the latest technology to support teaching and learning.