Our students analyze moving images from every angle. You'll explore theories and techniques across multiple media — from dissecting the building blocks of film form to producing and editing your own videography projects — and gain confidence in your craft. And you'll do it in Boston, home to critically-acclaimed films like Good Will Hunting and The Social Network.

Boston ranks in the top 5 US media markets. You'll have countless exciting and rigorous internship and career opportunities at your finger tips. Our students go on to jobs in television, multimedia, web and film-making.

Program Requirements

A minor in Cinema and Media Studies comprises two required courses and three electives.

One elective must be a production class. (Production classes are designated below with an *.) In addition, at least one elective must be at the 200- or 300-level. No more than two photography classes will be counted toward the minor.


  • ENGL 195 Art of Film
  • ENGL 221 The Critical Lens: Introduction to Film and Media Theory

Three Electives:

  • AST 307 Black History at the Movies
  • AST 388 Black Pop Culture and the Education of Black Youth
  • ART/COMM 138 The Poetry of Photography*
  • ART/COMM 139 Color Photography CSI*
  • ART/COMM 232 Advanced Digital Sandbox*
  • ART/COMM 237 Advanced Black and White Photography*
  • ART/COMM 239 Art of the Real: Documentary Photography*
  • ART/COMM 256 Approaches in Contemporary Photography
  • ART 249 History of Photography
  • MUS 165 Music in Film
  • CHIN 214 Contemporary Chinese Cinema
  • COMM 120 Communications Media*
  • COMM 121 Visual Communications*
  • COMM 124 Media, Messages, and Society
  • COMM 163 Radio Operations/Podcast*
  • COMM 220 Video Production*
  • COMM 222 Animation*
  • COMM 246 Digital Imaging for Design*
  • COMM 262 Media Convergence*
  • COMM 263 Broadcast, Narrowcast and Interactivity
  • ENGL 230 Postcolonial Film
  • ENGL 327 Race and Gender in Psychoanalytic Discourse
  • ENGL 354 Studies in Film Genre
  • ENGL 398 Feminist Media Studies
  • FREN 314 "Topics in French Cinema"
  • HIST 254 History Through Novels and Films
  • HIST 329 Film and Historical Representation
  • HIST 374/574 Digital Humanities
  • PHIL 152 Philosophy Through Literature and Film
  • PHIL 225 Social Media, Digital Technology & Ethics
  • SPAN 314 Hispanic Culture as Seen through Film
Internships and Research
Our students take advantage of internships at arts and cultural organizations in Boston and beyond, building their skills and resumes and learning from mentors in their fields.
    Edie Bresler
    • Edith Bresler
    • Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2988
    • Office: C423
    Pamela Bromberg
    James Corcoran
    Kristin Scott
    Sheldon George
    • Sheldon George
    • Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in English
    • Phone: 617-521-2211
    • Office: C310N
    Audrey Golden
    Ellen Grabiner
    • Ellen Grabiner
    • Associate Professor and Chair of Communications, Co-Director of the Cinema and Media Studies Minor
    • Phone: 617-521-2827
    • Office: E121
    Kelly Hager
    • Kelly Hager
    • Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies | Chair of Women's & Gender StudiesEnglish and Women's & Gender Studies
    • Phone: 617-521-2173
    • Office: C310D
    Alister Inglis
    • Alister Inglis
    • Associate Professor, Director of East Asian Studies
    • Phone: 617-521-2151
    • Office: C316C
    Sarah Leonard
    • Sarah Leonard
    • Associate Professor of History
    • Phone: 617-521-2254
    • Office: C319E
    Suzanne Leonard
    • Suzanne Leonard
    • Associate Professor of English
    • Phone: 617-521-2544
    • Office: C310H
    Briana Martino
    Saher Selod
    • Saher Selod
    • Associate Professor of Sociology
    • Phone: 617-521-2542
    • Office: C205A
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How to Apply
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