Cinema and Media Studies
The goal of Hamilton's Cinema and Media Studies Program is to blend study in film 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, regardless of genre and context, for their structure, approach, goals, social and political implications, and aesthetics
- Apply knowledge of the overall development and history of cinema and moving-image 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 moving-image 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. (Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies.) Day Moore.
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Meet Our Faculty
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
Associate Professor of Literature, Director of Cinema and Media Studies
cultural politics of voice; postcolonial studies; sound studies; South Asian film and media studies; feminist theory, especially women-of-color and transnational feminisms
Professor of French
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)
Chair, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Music
Dolly Parton; American folk and traditional musics; banjo, music and film; medieval and renaissance music; music and gender
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.
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.