Program Overview

Students will not only acquire the vocabulary necessary for a full appreciation of cinematic techniques but also develop an appreciation for the aesthetic and methodological values of the discipline. In addition, by implicitly acknowledging the intersections of art, technology and commerce in cinematic texts, courses in the program help to prepare students for careers in the new age of global media institutions and projects.

Competitive Advantages

Cinema studies minors frequently major in communication or English. Analyzing screen media appeals to students in these majors, and cinema studies allows them to focus on filmic texts. Historically, the minor also appeals to students from all majors, including business and science programs of study.

Featured Cinema Studies Courses

Understanding Film

Featured Course
This course serves as an introduction to film analysis through the study of a variety of film texts, with an emphasis on film form, and how the various components of filmmaking, including elements of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound and music, and narrative structure function within that system.

History and Horror (First-Year Seminar)

This course is an examination of the history of horror films. It is also an excursion that will compare and contrast the fictional world of the macabre with the historical realities that form and challenge our social and cultural lives. With the aid of film, this course will analyze the phenomenon of the horror genre down through the ages.

Graduate Outcomes

Cinema studies minors often have an interest in filmmaking, so students in this minor have gone on to graduate production programs at Emerson College, Loyola University, and Goldsmiths College (U.K.). Students have also leveraged the minor as a springboard to studying film at the master’s and doctorate levels.

Earn Two Degrees in 5 Years

The Skyhawk Accelerated Dual Degree allows Stonehill students to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Stonehill College in five years. Eligible students receive early and expedited admission to their graduate program of interest and can begin working toward a master's degree in education, data analytics or marketing during their senior year.

Outside Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Contact Us With Any Questions

Ronald C. Leone

Ronald C. Leone

Professor of Communication, Communication Department Chair, Cinema Studies Program Director, Digital Media Production Program Director
Cushing Martin 112