Majoring in Film Studies


Major in film studies at Connecticut College and you learn theory and scholarship, gain practical film production skills and produce your own creative work. As a budding film scholar, you are asked to critically analyze the moving image in many forms, including documentary, Hollywood and national cinema, avant-garde and experimental film, and television. Production classes will give you the technical training and stylistic devices to author your own creative projects. It is a unique and comprehensive approach to the field.

Special opportunities

Students often combine their interest in film studies with another discipline. You can also create a self-designed major with a focus of your choosing. Recent students have framed film studies through the lenses of dance, literary adaptation, theater, social movements and politics. Some students also earn a certificate from one of the College's academic centers in areas such as arts and technology or international studies. We encourage you to study abroad for a semester or a year. Many of the most successful productions at the College have been inspired by students' experiences and observations studying in countries such as India, Spain and Costa Rica.


Our production courses use HD video equipment. While enrolled in upper-level production courses, you have access to an array of professional cinema lights, a professional dolly with track, a 12-foot crane, Glidecams and shoulder-mount rigs, advanced audio kits and 16mm film cameras. Editing labs are accessible 24/7. We have 10 iMacs with Final Cut Pro and various audio recording/ mixing software.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Film Studies?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • CEO/ Executive Producer/ Cinematographer, Fine Films Inc.
  • Casting Assistant, Grant Wilfley Casting Inc.
  • Assistant, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
  • Junior Manager, Gilbertson Entertainment
  • Assistant Floor Manager, Fine Films Inc.
  • Production and Editorial Assistant, Post Millennium
  • Creative Director, Ecast Video
  • Director of Operations, Black Ocean
  • Assistant to Director, 20th Century Fox Television
  • Designer, TJX
  • Film Editor, JWM Productions
  • Program Planning Coordinator, VH1
  • Television Show Host, mtvU
  • Portrait Photographer, Image 1 Studios
  • Production Assistant, Nantucket Sound Productions
  • Director of Production and Development, Eagle Ridge Media
  • Marketing Assistant, Columbia Records/ Sony Music Entertainment
  • Development Assistant, Leftfield Pictures


Nina K. Martin, Associate Professor of Film Studies, Director of the Film Studies Program Nina K. Martin, Associate Professor of Film Studies, Director of the Film Studies Program

Nina K. Martin, Associate Professor of Film Studies, Director of the Film Studies Program
Feminist film and cultural studies • The impact of film and TV on feminist discourses

Ross W. Morin, Assistant Professor of Film Studies Ross W. Morin, Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Ross W. Morin, Assistant Professor of Film Studies  (On sabbatical Spring 2015)
Motion picture production • Video production • Film editing • Directing • History of the documentary • Cinematography

Elizabeth Reich, Assistant Professor of Film Studies Elizabeth Reich, Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Elizabeth Reich, Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Film and new media studies • Black cinema • Race and cinema • Afrofuturism • African American studies • Psychoanalysis • Cultural studies

Student profile

Maura Hallisey Maura Hallisey

Film studies, sociology

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: When I visited campus, I was struck by the small classes and the individual attention paid to students. I thought Connecticut College would be a place where I could grow both as a student and person. I was drawn by the liberal arts curriculum and the commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity.

Q: What drew you to film studies?
A: In my first semester, I took "Introduction to Film: How to Read a Film." In a discussion on the film "Memento" (Christopher Nolan, 2000), we began theorizing the way memory and psychology connected to the film's narrative structure. I thought, "This is so cool!" I also realized I wanted to study a discipline that would allow me to incorporate ideas from a variety of subjects.

Q: What role has CELS, the College's career and internship program, played for you?
A: CELS equipped me with practical job-search skills and instilled a sense of confidence in me as I go out into the market. My CELS adviser has been such a fantastic resource. Through her help, I was able to intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I helped organize monthly film festivals for museum visitors there.

Selected courses

  • Fundamentals of Motion Picture Production
  • Studies in Film Culture
  • Screenwriting
  • Feminisms in American Popular Culture
  • Documentary Theory and Production
  • Ideological Representation in Motion Picture Production
  • Introduction to Film Study: How to Read a Film
  • Advanced Production Workshop
  • Studies in Cult and Camp
  • Philosophy and Film
  • Representing Gender
  • Studies in Authorship: Women Directors
  • The Holocaust in Film and Literature
  • Death and Desire: The Invention of Horror in Early German Cinema
  • Animation


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