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  • B.S. in Media Studies: Film/Culture

    Navigate culture through a different lens
    Learn about the role media plays in society and how movies reflect deeper and broader issues about our culture.
    School of Liberal Arts
    Dobbs Ferry

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Media Studies: Film/Culture B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Media Studies 48 Credits
Open Electives 12 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Media Studies with a concentration in Film/Culture must complete:

  • MEDA 209 Film & Culture
  • MEDA 211 The Language of Film
  • MEDA 214 The Dark Genres
  • MEDA 221 Mastrs Flm: Griff/Wells/Hitch
  • MEDA 399 Internship in Media Studies
  • MEDA 400 Senior Seminar

and four courses (12 credits) from the following

  • SPCM/ ARTT 144 Understanding Movies
  • MEDA 145 Media in America
  • MEDA 212 The Hollywood Western
  • MEDA 213 Studios and Stars in Hollywood's Golden Age, 1930 - 1950
  • MEDA 233 Film & Gender
  • MEDA 235 Screen Comedy & Clowns
  • MEDA 251 European Trends in Film
  • MEDA 295 Topics in Film
  • MEDA 397 Independent Study

In addition, students are required to take three courses (nine credits) from the following courses:

  • MEDA 258 Fundamentals Writing Film/TV
  • MEDA 359 Advanced Writing for Film/TV
  • MEDA/ SPCM 246 Elements of Theatre
  • MEDA/ SPCM 262 Introduction to Acting
  • MEDA/ SPCM 263 Scene Study
  • MEDA/ SPCM 282 Play Directing

and three courses (nine credits) from English Literature 200 and above.

Students are allowed to take 12 credits of open electives.

Academic Program Sequence Map
Are internships available?
An internship is required to complete this degree. In addition, there is a profound focus on theoretical concepts, the mastery of which is demonstrated through advanced independent study. Major credit is give for this activity.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
Are watching specific films a pre-requisite?
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Will I learn how to make films in this concentration?
You’ll focus on the non-technical side of filmmaking: story and character development, the impact of film on society and culture and vice-versa, and historical perspectives. If you’re interested in production, consider the TV and radio production concentration under Media Studies.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
What are Film/Culture classes like?
Film/Culture classes embody an enriching thought process and discussion, which involves delving into societal and cultural impressions, perceptions, and traditions that the films of our world illuminate.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Steven DeRosa Associate Director, English
Louis Grasso Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Media Studies: Film/Culture Overview

Imagine turning your passion for movies into an academic career. The Media Studies program at Mercy College offers a concentration in Film/Culture that interprets various societies through the movies they produce.

The Film/Culture concentration presents you with the opportunity to study films and how they reflect the broader culture. Additionally, students also explore how films have influenced society throughout history in various world cultures from Hollywood and beyond. This concentration engages students to think, speak, and write about film/culture and film history while considering theoretical approaches to film making. 

The Media Studies program is designed for the student who works well in a communal environment and is interested in sharing ideas to facilitate a creative experience.

Media Studies: Film/Culture FAQS

Are watching specific films a pre-requisite?
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Major to Career Map for Media Studies

Learn how Media Studies can lead to a career. 

Meet Louis Grasso, Assistant Professor, Media Studies

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Media Studies: Film/Culture Fast Facts

  • A room for screening films on a large formatted screen with sound reinforcement
  • Academically qualified faculty with private sector experience

Career Opportunities

Representative career opportunities include Reviewer, Critic, Film Historian, Merchandising, Advertising Sales and Design, Market Research, Talent Management and Representation, Copy Writing, Museum and Library Curation, Arts Programming, Public Relations, Media Sales, Arts Education, Film Distribution and Publicity, Grants Management, Human Resources, Interactive Media Development, and Politics.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Develop appropriate creative, technical, and communication skills necessary for work in media related fields
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for careers in their chosen fields
  • Use media technology to communicate and present material as per their major
  • Create personal and social presentations in their chosen media
  • Find ready employment in their chosen fields or continue onto advance study