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Film Studies

417 Barnard Hall
212-854-9498 (fax)
Administrative Assistant: Sarah Pasadino

The program is supervised by the Barnard Committee on Film Studies:

Director: Ross Hamilton (Associate Professor, English)
Associate Professors: Kaiama L. Glover (African Studies, French, Women Studies), Erk Grimm (Comparative Literature, European Studies, German), Ross Hamilton (English), Nelson Moe (Italian)
Assistant Professor: Monica Miller (English)
Adjunct Professors: Jonathan Beller (English/Women's Studies), Guy Gallo (English/Film), Christina Kallas, Sandra Luckow (English/Film), Marie Regan (English/Film)
Columbia University Faculty: Annette Insdorf, Milena Jelinek, Sandra Luckow, David McKenna, Richard Pena, Marie Regan, Andrew Sarris, James Schamus

The Film Studies Program

The Program in Film Studies at Barnard College offers a theoretical, historical and practical approach to the study of film. Through this course of studies, students come to understand film as a dominant cultural medium of the twentieth century and its influence on the present, as well as an art form with profound and continuing connections to a range of disciplines that span the humanities and the social sciences.


The educational goal of the film major is to provide a solid grounding in the history and theory of film and as well as place the study of film in relation to other art forms. Students are introduced to visual storytelling, film technology, and the economic and sociopolitical context of the film industry. The trajectory of the major moves from introductory level courses (primarily surveys) to intermediate level courses (that introduce the mechanics of writing for film as well as film making), to advanced level courses (including two labs and the senior seminar), plus two electives from the approved list. While the course of study is rooted in film history and theory, all majors take workshops in screenwriting and filmmaking and produce a script and a short film. Our place in a premier college for women invites our Program to pay special attention to questions of gender, and our home in New York City allows students to connect their study to the city’s vibrant film industry as well as range of film in arts houses and revival theaters.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate in Film Studies will be able to attain the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of film history;
  • Explain the major concepts or ideas of film theory;
  • Communicate in-depth knowledge of film in one other language tradition;
  • Write a basic/elementary screenplay;
  • Create a short film;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of film’s relationship to a range of other disciplines across the humanities and social sciences;
  • Conduct original research on a film (usually one film) intensively in the context of a limited enrollment senior seminar.

For questions about Film Studies contact Bashir Abu-Manneh, Director and/or Sarah Pasadino, Administrative Assistant.