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 Contact Information
Chairperson: Mathew Spano
Dept. Assistant: Tracey Esser
Phone: 732.906.2591
Fax: 732.906.4183
Location: Raritan Hall, Rm 237
English Department
 Contact Information
Chairperson: Mathew Spano
Dept. Assistant: Tracey Esser
Phone: 732.906.2591
Fax: 732.906.4183
Location: Raritan Hall, Rm 237

Liberal Arts - Cinema Studies A.A. Degree

Everyone loves a great movie, but few understand how these miracles of the silver screen came into existence or how they continue to impact audiences. If you would like to examine a range of perspectives from the director’s chair to your seat in the theater, consider the Cinema Studies major. In this program, students develop the ability to:

  • Analyze and evaluate great films throughout history
  • Examine and explain the use of cinematic elements and genres in a film
  • Identify and explain the correlation between films and the cultural milieu in which they were created
  • Identify and explain the ability of great films to raise awareness of important issues
  • Critique films from various perspectives, such as aesthetic, technological, historical, social, and economic.

Cinema Studies majors receive a broad general education background that prepares them for transfer to four-year colleges, where they can continue your studies in film, media, communication, writing or literature. Completing a BA in Cinema Studies, students can explore many career opportunities in and around the film industry:

• Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists
• Film Curators
• Film and Video Editors
• Archivists
• Film Critics
• Educators
• Film Directors
• Screenwriters


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General Education Communication


General Education History

Take one of the two-course sequences below.  Must take both courses in the chosen sequence.






General Education Humanities

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM). Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

General Education Mathematics, Science and Technology

Students must take 12-15 credits in General Education Mathematics, Science, and Technology courses. Choose one or two science courses (GE MST), one or two math courses (GE MST) and one technology course, in consultation with an academic advisor. For the technology elective, choose either CSC-105 or CSC-106.

General Education Social Science

Choose courses designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

Liberal Arts Electives


Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Diversity (GE DIV).


Students may satisfy this requirement with any HED or PED course except PED 270.

Divisional Elective

Contact Information

Contact Name: Professor Mathew Spano, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2591
Contact Email:
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why study the Liberal Arts?

A Liberal Arts education helps students develop strong and ordered minds as they explore the world’s collected wisdom in literature, history, mathematics, science, philosophy and the arts. It teaches them to recognize and construct arguments, to appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives, and to have a sense of scholarship about the lives and events that have gone before. Liberal Arts emphasis on language helps students broaden their cultural perspective and become more aware of their own identity. Courses comprising a Liberal Arts education at Middlesex County College are the core of all liberal arts programs at the bachelor’s level. Students may select the general degree, the most flexible of all our Liberal Arts programs, or one of the many specialized options.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Competency in Algebra I may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete required developmental coursework (if any), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may shorten the amount of degree completion time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.