Film Studies (Minor)

Saint Louis University’s film studies minor offers you a basic knowledge of film history analysis, and production. You’ll experience the theory and practice of cinema as it’s reflected in fine and performing arts, communication, contemporary criticism, history, and foreign languages and culture.


This 18-credit-hour program allows you to rediscover film as a powerful art form, gauge its contribution to culture and learn to produce media that examines the human condition. An interdisciplinary minor, SLU's Film Studies Program draws upon the faculty and resources of several different departments: American studies, communication, English, fine and performing arts, history, and modern languages.

Curriculum

Required courses:

  • CMM 1400: Film Criticism

    or
  • ENGL 2700: Introduction to Film

Approved electives:

  • CMM/FSTD 2930: Video Production and Design
  • CMM/FSTD 3120: Media Scriptwriting
  • CMM 3530: Documentary Production
  • CMM/FSTD 4430: Culture, Technology and Communication
  • ENGL/FSTD 3180: Film Narratives
  • ENGL/FSTD 3770: Film and Literature
  • ENGL/FSTD 4090: Screenwriting
  • ENGL/FSTD 4170: American Film History
  • ENGL/FSTD 4180: American Film Genres
  • FR/FSTD 4610: French Cinema I
  • FR/FSTD 4650: French Cinema II
  • GR/FSTD 4350: German Film
  • HIST/FSTD 3600: American History in Film
  • IT/FSTD 3200: Italian Cinema
  • SP/FSTD 4370: Spanish American Literature and Films

All students also complete a film studies internship or capstone course.

Internships and Careers

Students who minor in film studies can find careers in fine and performing arts, as well as advertising, journalism, law, digital marketing or web design.

Faculty
  • Vince Casaregola, Ph.D., program director
  • Paul Acker, Ph.D., English
  • Sarah Bauer, MED, MA, Spanish
  • Nancy Bell, M.F.A., Fine & Performing Arts
  • Elizabeth Blake, Ph.D., Russian and Slavic Languages
  • Matt Carlson, Ph.D., Communication
  • Ellen Crowell, Ph.D., English
  • Elena Della Torre, Ph.D., Italian
  • Terence Dempsey, S.J., Ph.D., Art History
  • Thomas Goosebrink, Ph.D., Political Science
  • Mary Gould, Ph.D., Communication
  • Claudia Karagoz, Ph.D., Italian
  • Daniel Kozlowski, Ph.D., Communication
  • Hatsephi Kushma, Ph.D., African-American Studies
  • Jean-Louis Pautrot, Ph.D., Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
  • Jon Mabee, M.F.A., Communication
  • Ted Mathys, MFA, English
  • Michael Rozbicki, Ph.D., History
  • Nil Santianez, Ph.D., Spanish
  • Amy Wright, Ph.D., Spanish