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Film Studies, Minor

The film studies program at Saint Louis University is an 18-credit interdisciplinary minor developed by film scholars, technical craftspersons, and historians from various departments of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Curriculum Overview

Film studies offers students the opportunity to explore the cinema from a wide array of perspectives, as evidenced by its affiliation with African American studies, American studies, communication, English, fine and performing arts, history, and languages, literatures and cultures. It also cross-lists courses with philosophy, political science, theology, and women’s and gender studies.

The program is designed primarily for students interested in film history and analysis but also includes a production component and the opportunity to execute internships at local television stations, such as KETC/Channel 9 and the Higher Education Channel. Students more excited by the business and commercial aspects of film frequently complete internships at Cinema St. Louis.

In touch with today’s multi-cultural, multi-mediated environment, SLU's film studies minor encourages broad visual literacy and connects these analytical skills with the expertise of various disciplines. The program also promotes study abroad, particularly at Saint Louis University's campus in Madrid, Spain.


Career opportunities for a film studies minor include:

  • Media studies at the graduate level
  • Media production in film, television, and digital communication
  • Advertising and professional writing
  • Law, with specific emphasis upon entertainment, media, and the internet
  • High tech business functions, such as internet marketing and web design


Gary Barker, M.F.A.
     Program Director

Foundational Courses
CMM 1400Film Criticism3
or ENGL 2750 Film, Culture and Literature
Film Creation Course
Select three credits with a 'FSTD Creation' attribute, such as:3
CMM 2510
Video Production and Design
CMM 3120
Media Scriptwriting
CMM 3530
Documentary Production
CMM 4810
Digital Storytelling
ENGL 4010
New Media Writing
THR 2510
Acting I: Fundamentals
THR 2540
Voice & Diction
Select an additional 9 credits of FSTD or FSTD attributed courses.9
Capstone Experience
Select three credits of the following:3
FSTD 4910
Film Studies Internship
FSTD 4960
Film Studies Capstone
FSTD 4980
Advanced Independent Study
Total Credits18

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA in film studies courses in order to continue in the program.