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Film & Media Studies, Minor

The film and media studies program at Saint Louis University is a 22-credit interdisciplinary minor developed by film scholars, practitioners and historians from various College of Arts and Sciences departments.

Curriculum Overview

Film and media studies offers students the opportunity to explore 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 for students interested in film history, analysis, and production opportunities.  In touch with today’s multicultural, multi-mediated environment, SLU's film and media 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 and media 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 on entertainment, media and the internet
  • Business functions such as internet marketing, web design and multimedia content


Alex Rafi, M.F.A.
     Program Director

Foundational Courses
FMST 1450Introduction to Film and Media: Form and Context3
CMM 2400Media and Society3
CMM 2500Media Lab1
One course with the 'Film & Media Production' attribute, such as:3
CMM 2510
Video Production and Design
CMM 3530
Documentary Production
CMM 4810
Digital Storytelling
One course with the 'Film & Media Creation' attribute, such as:3
ART 2650
Digital Photography
CMM 2550
ENGL 4010
New Media Writing
THR 2510
Acting I: Fundamentals
THR 4505
Costume and Scene Design
Or one additional 'Film & Media Production' attributed course
Two courses with the 'Film & Media Critical Study' attribute, such as:6
ASTD 3030
History and Fiction
CMM 1400
Film Criticism
ENGL 2750
Film, Culture and Literature
ENGL 3180
WGST 3350
Women and Gender in Global Film
One FMST elective course, such as:3
Any FMST attributed course
FMST 4910
Film Studies Internship
FMST 4980
Advanced Independent Study
Maximum 13 credit hours with CMM subject code or cross-listed with CMM
Total Credits22

Continuation Standards

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