Film Studies Program

Saint Louis University’s interdisciplinary minor in film studies offers you an education in the history and critical analysis of cinema, as well an opportunity to learn the basics of media production.

This 18-hour program touches upon language, history, mass media, cultural studies and performing arts and draws upon faculty with expertise in American studies, communication, English, fine and performing arts, history, languages, and theology.  

Students in SLU’s film studies program can begin a course of study as early as their senior year of high school. If you minor in film studies at SLU, you’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad on SLU’s campus in Madrid, Spain and complete an internship in a professional production environment, such as HEC-TV, SLU's local video affiliate.

Why Study Film at SLU?

Minoring in film studies at SLU offers you solid knowledge of film history and the analytical tools essential to creative thinking in the field. The program's unique character helps you understand film as a uniquely modern art form with a powerful impact across the spectrum of human culture.

We encourage you to develop an informed view of the image industries by offering an  interdisciplinary education that mirrors our multi-faceted, much-mediated, and multi-cultural world. This knowledge, together with other forms of professional expertise, gives you a decisive advantage in the global marketplace.   

Kerrie Monahan (A&S '13)

Career opportunities for film studies minors include:

  • Fine and performing arts
  • Advertising
  • Internet marketing or website design
  • Continuing education in film or media studies, or law school, for those who seek to specialize in entertainment law

Affiliated Programs

Among the advantages of studying film studies at SLU is our connection with the departments across the University. Many courses are cross-listed with other disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences and our associated faculty bring expertise in literature, history and communication, as well as film, theater, criticism and documentary filmmaking.

 The program has a valuable connection to Saint Louis University’s Walter J. Ong, S.J. Center for Digital Humanities and SLU-Madrid offers an excellent opportunity to enrich your appreciation of film with several courses that work perfectly to fulfill both foundational and elective requirements in the film studies program.