Film & Media Studies, Minor

Saint Louis University’s film and media studies program is a 21-credit interdisciplinary minor developed by film scholars, practitioners and historians from various departments within the SLU College of Arts and Sciences.

Curriculum Overview

Affiliated with SLU’s African American studies, American studies, communication, English, visual and performing arts, history, and languages, literatures and cultures programs, the film and media studies minor allows students to explore cinema from a wide array of perspectives. 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 keeping 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.


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
Foundational Courses
FMST 1450Introduction to Film and Media: Form and Context3
CMM 2400Media and Society3
One course with the 'Film & Media Production' attribute, such as:3
Video Production and Design
Documentary Production
Digital Storytelling
One course with the 'Film & Media Creation' attribute, such as:3
Digital Photography
New Media Writing
Acting I: Fundamentals
Or one additional 'Film & Media Production' attributed course
Two courses with the 'Film & Media Critical Study' attribute, such as:6
History and Fiction
Film Criticism
Film, Culture and Literature
Women and Gender in Global Film
One FMST elective course, such as:3
Any FMST attributed course
Film Studies Internship
Advanced Independent Study
Maximum 13 credit hours with CMM subject code or cross-listed with CMM
Total Credits21

Continuation Standards

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