Italian Studies

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in Italian studies offers you so much more than proficiency in a foreign language. The vibrant program gives students access to a rich multidisciplinary curriculum. 

Major in Italian Studies

SLU's major in Italian studies is offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The Italian studies major focuses on developing linguistic and cultural proficiency across disciplines. 

Undergraduate students in SLU's Italian studies degree program are also strongly encouraged to select a second major, which significantly improves your opportunities when entering the workforce, particularly in the area of government service or language graduate programs. Nearly any other discipline can be considered, including history, political science, psychology, theology and science.


The program requires students take 27 credit hours of upper-division classes. These must include:

  • ITAL 3010: Written Communication in Italian I (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3020: Oral Communication in Italian I (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 4010: Written Communication in Italian II (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 4020: Oral Communication in Italian II (three credit hours)
  • Any two upper-division courses in Italian (six credit hours)
  • An additional nine credit hours of requirements in upper-division courses relating to Italian Culture.
Internships and Careers

An undergraduate degree in Italian studies prepares you for a number of rewarding careers. Opportunities are rich in fields such as literature, performing arts, cinema, design, politics, sports, fashion and industry. Hundreds of American companies operate in Italy. You might pursue a career as a(n):

  • International business representative
  • International public relations professional
  • Special agent
  • Foreign service officer
  • Linguist
  • Teacher
  • Interpreter/translator

SLU’s core Italian studies faculty work with educational partners across the campus to help students pursue their interests and to attain an excellent foundation in Italian. All full-time Italian studies faculty hold the highest possible degree in their field.

Tuition and Fees

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For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Italian Studies

Students pursuing the Italian studies minor will focus on the development of linguistic and cultural proficiency across disciplines. Students must take 15 hours of upper-division courses for the minor, including: 

  • Three upper-division courses in Italian (nine credit hours)
  • Six credit hours of upper-division courses related to Italian culture

Study Abroad

Study in Italy

SLU’s Italian Studies program offers more study abroad options in Italy than any language program in the greater St. Louis area. Students can choose from summer, semester or yearlong options that include Spring Hill College Italy Center in Bologna, the Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, the Babilonia Institute in Taormina, Sicily, the Loyola University Rome Campus or the Villa Nazareth in Rome. Scholarships are available through each individual study abroad program, as well as from other organizations.