Saint Louis University


Simone Bregni, Ph.D., Director
Morrissey Hall 1523


  • Italian is one of the major European cultural languages. Throughout the centuries Italians have made a fundamental contribution to the development of Western civilization in such fields as literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, music, philosophy and the sciences. Italian is very important for students of these disciplines.
  • Italy is the cradle of Roman civilization and also heir to part of Greek civilization (in Magna Graecia), Italian is indispensable for the study of Greco-Roman history, art and archeology.
  • Italy is part of the seven most industrialized countries in the world. The study of Italian will open the door to one of the most exciting countries of Europe. The Italian scene of today is extraordinarily rich in such fields as literature, performing arts, cinema, design, politics, sports, fashion, and industry. Hundreds of American companies operate in Italy.
  • Many professional graduate schools are open to language majors: Law schools, schools of International Affairs or Diplomacy, etc.


  • The Italian section at St. Louis University offers language courses at different levels, which satisfy the language requirements. A variety of courses dealing in Italian art, history, music, spirituality, politics and philosophy are offered through different Departments at SLU.
  • A variety of Study Abroad programs in Italy are available for students of Italian. Italy is a great place to visit!
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