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Italian Degree Requirements

The Italian Program at Saint Louis University offers a Major and a Minor in Italian Studies with a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary focus.


Major in Italian Studies

The focus of the Italian studies major is the development of linguistic proficiency within a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary context. The program requires 27 hours of upper-division classes. Of these, 18 must be taken in the Italian Division. These must include: Oral and Written Communication I and II. Outside the Italian Division, 9 hours of upper-division classes are required. For these courses, the approval of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is required.

Students are also strongly encouraged to select a second major; virtually any other discipline can be considered (e.g., history, political science, psychology, theology, the sciences and others). By becoming a double major, students will significantly improve opportunities when entering the work force, particularly in the areas of government service, or when applying for graduate study, especially in language and area studies programs.

Required Courses (18 hours)

ITAL 3010 Written Communication in Italian I 3
ITAL 3020 Oral Communication in Italian I 3
ITAL 4010 Written Communication in Italian II 3
ITAL 4020 Oral Communication in Italian II. 3
Any 2 upper division courses in Italian 6


Additional Requirements (9 hours)

Additional 9 credit hours of requirements are in upper-division courses relating to Italian Culture.

Total hours: 27


Minor in Italian Studies

The Italian Studies Minor consists of 15 hours of upper-division courses. Of these, 9 must be taken in the Italian Division. Outside the Italian Division, 6 hours of upper-division classes are required. For these courses, the approval of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is required.

Required Courses (9 hours)

Any 3 upper division courses in Italian 9

Additional Requirements (6 hours)

Additional 6 credit hours of requirements are in upper-division courses relating to Italian Culture.

Total hours: 15

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