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Italian Studies

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in Italian studies offers you oral and written proficiency of the Italian language, as well as an understanding of Italian art, history, music, spirituality, politics and philosophy.


Major in Italian Studies

Some Italian studies courses are cross-listed with English, women’s and gender studies, film studies, international studies and SLU’s Honors Program so that students can tailor their curriculum to suit their needs and interests.

Italian studies majors at Saint Louis University take at least 18 hours of oral and written Italian communication courses within a wider liberal arts education.

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. Nearly any other discipline can be considered, including history, political science, psychology, theology and science.

If you choose to major in Italian studies at Saint Louis University, you'll participate in cultural activities regularly hosted by the Italian studies program. Cooking lessons, games of bocce, movie nights and outings with the Italian Club are common events and are normally held in SLU's Center for Global Citizenship. 

Curriculum

The program requires 27 credit hours of upper-division classes. Of these, 18 must be taken in the Italian division. These must include:

  • ITAL 3010: Written Communication in Italian I
  • ITAL 3020: Oral Communication in Italian I
  • ITAL 4010: Written Communication in Italian II
  • ITAL 4020: Oral Communication in Italian II

Outside the Italian division, nine credit hours of upper-division classes are required. The approval of the program is required for these courses.

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
Faculty

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.

Minor in Italian Studies

The Italian studies minor consists of 15 credit hours of upper-division courses. Of these, nine must be taken in the Italian department. Outside the Italian division, six credit hours of upper-division classes are required.


Study Abroad

Study in Italy

SLU’s Italian Studies program offers more study abroad options in Italy than any language program in St. Louis. Students can choose from summer, semester or yearlong options that include Spring Hill College Italy Center in Bologna, UNH-in-Italy in Ascoli Piceno, the Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, 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.