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The Italian studies program at Saint Louis University provides so much more than proficiency in a foreign language.

View of a Venice canal.

With Italian being one of Europe's major languages, Italy's crucial role in the development of Western civilization, and the country's ties to non-Western cultures, the program gives students access to a rich curriculum drawing from centuries-long contributions in literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, music, philosophy and science.

As a student in the Italian studies program, you have the flexibility to take courses in fine and performing arts, philosophy, theology and history. The program offers courses cross-listed with English, women's and gender studies, film studies, international studies, and the Honors Program so you can tailor the curriculum to suit your needs and interests.

The Italian studies program offers opportunities beyond the classroom. La Tavola Italiana - The Italian Table meets weekly at SLU's Center for Global Citizenship to provide casual conversation opportunities to all students at SLU. Italian Movie Night is a regular event offered by the program in which students watch the original versions of Italian movies, learning about daily life in Italy and cultural and historic topics. The student-directed Italian Club also hosts cooking classes, bocce games and movie nights, among other events. Italian studies students have received prestigious awards including UN, Fulbright, National Italian American Foundation and Teach in Italy fellowships. These awards have assisted them in starting careers in international relations, law, business, arts management, and other fields.

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