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

SLU's major in Italian studies is offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Some Italian studies courses are cross-listed with English, women’s and gender studies, film studies, international studies and SLU’s Honors Program so you can tailor your curriculum to suit your needs and interests.

Italian studies majors at Saint Louis University take at least 21 hours of Italian courses, including oral and written Italian communication courses and culture, literature and film courses. 

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. 

Highlighted Courses

The program requires students to take Italian 2010 and 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

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.

  • Simone Bregni, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Italian
  • Claudia Karagoz, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor  of Italian
  • Elena Dalla Torre, Ph.D.
    NTT Assistant Professor
  • Theresa Biggs
    Adjunct Instructor of Italian
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

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 take Italian 2010 and 15 credit hours of upper-division courses. Of these, nine must be taken in the Italian program. Outside the Italian program, 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, the Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, the Babilonia Institute in Taormina, Sicily, UNH-in-Italy in Ascoli Piceno, 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.