Saint Louis University

Menu Search

Italian Studies

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in Italian studies offers you so much more than proficiency in a foreign language. The vibrant program gives students access to a rich multidisciplinary curriculum.


Major in Italian Studies

SLU's major in Italian studies is offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The Italian Studies program is interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary in nature. The focus of the Italian Studies major is the development of linguistic and cultural proficiency within a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary context.

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

Curriculum

The program requires students take 30 credit hours of upper-division classes. These must include:

Required Courses (15 hours)

  • ITAL 2010: Intermediate Italian: Language & Culture (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3010: Written Communication in Italian I (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3020: Oral Communication in Italian I (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 4010: Written Communication in Italian II (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 4020: Oral Communication in Italian II (three credit hours)

Italian Elective Coursework (6 hours)
In addition, students must take six credit hours of coursework with the Italian Elective attribute. These courses could include, but are not limited to:

  • ITAL 3201: Italian Cinema Major/Minor (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3301: Women and Gender in Italy Major/Minor (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3401: Dante's Divine Comedy Major/Minor (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3451: Mafia and Antimafia in Italian Culture Major/Minor (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3501: Enlightening Tales: The Works of Italo Calvino Major/Minor (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3551: Women, Knights, Weapons, Love: Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature Major/Minor (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3601: Eros, Power & Play: Pre-Modern Italian Literature Major/Minor (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3651: All things Trans-: Modern Italy Across Borders & Cultures Major/Minor (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3701: Global Italy: Migration and Multiculturalism Major/Minor (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 3930: Special Topics (one to three credit hours)
  • ITAL 4200: Dante's Divine Comedy (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 4350: Themes in Italian Literature of the Nineteenth Century (three credit hours)
  • ITAL 4930: Special Topics (one to three credit hours)

Related Studies (9 hours)
Students also take 9 credit hours of upper-division (3XXX or above) coursework with the Italian — Related Studies attribute in other disciplines, outside the Italian program, such as:

  • ARTH 3020: Christian Iconography (three credit hours)
  • ARTH 3400: Art of Pilgrimage and Crusades (three credit hours)
  • ARTH 3500: Early Renaissance Art & Culture (three credit hours)
  • ARTH 3510: High Renaissance Art/Italy: Adv (three credit hours)
  • ARTH 3600: Italian Baroque Art (three credit hours)
  • ARTH 4520: Renaissance Women and Art (three credit hours)
  • ASTD 3010: Ethnic Groups in the U.S. (three credit hours)
  • HIST 3050: The Middle Ages 1100 to 1450 (three credit hours)
  • HIST 3090: The Age of Renaissance (three credit hours)
  • HIST 3150: Europe since 1945 (three credit hours)
  • HIST 3400: Italy: 900-1860 (three credit hours)
  • HIST 3410: Italy: 1860-Present (three credit hours)
  • HIST 3730: Daily Life in Early Mod Europe (three credit hours)
  • LLC 3250: Migrants and Borders on Screen: The Cinema (three credit hours)
  • MUSC 3300: History of Music I (three credit hours)
  • MUSC 3310: History of Music II (three credit hours)
  • PHIL 4500: Medieval Philosophy (three credit hours)
  • SPAN 4110: Language and Linguistics (three credit hours)
  • SPAN 4130: Second Language Acquisition (three credit hours)
  • THEO 3370: Teachers in Medieval Christianity (three credit hours)
  • WGST 3300: Intercultural Communication (three credit hours)
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.

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.

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Cost Calculator
Financial Aid

Minor in Italian Studies

Like the Italian Studies major, the Italian Studies minor (18 credit hours) is interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary in nature. The focus of the Italian Studies minor is the development of linguistic and cultural proficiency within a interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary context.

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • ITAL 2010 Intermediate Italian: Language & Culture (three credit hours)
  • Any three of the following ITAL upper division [3XXX or above] courses: ITAL 3010, 3020, 4010, 4020 or any course with an Italian elective attribute

Related Studies (6 hours)
Additional 6 credit hours of upper-division (3XXX or above) courses with the Italian — Related Studies attribute in other disciplines, outside the Italian program. See the description of the Italian Studies major for a list of possible courses.


Study Abroad

Study in Italy

SLU’s Italian Studies program offers more study abroad options in Italy than any language program in the greater St. Louis area. 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, 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.