Home of the political and religious center of Western civilization, a founding member of the European Union and renowned for its visual arts, literature and theater, Italy has always been a hub of history and culture. From the Vatican to Versace, Italian influence can be felt anywhere on the globe.
A rich Italian culture in Philadelphia makes it a great place to learn about Italy and the Italian language. Students of Saint Joseph's Italian program are educated in Italian language, literature and culture through practical instruction and interactive learning. Small classes, multimedia classrooms and learning resources such as the language lab and writing center support Italian majors in achieving fluency and success. By focusing on full language immersion, graduates are prepared to work in business, finance, education, music, journalism, international relations and government.
Italian majors are encouraged to participate in experiential learning by studying abroad or taking summer courses in several cultural and historical centers of Italy. In their junior year, majors have the opportunity to spend a semester or year living and learning in Rome or Florence; additional summer study options in Rome, Florence, Venice and Tuscany are also available.
To help meet the demand for secondary Italian teachers, the Italian program offers secondary teacher certification.