What Sets Our Program Apart
As an Italian studies major, you’ll take courses in our state-of-the-art language labs and get an interactive learning experience. Beyond achieving linguistic, literacy and cultural competency, you’ll also get first-hand experience and knowledge of the Italian language and culture through internships, scholarships and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages’ study abroad programs in countries such as Rome, Florence and Milan.
You can also take advantage of the Italian Club, which hosts conversation groups, conferences and cultural trips to the Philadelphia Opera, Philadelphia Museum of Art and International Italian Film Festival and more. These experiences will allow you to apply the skills you learn in the classroom and explore a wide range of career paths and professional interests.
The Italian studies major at Saint Joseph’s University features a curriculum of 10 courses, six of which must be an Italian language course starting at the 100 level or higher. The four other courses may be taken in English and span a variety of disciplines including art, classical studies, film studies, history, linguistics, music, philosophy and political science.
Through your studies of Italian culture and language, you will develop and grow as a critical thinker and develop a global perspective that will prepare you for any career path. In your courses, you will research, analyze and report results by using Italian as a tool of investigation and as a means of communication.
What Can I Do with an Italian Studies Major?
The Italian studies major is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who want to communicate effectively in both spoken and written Italian and gain a deep understanding of the history, culture and current events of the Italian-speaking world. Majoring in Italian studies will give you a strong foundation for graduate or professional school and can lead to careers in fields such as:
- International relations
View required courses for this program in the academic catalog. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program curriculum.
Affordable tuition rates can be found on our tuition and fees website.*
*Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our tuition & fees page for a detailed breakdown.
There is no application deadline for this program. Here are recommended application submission dates:
February 1 – recommended application submission for Fall semester
August 1 – recommended application submission for Spring semester
Saint Joseph’s accepts students on a year-round basis, so any applications received after these dates will be considered for the next applicable semester. Contact the Office of Admission for information regarding space availability at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-660-1300.
1. To be considered for admission, you must have graduated from an approved secondary school (or be on track to graduate), received a diploma from an accredited home school association or earned a GED.
2. A high school transcript with an official school stamp or an official GED transcript is required. High school transcripts must include courses completed through your junior year as well as courses in progress during your senior year. If you’ve attended any post-secondary institutions, official transcripts for those institutions are required as well.
Transfer credit may be awarded for previous coursework. A course must meet the following requirements to be considered for transfer to Saint Joseph’s University:
- Undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or above
- Graduate courses with a grade of “B” or above
- Pass/Fail grades are not eligible for transfer credit
- Must be from a regionally or programmatically accredited institution
- The coursework must match the course offered at Saint Joseph's
- Some programs have a time limit for specific courses
- Earned credit may be submitted for review based on a timeline of less than or equal to 5 to 10 years between completion of course and enrollment at SJU
*Visit the transfer page for a detailed breakdown of courses and institutions eligible for transfer.
If you are not a United States citizen, you must show proof of permanent resident visa status. Students educated in another country may be admitted if they:
- Satisfy general admission requirements
- Earn a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey
Students from English-speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT as an option to the TOEFL exam. An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service or other approved agency is required.
Saint Joseph’s is a military-friendly institution and offers assistance and services to veterans and their dependents who are utilizing educational benefits. Benefits include:
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 33 Post 911 GI Bill®
- Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance
- Chapter 1606 National Guard or Reserves
- Chapter 1607 National Guard or Reserves (REAP) (*if eligible, must be utilized by November 25, 2019)
- Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program (EAP)
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)