For students interested in diving into a cultural tradition central to the humanities, the Italian Studies major is an ideal interdisciplinary course of study. The Italian Studies major at Saint Joseph's University provides students the opportunity to build competency in the Italian language and acquire knowledge that will prepare them for careers in cultural preservation, diplomacy, governmental service, business, teaching, museum education or the arts. It also prepares students to pursue graduate study in fields including, but not limited to: international relations, law, and advanced work in the humanities.
The curriculum consists of 10 courses in which students explore the complexities of Italian culture and history through a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. Up to four courses may be taken in English; courses span a variety of disciplines, including art, classical studies, film studies, history, linguistics, music, philosophy and political science.
To enhance their learning experience, Italian Studies students are encouraged to participate in experiential learning and to study abroad.
Students may combine a major in Italian Studies with a second major in a numerous fields, including: Political Science, International Business, History, Fine Arts, Education, English, Linguistics or an additional language.