Italian: Italian Studies Concentration (RL)

Italian is the voice of one of the most influential Western cultural traditions. Italy is the world's 7th-largest export economy, so Italian is increasingly important in business. Italian prepares you to engage with the current politics of migration in multi-ethnic Europe. The Italian Studies Major concentration offers an interdisciplinary exploration of modern Italian culture through literature, cinema, translation studies, the arts, fashion, tourism, Mediterranean cuisine, and much more. You may choose from many interdisciplinary programs to study or intern in Italy—leading to a wide variety of professional pathways including the arts, humanities, food culture, media and communications, architecture, and more!
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Explore Italian legacies in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences.

  2. Understand sociocultural diversity in Italy, the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Americas.

  3. Become a cross-cultural, informed, global citizen.

  4. Study or intern abroad in Italy for both your minor and/or major.

  5. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of future study or careers, including the green economy.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Italian pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Master of Arts (MA), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). A major in Italian provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Non-governmental organizations

Intragovernmental agencies (e.g. the United Nations)

Federal government agencies

Law firms

Public interest groups

Research institutes

Humanitarian services

International business

Print and broadcast media companies

Colleges and universities
Alumni Jobs

Experiential Marketing Manager

VP Marketing

Intelligence Analyst

Study Abroad Director


Adoptions coordinator

Courses You
May Need

1st Year
ITAL 101-2-3 or ITAL 104-105; ITAL 150, 152; WR 121; WR 122 or 123

2nd Year
ITAL 201-2-3; ITAL 252

3rd Year
Three from: ITAL 301-7, 320, or 3xx lang abroad; Two from Lit&Cin: ITAL 317-9, 341, etc.

4th Year
Four expertise courses: ITAL 417, RL 407, etc. Three electives, two of which may be 1xx-2xx

Major Credits
Required 36
Electives 12

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Oral and written communication

Critical thinking and analysis

Cross-cultural collaboration

Language tutoring and translating

Grant writing


Policy development & analysis

Program administration and evaluation

Economic and community development

Public outreach and community relations
Experiential learning opportunities

Research opportunities


Bilingual leaders

Student publications
Specialized Courses

Cultural Legacies of Italy

Desire and Resistance: Italian Cinema

The Italian-American Experience

Medieval Italian Culture

La Cucina Italiana

Humanism and the Renaissance

East Africa and Italy
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Art History

Business Administration

Cinema Studies

Global Studies

Food Studies

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