Students who are lovers of ancient Rome or Renaissance Florence, of soccer, pasta or Petrarch, will find something for them in the Italian program. Our undergraduate curriculum enables our students to achieve a high level of proficiency in Italian language, and gives them extensive preparation in Italian literature and culture, as well as opportunities for travel and study abroad.

Our semester and year-long study abroad program in Padua enables students to immerse themselves in Italian culture, thereby deepening their understanding of it. The study of Italian will prepare students for a career in academia, international business, international medicine, international law, international relations or diplomacy, as well as in the fine arts and teaching.

We offer intellectually dynamic and personally rewarding social environment, enhanced by Tavola Italiania, and our ongoing series of lectures, films, and artistic performancesBenvenuti a tutti!

Studying Italian

Roma, caput mundi

All roads lead to Rome!! Through language learning, the study of Italian literature, cultural contact both in the classroom and (should you choose) Italy, as well as locally with members of the Italian-American community, you’ll discover how much of Western culture can trace its origins to Italy. In our language, culture, and literature courses you’ll learn to speak and write Italian, and in our advanced courses in literature, history of Italian, and cultural analysis you’ll refine these skills. Through their focus on Italy past and present, our courses will enable you to design your future.

Firenze, la culla del Rinascimento

Few moments are as important in the history of Western art as the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Florence. Names like Brunelleschi, Leonardo, Michelangelo are household words, and the artists behind the names all emerged from the astonishingly fertile Florentine artistic culture of the early and high Renaissance. You can combine your study of Italian with the study of art history as well as with many other fields, including European history; history of science; music history; women, gender, and sexuality studies; religion; applied linguistics; second language acquisition; translation studies; Mediterranean studies. Many of your cross-disciplinary adventures will take you to important Italian cities, such as Florence (art history), Bologna (music history), and Rome (religion).

La bella Napoli

Where would we be without pizza? Invented in Naples, this ubiquitous Italian pie not only fills millions of hungry stomachs every day, it also serves as the cornerstone for more than one American business. Business is but one of many careers that the study of Italian will open up for you, both here in the United States and abroad.

Careers & Outcomes

Italian majors to go on to find success across a wide spectrum of industries. Explore our career resources and outcomes.


Our Faculty

Our faculty take an active interest in our students, providing support and encouragement throughout their studies as they become dynamic, conscientious, and informed members of today's global community.

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More questions? Connect with our Director of Undergraduate Studies for Italian.

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