Italian Major

Overview of Program

The Italian Program is designed to enable students to attain speaking, writing, and reading proficiency in the Italian language and deep knowledge of Italian culture and society.  Students may pursue the major or minor in Italian and/or the interdisciplinary Italian Studies Concentration.  Students majoring in Italian must study for a semester or year in Italy, but all students are encouraged to study abroad or participate in the department’s faculty-led Summer Program in Florence, Italy.  Students who in the past majored or minored in Italian or completed the Italian Studies Concentration embarked on successful careers in the global arena, including business, accounting, marketing, and human resources; tourism; the secret service; fashion; and academia.

Why study Italian? Take a look at this flier for more information about the language, employment opportunities, and must see locations available for those who speak Italian!

Students may also choose to focus on Italian as part of the B.A. in International-Language Business or B.S. in Secondary Education.

Major Requirements

Students majoring in Italian will complete 36 credits in Italian language and culture, including literature and cinema.  To fulfill part of the major requirement, they will participate in a semester- or year-long study abroad in Italy during their junior year.  In preparation for this step, they will be guided through the process of choosing and applying to a program in Italy.

Students who major in Italian must also complete a senior portfolio prior to graduation.

Study Abroad

The World Languages and Cultures Department organizes an annual, summer session, faculty-led study abroad program in Florence, Italy. See the Study Abroad page for more information.

Italian Courses Offered

  • Beginning Italian
  • Intermediate Italian
  • Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • Italian Culture and Society
  • The Craft of Translation
  • Survey of Italian Literature I
  • Survey of Italian Literature II
  • Italian Short Story
  • Italian Theater
  • Italian Cinema
  • Italian Women’s Writing
  • Gender in Italian Cinema
  • Topics in Italian Studies

Contact Information

Virginia Picchietti, Ph.D., Professor of Italian
Marzia Caporale, Ph.D., Professor of French and Italian

To learn more about the Italian program, contact Dr. Virginia Picchietti.

Dr. Virginia Picchietti
320 O'Hara Hall