The Italian Program develops students' linguistic proficiency while providing them with a strong interdisciplinary knowledge of Italian culture.

Why study Italian?

From art, literature, music and cinema, to finance, politics and science, Italy has greatly influenced world culture. The study of Italian culture and its role in the evolution of the Western world since Antiquity is essential for a fuller understanding of the political, economic and cultural forces that continue to shape the Mediterranean, Europe and the world.

The lower-division language classes help students develop a basic communicative competency in Italian as well as cultural and intercultural awareness.

The interdisciplinary Major in Italian Studies and the Italian Minor explore the breadth of Italian literature, history and culture, while at the same time building and reinforcing language proficiency. Students who major in Italian Studies may integrate their knowledge of Italian culture with other disciplines by taking upper-division courses in other departments. They can also combine the major in Italian Studies with a second major or a minor in another discipline.

Study Abroad: Italian Majors and Minors can take advantage of our summer- and semester-long study-abroad programs in Italy (information is available at the Office of International Studies Abroad). 

Scholarships: Every year outstanding majors in Italian Studies at USD receive awards funded by the Tagliaferri Family Italian Studies Scholarship. They can also apply for many national scholarships such as the ones offered by NIAF, UNICO National, and The Order of the Sons of Italy, among others, and participate in numerous essay contests. 

Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Italian class at USD or elsewhere.

What can I do with a Major in Italian Studies?

Italian Studies majors can pursue careers in many different fields, including: archeology, art, business, finance, marketing, tourism and hospitality, enology and culinary arts, design, teaching and education, fashion, film, international relations, writing, journalism and communications, translation and interpreting and many others.