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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures


I. 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.

II. The Italian Program at USD: Major in Italian Studies and Minor in Italian

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

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).

III. What can I do with a Major in Italian Studies?

Italian Studies Majors can pursue careers in many different fields, including:

* Archeology, Art, Architecture, and Design

* Business and Finance

* Culinary arts

* Education

* Fashion

* Film

* International Relations

* International Law

* Journalism

* Translation and Interpreting