Department Offers a New Interdisciplinary Major: Italian Studies!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Our newest major - Italian Studies - was approved by the Board of Trustees in February of this year.

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 Italian Studies 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. In addition, students can take advantage of our study-abroad programs in Italy (information is available at the Office of International Studies Abroad). Italian Studies Majors can pursue careers in many different fields, including art, business, culinary arts, design, education, fashion, film, international relations, journalism, and many others.

For information on the program, learning outcomes, course descriptions, and activities and events, please visit

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