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

Italian at USD is a vibrant program that develops students’ communicative proficiency while providing them with a strong knowledge of Italian culture beyond traditional disciplinary and geographic confines.

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

The Major in Italian Studies and the Italian Minor explore the breadth of Italian culture, literature, cinema and history, while at the same time building and reinforcing linguistic 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. Double majors in Italian Studies and another subject can benefit from a highly personalized program of study.

Study Abroad: Students of Italian can take advantage of our faculty-led summer program (201 in Italy) and the 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.

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

  • Art and Archeology
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Enology and culinary arts
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Diplomacy and International relations
  • Writing,
  • Journalism and communications
  • Teaching and education
  • Translation and interpreting
  • and many others…

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