Italian Studies Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at

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 Program develops students’ linguistic proficiency while providing them with a strong interdisciplinary knowledge of Italian culture. The lower-division language classes help students develop 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 culture, literature, cinema and history, 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 International Center, Serra Hall, Room 201, or at  

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