The Italian major seeks to foster linguistic fluency and appreciation of Italian culture. In addition to acquiring advanced oral and written proficiency in the Italian language, majors will have the opportunity to access Italy's rich literary and cultural heritage through a variety of venues, including short stories, novels, poetry, film, music, art, and contemporary newspapers.
A major in Italian can lead to a variety of national and international careers in foreign service, international banking and trade, fashion marketing, film, journalism, and teaching. Valuable experience can be gained through the many study abroad options available to Italian majors in Florence, Bologna, Padova, and Ferrara, among others. For first-year students please see the selecting courses page, as well as all currently listed courses. In addition to learning Italian, students may also want to study the political institutions and ideals, principles of philosophy and science that are part of the rich legacy that the ancient Greeks and Romans handed down to western Europe through a classics major or minor.