The Bachelor of Arts in Italian fosters proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Italian, and it explores the literature, cinema and culture of Italy. Major requirements focus on developing a solid mastery of the four basic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and on providing an overview of Italian literature and civilization. In-depth study can be pursued through a variety of courses, with topics ranging from Dante's Divine Comedy to the Mafia in Italian cinema. An overseas summer program in Florence and semester and year-long study abroad programs in Bologna offer great opportunities to majors for immersive learning.
An Italian major allows students to establish linguistic fluency, which is important for jobs in many fields in our global economy. In addition to language skills, students who major in Italian gain many other skills that are important in today's job market: communication, negotiation, flexibility, adaptability, and multicultural understanding, among others.