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Why Study Italian?

Why study Italian?

  • A knowledge of Italian is important for people in the arts, technology, business and many professions. It is also useful for students planning careers in art history, music, linguistics, education and international relations.
  • Italian is the fourth language most spoken in US homes, according to the US Census Bureau. It is also spoken in Switzerland, parts of Africa, the Balkans, and the island of Malta.
  • Italy is world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, etc. Those planning careers in these fields benefit greatly from knowing Italian.
  • Art historians need Italian. Italy is filled with the world's greatest art treasures.
  • Italy has long been a magnet for the tourism industry: millions and millions of people visit Italy every year.

What can I do with an Italian major?

  • The Italian major consists of 30 credit-hours in courses numbered above 200 in one of two concentrations (Literature or Italian Studies). An Italian major is also offered through the Language and World Business program.
  • The Italian minor consists of 18 credit-hours in courses numbered above 200.

Italian Major

The Italian major consists of 30 hours numbered 311 and above.

Italian Minor

The Italian minor consists of 18 hours in courses numbered 311 and above. Students pursuing a minor must consult with a departmental advisor.

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