Why minor in Italian?
Because in exploring Italian language and culture, students gain an extraordinary vantage point to pursue a genuinely interdisciplinary education.
Because Italy has one of the 10 largest economies in the world, and many employers seek graduates proficient in Italian. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Because Italy is a world leader in fashion and design, tourism, and the food and automotive industries, as well as being one of the world’s largest producers of renewable energy; students planning careers in such fields greatly benefit from knowing Italian.
A distinct feature of the minor is the breadth of its curriculum, which includes full-immersion language courses at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, literature seminars taught entirely in Italian, and interdisciplinary courses such as “Florence and the Making of the Renaissance” and “Italy: A Journey Through its Food, History and Culture,” which are taught in English.
Research & Experiential Learning
Through our partnership with the Department of Global and Cultural Engagement, the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers study abroad opportunities and virtual classes on the international stage. Check out all the possibilities!
Faculty-led trips abroad are another great way to apply your learning and better understand different cultures. Popular faculty-led trips include Florence, Italy, led by Professor Filippo Naitana
Explore Your Future
Graduates with strong language and intercultural competencies have an advantage in almost any industry.