Italian, B.A.

Program Coordinator: Luca Cottini, Ph.D.
Office Location: 339 Saint Augustine Center
Telephone: 610-519-3763


Knowledge of Italian provides access to a rich cultural background, and, at the same time, to a singular perspective on contemporary world. While exploring the master of Western thought (Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Bernini, Galileo, and Vico to name a few), the encounter with Italian culture provides also a singular reflection on current events, by embodying a unique business model (in fashion, design, and the culinary industry) and a peculiar political perspective on Europe and America.

MAJOR (31 credits)

The Italian Studies Program, within the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, is designed to make students fluent in Italian, to expose them to Italian culture in all its aspects (literature, visual arts, design, history, cinema), to broaden their intellectual horizon, and to introduce them to the professional world. Italian offers a flexible major or minor, which can be easily combined with majors in psychology, communications, humanities, economics, business, nursing, law and politics. 

Program Notes:

  • Majors and minors can earn some of their credits by studying in Italy through the affiliated summer programs in Perugia, Rome, and Milan.

Required Major Courses:

Item #
Italian Electives  +


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2020. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 




Bachelor of Arts