Program Coordinator: Luca Cottini, Ph.D.
Office Location: 339 Saint Augustine Center
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.
- Majors and minors can earn some of their credits by studying in Italy through the affiliated summer programs in Perugia, Rome, and Milan.