Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Study Italian, you'll know why she's smiling.

Italian Program

It pays to know Italian, a language of global communication, business, technology, and the arts.

By learning Italian you will be able to speak to people on every continent. In addition to being the language of Italy and southern Switzerland, Italian is widely spoken along the Eastern Adriatic coast and in North Africa. It is spoken by millions of people in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.

With over 1,000 Italian companies operating in the United States and some 7,000 American companies in Italy, knowing Italian can open the door to careers in business, finance, marketing, public relations and computer technology. These companies need college graduates who can speak, read, and write Italian to communicate directly with offices in Italy. New opportunities also exist in such fields as environmental protection, air and water quality monitoring, and transportation.

If you are considering a career in international affairs, the foreign service, or diplomacy, Italy holds a strategic position in the Mediterranean, and in political and economic affairs as well.

Knowing Italian is also an advantage for careers in the arts and entertainment. Every year hundreds of Americans perform in Italy, where audiences welcome modern dance, jazz, multimedia performance art, and classical music. Moreover, knowledge of Italian is an asset that will provide life-long pleasure and enrichment. In literature, painting, music, and cinema, countless masterpieces have been produced by Italians, from Dante and Giotto to Verdi and Fellini.

The major in Italian has enabled graduates of our department to establish careers in, among other fields, international business, translation, television, and teaching.