Italian Studies


Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Italian Studies?

Students of Italian Studies explore the vast contributions of Roman and Italian culture to the Western World. Covering an extensive chronological period from ancient Roman times and the Renaissance to the contemporary scene, this program promotes an awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the role Italian culture has played in the evolution of modern thought and art. Students also discover how this geographical region, where civilization has flourished for three millennia, continues to influence the world as an modern economic power.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Interdisciplinary studies

The program's interdepartmental framework brings together insights and applications from various disciplines (including the arts, music, architecture, and history) to enlarge perspective and increase appreciation for the Arts and Humanities. Majors can choose from among a wide array of core and supplementary courses with the option of a concentration in Italian Language and Literature.

Study abroad

Through the study-abroad program in Urbino, Italy, students can experience Italian culture and perfect their language skills. This workshop is the oldest continuously running summer study-abroad program at Miami.


A number of scholarships and awards are available for talented students pursuing majors within the Department of French and Italian.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

In addition to classes in art, classics, and history, required courses include first-year Italian and a survey of Italian history and culture. Students who wish to concentrate their studies on Italian language and literature are advised to choose core courses taught in Italian or supplemented by an Italian-taught companion course. Those primarily interested in Italian history and artistic production with a minimum of language instruction may choose core courses taught in English.

What can I do with this major?

Students of Italian Studies often pursue careers in international business, international law, diplomacy, and foreign affairs. Italian Studies can also be used as a foundation for further education, work within American businesses with a presence in Italy, or work within Italian industries that are establishing a presence in the U.S., such as fashion, tourism, and scientific and technological research.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of French and Italian
Dr. Sante Matteo
207 Irvin Hall
Oxford, OH 45056