World Languages and Cultural Studies

Italian Studies Major

Major in Italian Studies

As an Italian studies student, you’ll develop your language skills while immersing yourself in Italian literature, history and culture.

In addition to becoming fluent in Italian, you’ll also take part in an interdisciplinary program that covers topics ranging from medieval civilization to international financial management.

What You’ll Learn

In the Italian studies program, you will:

  • Hone your ability to understand, speak and write Italian.
  • Be immersed in the language by taking select courses that are taught entirely in Italian.
  • Gain a greater understanding of Italian literature, film and other creative achievements.
  • Study the cultural heritage and history of Italy, from classical to modern times.
  • Explore topics related to international politics, finances and business.

Hands-On Learning

You can elect to spend a semester in Florence, Italy, through CAPA, Merrimack’s study-abroad provider that coordinates academics, housing and excursions, and provides in-country support. Through your travel and coursework, you’ll broaden your worldview, enabling you to pursue a career in business, government or the nonprofit sector. Bonus? If teaching is in your future, you can secure Massachusetts licensure through Merrimack and explore your options as an Italian and education double major.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the Italian studies program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a career in business, academics, politics, the arts or a variety of other fields. Positions may include:

  • Cultural adviser
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign Service officer
  • Intelligence officer
  • International business consultant
  • Teacher
  • Translator

Courses You’ll Take