What Can I Do with a Major in 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.

Italian Studies majors*:
  • perceive word patterns and structures
  • translate ideas/languages
  • explain other cultures
  • compose and express thoughts

Like other liberal arts backgrounds, a major in foreign language and literature serves as a good base for careers in fields where broad educational experience is more important than a strictly vocational major. Combining language knowledge with other skills can lead to positions in such diverse areas as journalism, business, tourism, and government service. A second major or minor are options many language students choose to help achieve their career goals.

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.

Career options for Italian Studies graduates include**:
  • interpreter
  • travel agent
  • foreign correspondent
  • immigration inspector
  • international public relations specialist

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Italian Studies majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Italian Studies majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.