In a large research university like Rutgers, students in the Department of Italian benefit from a liberal arts college atmosphere – in smaller, seminar-style courses, they receive training directly from our award-winning research faculty.
Most students in our program begin with little to no Italian, and complete their degree able to understand, discuss, and write analytically about novels, poetry, film, and pressing issues of international significance in their original language.
Our undergraduate program prepares students for a globalized world by providing them cultural immersion and fluency in a language other than English, and solid training in the humanities through a focus on textual analysis, critical thinking and writing, and intercultural interpretation.
Italian and Italian Studies
The Department of Italian offers two Major tracks: Italian and Italian Studies. Students who wish to attain fluency in Italian and pursue advanced coursework and research in literature, film, and culture in the Italian language choose the Italian Major. Students who wish to pursue a more interdisciplinary track—with coursework in English in the Departments of Art History, Classics, History, and Music—choose the Italian Studies Major. The Department also offers Minors in both tracks.
A degree in Italian or Italian Studies opens the door to many professional graduate schools, including law schools and schools of international affairs or diplomacy, as well as to careers in education, international business (finance, import/export, wine, food, fashion), journalism, and public relations.
Students often combine an Italian Major with Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies, Communication, Comparative Literature, English, History, or Nutrition.
For many of our students, the highlight of their time in the Department is their study abroad experience.
Those who excel in coursework are encouraged to participate in the Departmental Honors Program.