Meet our Italian Majors and Alumni


Majoring in Italian can take you where you want to go!

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. 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.


Arts and Sciences in Action: An Italian View of the World


"Whether she’s watching “Life is Beautiful” in its original Italian, discussing the plays and novels of Luigi Pirandello with her aunt in Naples, or learning about the social and political issues facing modern Italy, Maria Di Costanzo always feels inspired in the Department of Italian."

Maria Di Costanzo

Study Italian

Learn a beautiful and expressive language
Study iconic art, cinema, and literature
Explore Italian history, politics, and culture
Live in a beautiful Renaissance town

The Department of Italian is part of the School of Arts and Sciences

As an Italian major in the School of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have full access to a liberal arts education that spans 47 programs for undergraduates. You will acquire both the specialized knowledge of the field you choose to study in depth, and broad knowledge of the world from the renowned scholar-teachers at Rutgers. You’ll graduate ready to meet contemporary challenges in your workplace, in your hometown, and in the global community.

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