As an Italian studies major, you go beyond standard impressions of Italy and explore the country's vital role in the transnational development of culture. You study language and culture in introductory courses, and in more advanced courses learn to use criticism and theory to explore literature, film and history. Our goal is to sharpen your critical appreciation of Italy and also your own native culture -- and to prepare you for a career in an increasingly global landscape. We encourage you to think broadly and pursue independent studies. Recent students have gone abroad to research a variety of issues, including the emergence of feminist centers in Italy and how China's expanding market is threatening the stability of the Italian fashion industry. Other students have secured internships in Italy to study such topics as the promotion of alternative energy in Italy.

International opportunities and study abroad

We encourage you to spend either a semester or a year in Venice, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Rome or Palermo. You might also travel abroad with classmates and Connecticut College professors for a semester in Italy through the College's Study Away Teach Away program.

Special opportunities

We want you to follow your passions. Students have combined Italian studies with interests in film, art, art history, architecture, fashion, design, literature, music, international politics, economics, history, sociology, gender studies, religion and anthropology. You can also pursue a certificate from the College's interdisciplinary Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts or our museum studies program.