General Bachelor of Arts requirements - Italian

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Italian is a Romance Language spoken by more than 85 million people around the world.  It is widely used in the arts, business, and technology.  Whether you want to work overseas, research your family roots, study art in the land of Michelangelo and Da Vinci, read Dante’s Divine Comedy in the original, or simply learn to order dinner in an Italian restaurant, the study of Italian will start you on your journey.

Iowa’s Italian Program is part of the Department of French and Italian, in the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and includes faculty and instructors with a wide range of interests and expertise.  The small size of the program ensures that you will receive personal attention from each instructor. A background in Italian is advantageous for students planning careers in international business, tourism and teaching, as well as for opera singers, musicians, art and art history majors, and for those who study architecture, fashion and design.  With over a thousand Italian companies doing business in the United States, the major or minor in Italian combines well with careers options in a wide variety of fields.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Italian teaches students about the language, literature and culture of Italy, preparing students to thrive in today’s global community, as well as providing a critical appreciation of the historical and contemporary importance of Italy. The degree is an excellent foundation for graduate study in Italian or in other fields requiring knowledge of a world language, and can be combined with a second major in an area such as international studies, political science, finance, travel, journalism, communication studies, or another world language.


The requirements for the major can be found in the University of Iowa General Catalog: