Italian Studies

Major and Minor

The study of Italian focuses on a knowledge of the language itself, which can then be followed by the study of Italian literature and culture. Students study texts written during specific periods of time such as the Italian Renaissance, genres such as short fiction and autobiography, and themes including the effects of war and gender roles. Students of Italian also perform in-depth study of significant authors such as Dante and Machiavelli, and strive to understand the influence of Italian authors on their country and the rest of the world.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

Small classes offer the ideal environment for active participation and discussion. The pro­gram’s flexibility encourages students to com­bine studies in other programs, such as history, anthropology, history of art, English, or film and media studies, with a major or minor in Italian. The department emphasizes intense reading of individual texts. Most courses beyond the level of basic language instruction are devoted to literature. The department sponsors a variety of on-campus activities, such as foreign films, lectures by visiting scholars, and informal conversation groups.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Appropriate level of Italian language
  • Consider an elective N, Q, or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Elective S course to begin distribution requirements
  • Two elective courses
  • Total 12-17 credits

Career Exploration

Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Italian Studies:

  • Understanding cultural diversity
  • Analyzing and translating content
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Comparing translations and interpretations
  • Reporting and editing information

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