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B.A. in Italian Studies

John Cabot University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
24,900 USD
Spring 2021

24,900 USD
Summer 2021

24,900 USD
Fall 2021

Program description

B.A. in Italian Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies is a rigorous interdisciplinary degree that combines the study of Italian literature, culture, society, and politics while developing students’ fluency in Italian language. The context of an American liberal arts university exposes students to many fields of study and ways of approaching intellectual problems related to Italy, while John Cabot University’s Roman setting enables students to engage daily with the multifaceted realities of contemporary Italian life.

The core curriculum combines a progression of language courses which develop a high level of proficiency in all language skills areas (C1 of the Common European Framework) with courses that provide students with a strong foundation in Italian literary and cultural studies and in the country’s evolving social, political and business environments. Students are then guided to further carve out their preferred areas of specialization through appropriate choices of major electives. Italian Studies majors have the exceptional opportunity to enhance their study with on-site learning and field research, and they are strongly encouraged to do internships in companies, organizations and institutions which best fit their career plans. The major culminates in the final year when each student selects a topic and works individually with a specialized faculty member to research and write a senior thesis.

The major is thus designed to develop strong critical, communicative and intercultural skills that are essential preparation for today’s job market. It unites practical training in translation and exposure to the Italian business world with courses in literary, cultural and social theory and methodologies, all in small classes that permit active learning and intensive work with our expert faculty. Our graduates have gone on to work in Italian businesses, media, and other culture industries and in Rome’s UN agencies, while others have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs in Italy, the US and internationally.

Admission requirements

Please visit the university website for more information about admission requirements.

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Program content

Core Curriculum

  • Advanced Italian I
  • Advanced Italian II
  • Introduction to Professional Translation or Italian Language Through Literature
  • Elements of Italian Literature
  • Roots of Italian Identities
  • Italy from the Risorgimento to the First World War (1815 - 1915)or Italy from Mussolini to the Crisis of the First Republic (1918 to present) or other courses in Modern Italian History
  • Contemporary Italian Society or Italian Politics and Society
  • Made in Italy: The Italian Business Environment
  • Italian Media and Popular Culture
  • Advanced Workshop in Italian Writing
  • Social Science Research Methods or Researching Rome: Fieldwork in the Eternal City or Research and Writing in the Humanities
  • Senior Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents & Canadian citizens (10-17 credit hours): $24,900 US per year
  • Citizens of countries other than the U.S. or Canada (10-17 credit hours): €18,000 per year


Learning Outcomes of the B.A. in Italian Studies

Students with a B.A. in Italian Studies are able to:

  • Communicate in Italian in the four language skills areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) at the C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference.
  • Identify, interpret and explain the major developments and forces shaping Italian social, political and cultural history.
  • Distinguish, discuss and evaluate the role of key trends and works in Italian literature, cinema and other forms of cultural production.
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of contemporary Italian culture and society and the ability to function effectively within it.
  • Engage with the principles of relevant literary, cultural and social theory, with an awareness of the particular perspectives and relative strengths and weaknesses of each approach, and apply these in their own critical analyses of the material studied.
  • Apply appropriate methodological strategies and information literacy skills to identify, use and document primary and secondary materials in full respect of academic integrity and ethical standards.
  • Communicate information and analytical interpretations clearly and effectively in written and spoken English.

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John Cabot University

At John Cabot University, Rome is your campus. JCU combines the best qualities of an American liberal arts college with the history and cultural heritage of the Eternal City. With its world-class faculty and students hailing from over 80 countries,...

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Why study at John Cabot University

Located in the heart of the Eternal City, John Cabot University is a unique place. It combines the best qualities of American liberal arts education, with the history and rich cultural heritage of Rome, a city that is at the same time one of the cradles of western civilization and a vibrant center of international life.

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John Cabot University

Via della Lungara 233
00165 Rome

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