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Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies



What will I learn?

Learning Italian leads to unique educational and professional opportunities

At Mount Holyoke College, our Italian faculties are a small group of dedicated professors and scholars. Rather than simply teaching a language, we teach you a whole culture and support your professional growth through language programs and internships in Italy. We keep our courses small and create a warm, supportive community that welcomes all students interested in Italian language and culture. Italian is renowned as the language of the arts, music, and opera. In the third millennium, at the crossroads of Mediterranean culture, Italy is quickly becoming a multicultural nation, with one of the top ten economies in the world. It is a leader in design, fashion, food and wine as well as in engineering, aerospace and medicine. The ability to speak, read and understand Italian and to have first-hand experience in Italian culture is vital and relevant in today’s interconnected global economies.


The Italian major seeks to foster linguistic fluency and appreciation of Italian culture. In addition to acquiring advanced oral and written proficiency in the Italian language, majors will have the opportunity to access Italy's rich literary and cultural heritage through a variety of venues, including short stories, novels, poetry, film, music, art, and contemporary newspapers.

A major in Italian can lead to a variety of national and international careers in Foreign Service, international banking and trade, fashion marketing, film, journalism, and teaching. Valuable experience can be gained through the many study abroad options available to Italian majors in Florence, Bologna, Pad ova, and Ferrara, among others. For first-year students please see the selecting courses page, as well as all currently listed courses. In addition to learning Italian, students may also want to study the political institutions and ideals, principles of philosophy and science that are part of the rich legacy that the ancient Greeks and Romans handed down to western Europe through a classics major.

Italian Major

The major requires a minimum of 32 credits, including courses in Italian conversation and composition (209), literature, and culture (221 or 222, four 300-level courses in Italian literature and culture to be approved by the department and 8 additional credits in Italian.

Courses lower than ITAL-209 cannot be counted toward the major. Independent Study (ITAL-395) may not be used as part of the minimum major requirements. One 200- or 300-level course may be in English translation but must be approved by the department. Students thinking about a major in Italian or studying abroad should contact Professor Ombretta Frau, Visiting Lecturer Martino Lovato, or Language Instructor Morena Svaldi.

Which department am I in?

Department of Classics and Italian

Study options

Full Time (128 semester credits)

Tuition fees
US$58,280.00 per year
Start date

23 January 2023


Department of Classics and Italian

112 Ciruti Center,



01075, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have complete high school studies.

For international students

Students must have complete high school studies.

English proficiency requirements

Mount Holyoke has no minimum score, although the average TOEFL score is over 100, the average IELTS score is over 7 and the PTE is above 68.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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