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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures

Italian Studies

Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Flexible Design and Global Experience

Italian Studies enriches students with linguistic and cultural skills to think critically about over 2000 years of Italian cultural production. It prepares them for professional careers in business, government, education, humanities, and science. It supports double majors and fulfills requirements in faculty-led study abroad programs in Italy.

Contact Info

Andrea Righi, Ph.D.

Chief Departmental Advisor

Department of French and Italian

207 Irvin Hall, 400 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Students begin the major with introductory Italian language (ITL 101) and our introduction to the rich history and cultural production of Italy in “Italy: Matrix of Civilization" (ITL 221). Students fulfill the remaining 27 credit hours for the major by selection from a list of interdisciplinary courses focused on Italy in Art History, Classical Studies, Film Studies, History, and Music. Our cross-disciplinary major encourages students to acquire deep knowledge about Italian culture and history through diverse perspectives that complement their personal and intellectual interests.

  • ITL 222 Italian American Culture
  • ITL 231 Italian Food Cultures in Context
  • ITL 262 Italian Cinema
  • ITL 362 Mafia and Cinema
  • ITL 364 From Marco Polo to Machiavelli

At Miami, there is something for everyone

Course Catalog

Career Options

Miami’s Italian Studies majors acquire a deep intercultural knowledge and rigorous training in independent research, critical thinking, and effective communication that are highly valued in today’s rapidly changing society. Many of our majors enter the workplace after graduation with successful careers in communication, international non-profits, music, management, marketing, international business, and education. Other graduates pursue advanced study in professional fields (law, business) with recent placements at the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio State University.

Additional Opportunities

  • Study abroad

    We offer faculty-led study abroad opportunities both in the summer and winter terms that allow students to fulfill requirements for the major and for Miami Plan requirements. Whether it is our Language and Early Childhood Education program in Reggio Emilia or the Made in Italy program in Bologna and Urbino or the Vision and Contrasts program in Florence, students immerse themselves in the richness of Italian culture, history, and life.

    Learn more about Italy
  • Caffé Italiano

    Join a group of fellow Italian learners at the King Library cafe to have coffee and practice the language together.

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Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Ali Preissing
  • Miami’s holistic style of learning allowed Ali to customize her education. Her triple major gave her multiple perspectives on global issues and inspiration to make people’s lives better.

    Ali Preissing ’17
    Italian Studies, International Studies, Political Science

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