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In addition to language courses at all levels, we offer an array of courses in Italian and English spanning literature, culture, history, and art. Our Italian classes offer students the small class learning environment they need to develop their foreign language skills. Many of those who study Italian at UVM are doing so in preparation for an international career, while others look forward to learning more about their own family history.
One of the best ways to experience culture is to live it! Many of those who study Italian at UVM are drawn to the language as a means of immersing themselves in Italy’s rich cultural heritage by studying abroad in one of our many exchange programs. Our students can enjoy semester- or year-long study abroad opportunities through one of UVM’s exchange partner universities in Italy. 
Students find their advanced work in Italian to be an excellent counterpart to their studies in history, geography, political science, international relations, and business, as well as many fields of artistic endeavor often associated with Italy, such as art, art history, and film.

Major requirements


Beyond the classroom


  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • Diplomat
  • Interpreter
  • Travel & Tourism

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Learning Goals for Majors:

Upon completion of the B.A. with Major in Italian Studies  degree, students will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge of the literary and cultural traditions of Italy
  • Speak and understand the language for the expression of ideas and opinions in academic writing and for purposes of daily life
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in analyzing literary or cultural topics
  • Develop multicultural awareness to enhance professional and personal interactions with peoples of other cultural traditions

Core Competencies: Skills You Will Master (click for full list)

  • Intercultural/Global Fluency and Foreign Language Skills
  • Ethical Reasoning & Decision Making
  • Analytical & Critical Thinking
  • Creative Expression & Innovation
  • Teamwork, Collaboration, & Leadership
  • Written, Visual, & Oral Communication