Italian Studies

The Italian Studies program offers students educational experiences grounded in the language of Italy and in the European humanistic tradition, as well as opportunities to study current topics of global concern, such as migration and multiculturalism in the twenty-first century.

Our courses promote an understanding of the richness of Italian language and culture and make interdisciplinary connections to the programs in American Studies, Art History, European Studies, Film and Media Studies, History, International Relations, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

If you are interested in Italian culture but don't speak Italian, we offer many courses in English at the 300 level. Past offerings include: Italian Cinema and Post-War Italian Culture, Renaissance Literature in Translation, Dante and the Medieval Tradition, and Italian America. Check the current course schedule to see what we are offering this semester.

If you wish to satisfy the College's language requirement with Italian, you may do so with courses taken here or abroad. Students who take courses at other institutions in the US, or in any W&M affiliated or non-affiliated program abroad, must pass a placement test to gain language credit upon their return.

You can also pursue a minor in Italian Studies or a major in Global Studies with a European Studies concentration.