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Italian Major

There are three undergraduate Italian major options:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Italian Language and Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Italian


Each major option permits students to focus on different aspects of the study of Italian language and culture.

All of the major options offer training in the skills required for fluency in Italian and knowledge in Italian culture, civilization, and literature. Its aim is to open to the student both the traditions of one of the major formative components of the Western world and the continuing vitality of modern Italian and Italian-American life.

In order to declare a major in Italian (any option), students should go first to the College of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Office (101 Sparks Building, 814-865-2545) to receive the necessary paperwork. Next, students should make an appointment by email to speak with an Italian Adviser. At the advising appointment, students will discuss the various Italian major options, the courses necessary for graduation, and any other academic questions they may have. At that appointment, students will receive instructions for completing the major declaration paperwork.

For detailed information on each major, please visit Italian Major Options.