Italian Studies

Students majoring in Italian develop language skills in their social and cultural contexts. The combination of linguistic and cultural competency is excellent preparation for a variety of professional careers in business, government, the humanities, and science. Double (second) majors are encouraged and supported. Numerous opportunities are available, including programs of study abroad, work study, interdisciplinary programs, and Fulbright. We offer two tracks for the Italian major: Italian Studies and Italian and European Studies.

Major Requirements: 10 Courses

Italian Studies Track

Overall, 8 of the 10 courses taken for the major must be at the 300 level or above, and at least 6 of those courses must be taught in Italian or have an Italian preceptorial component.

  • Up to 2 of the following courses can be counted towards your major requirements if you begin studies at the elementary language level (language proficiency below the 300 course level):
  • At least one course from each of the following areas:
    • Medieval
    • Renaissance
    • Modern/Contemporary
    • Linguistics
  • Up to 4 courses focused on Italian content taught in English, such as courses in Romance Studies or cross-listed course offered by other departments or programs.
    • Courses may be offered by departments such as Art History, Cultural Anthropology, English, Film/Video/Digital Studies, History, International Comparative Area Studies, Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Theater Studies. Duke-approved courses taught in Italian in Study Abroad Programs may also count towards this major concentration.

Italian and European Studies Track

Overall, 8 of the 10 courses taken for the major must be at the 300 level or above, and at least 5 of those courses must be taught in Italian or have an Italian preceptorial component.

  • Up to 2 of the following courses can be counted towards your major requirements if you begin studies at the elementary language level (language proficiency below the 300 course level):
  • At least 1 course from two of the following areas:
    • Medieval
    • Renaissance
    • Modern/Contemporary
    • Linguistics
  • Up to 5 courses (taught in English) on any Italian and/or European topic. Such courses can be offered by the Department of Romance Studies or other departments or programs.
    • Duke-approved courses taught in Italian in Study Abroad Programs may also count towards this major concentration.