Italian Language, Literature, and Culture

College of Arts and Sciences

Master the language and explore the culture, aesthetics, and socio-cultural issues of Italy, past and present.

You’ll delve into literary and cinematic history, analysis, and theory from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, up to today. Improve your language skills and enhance your exposure to Italian culture and history by spending a semester or year living and studying in Florence.

Major in Italian language, literature, and culture


Sample Courses

  • Florence and Renaissance Civilization
  • Italian Cinema and Culture since WWII
  • Language, Media and Culture in Contemporary Italy
  • Modern Italian Literature
  • Italian Novel under Fascism

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Practical Experience

Seize opportunities for community volunteering and professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, including themes like international relations, art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, and service.

Study Abroad

As an Italian language, literature, and culture major, you are strongly encouraged to spend a semester at SU’s program in Florence. You will take fully-accredited classes in Italian language and literature, fine arts, history, political science, as well as electives of your choosing. If you are fluent in Italian, you may take classes at the University of Florence’s Centro per Stranieri.

SU Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose from semester, summer, short-term, and yearlong options.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in Italian language, literature, and culture, you can explore such careers as:

  • Business entrepreneur
  • Interpreter or translator
  • Communications specialist
  • International relations liaison
  • Linguist

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as education, business, linguistics, music, journalism, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.