Italian is a Romance language spoken by more than 85 million people around the world.  It is widely used in the arts, business, and technology.  Whether you want to work overseas, study art in the land of Michelangelo and Da Vinci, research your family roots, read Dante’s Divine Comedy in the original, or simply learn to order dinner in an Italian restaurant, the study of Italian will start you on your journey.

Why Study at Iowa

Iowa’s Italian program is part of the Department of French and Italian in the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and includes faculty and instructors with a wide range of interests and expertise. The small size of the program ensures that you will receive personal attention from each instructor.

With the breadth of programming at Iowa, a degree in Italian can be combined with a second major in an area such as international studies, political science, finance, art history, journalism, communication studies, or another world language.

In addition, the undergraduate program provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in Italian or in other fields requiring knowledge of a world language.

Course Work

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Italian teaches students about the language, literature and culture of Italy, preparing students to thrive in today’s global community, as well as providing a critical appreciation of the historical and contemporary importance of Italy.

Required courses include:

  • Intermediate Italian (two courses)
  • Advanced Italian (two courses)
  • Modern Italian fiction, poetry, and drama (two courses)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature (two courses)
  • One additional advanced course taught in Italian

See French and Italian in the UI General Catalog to learn more about the course requirements and graduating with honors.

Teaching Licensure

If you're interested in teaching Italian at the secondary school level, you'll need to complete the College of Education's world language Teacher Education Program.

Minor in Italian

See French & Italian in the UI General Catalog to learn more.

Admission Requirements

Italian majors need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Student Opportunities

In addition to having nearly 600 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Living-Learning Communities, Study Abroad Programs, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Italian majors might enjoy living in the Global Mosaic Living-Learning Community in the residence halls, where you can broaden your knowledge of international issues, languages, and cultures while living in a close-knit group.

Also, there are numerous study abroad programs in Italy. On campus there is a weekly "Italian Table" (Tavola Italiana) get-together where students, faculty, and other Italophiles can practice their spoken Italian in a relaxed environment during the academic year.

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources

The division's Language Media Center offers a broad range of services for world-language students, including an audio language laboratory, individual audio-recording carrels, video-viewing rooms for individuals and small groups, and interactive multimedia workstations.


Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

A background in Italian is advantageous for students planning careers in international business, tourism, and teaching, as well as for opera singers, musicians, art and art history majors, and for those who study architecture, fashion, and design. A surprising number of our Italian majors go on to law school. With more than a thousand Italian companies doing business in the United States, the major or minor in Italian combines well with career options in a wide variety of fields.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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Apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Italian (BA)
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