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.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Students learn about the language, literature and culture of Italy, preparing them 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
In addition to course work for the major, students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core requirements.
See Italian in the UI General Catalog to learn more about the course requirements for the major or minor and graduating with honors.
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.