Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Italian is the voice of one of the formative cultural traditions of the Western world. The study of Italy and its language offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary exploration of the continuing vitality of modern Italian and Italian American culture though literature, cinema, translation studies, the arts, Roman thought, fashion, tourism, Mediterranean cuisine, and much more. Italian, in its humanistic breadth and depth, offers students access to a wide variety of professional pathways through an emphasis on global communicative understanding and cultural sensitivity. Italian is increasingly important in business; six of the 100 biggest companies are headquartered in Italy, and Italy is the world’s fifth largest industrial producer of goods. Learning a foreign language also improves oral and written skills in English interactions. Penn State’s Italian program is small, and prides itself on its capacity to provide individual attention and mentoring to each of its majors and minors.
Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Minor

Degree Options

  • Art History
  • Music
  • International Politics
  • Political Science
  • Global and International Studies
  • Foreign Languages

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You enjoy learning languages and communicating with people from a particularly rich cultural civilization.
  • You dream of studying abroad. More Penn State students currently study in Italy than in any other nation of the world, and you will enjoy more memorable experiences with a deeper preparation through advanced coursework in Italian.
  • You wish to learn more about the roots of your family heritage and traditions.


  • Italian-American Cultural Studies
  • Italian Children’s Literature
  • Dante in Translation
  • Pathways to Fluency
  • Growing Up in the Renaissance: Family, School, Sport

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

  • WSFS Bank
  • Penn State Division of Development and Alumni Relations
Students in CAMS/HIST 199 Roman Cities at Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy in June 2022

Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Graduate school to study psychology, accounting, global studies, business analytics, and art history
Communications, Compliance, Consulting, Human Resources, Management, Sales

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This program is housed 

in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese 
at Penn State University Park.
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