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Italian Studies

Major in Italian European Studies

The joint major in Italian and European Studies acknowledges the cultural, political and strategic importance of Italy within the community of European nations. It requires 42 hours of course work, and a semester of study abroad in Italy is recommended. Prospective majors should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian and with the Director or Associate Director of the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies.


Minor in Italian & Italian Studies

Students who minor in Italian Studies are expected to achieve intermediate proficiency in oral and written Italian, to demonstrate a general understanding of the history of Italian literatures and cultures, and to develop an awareness of the ways Italian studies intersect with other disciplines. All minors are expected to consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies about their choice of courses. Students are encouraged to participate in the Vanderbilt in Italy program.


If you are interested in a minor in Italian or Italian Studies contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Modena by e-mail at


Current Semester Italian Courses

Fall 2015 Italian Courses