Canal in Venice, Italy
A canal in Venice, Italy


Why Study Italian?

  • You’ll join a family of more than 85 million Italian speakers worldwide, primarily in Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, Switzerland and the Principality of Monaco, but also in a variety of other places like France, Albania, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Libya, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, North and South America, and Australia.
  • Italy is the European Union’s 4th largest economy and the world’s 10th largest.  Planning to work in our global economy?  You’re likely to encounter Italian and Italian culture.
  • Knowing Italian can help you connect with family roots.  In the USA Italian is ranked the fourth language most used at home.
  • Italian is a direct descendant of Latin so knowing English (with its Latin roots) and/or having experience with Latin or another Romance language (like French, Portuguese or Spanish) gives you a head start learning Italian.
  • Enjoying Italian culture through its literature, cinema, comedy, theater and history in its original form makes it even richer.  Italian culture has for centuries been a leader, from treasured architecture to unique sculpture and from paintings and literature to changing fashion and style. Immerse and enrich yourself in the heritage of the everlasting beauty of Italian Medieval and Renaissance art and culture, as well as in the ongoing development of modern Italian poetic and artistic trends.

Why not study Italian?  Start growing your love and appreciation for bella Italia today!

Career Opportunities
Combining knowledge of Italian culture and language with a variety of majors builds a stronger employment portfolio.  Consider some of the many opportunities below for students with Italian skills.

  • business corporations have many prospects for bi- or multi-lingual employees from sales and production to HR, training and accounting--thousands of Italian companies have US offices and over 500 US businesses have offices in Italy
  • teaching and academic research–combining Italian with another language such as Spanish or French, can provide job seekers with even stronger teaching credentials
  • hospitality and entertainment (including the hotel, airline, tourism, travel, museum, theme park and restaurant industries) welcome those who speak more than one language
  • translating (books, articles, websites, films, manuals, legal documents)
  • interpreting (diplomatic service, business, military, intelligence, nonprofit/humanitarian organizations)
  • financial networks/banking
  • international law to law enforcement
  • health care/medicine/pharmaceuticals
  • science/engineering

Help maximize your career potential by learning Italian!photo- Italian Club members at Feast of San Gennaro, NYC

Extracurricular Activities

  • Italian Club – a gathering of students who love all things Italian and want to learn more with others who love Italian (faculty contact:  Patricia Keyes,
  • Italian Table – informal opportunities to practice the language (faculty contact:  Olimpia Pelosi,
  • Scopa – a well-known Italian card game, watch the LLC website for upcoming tournaments
  • Destination Explorations (e.g. NYC Italian heritage trip organized by the Italian Club)
For more information see the LLC Clubs and Tables page.

Students interested in majoring should contact Professors Olimpia Pelosi or Maria Keyes.

Degree Requirements for the Major in Italian
(for those considering student-initiated interdisciplinary major)

General Program BA: A minimum of 35 credits including A Ita 103, 104, 206, 207, 223, 301Z, 313, 315 and nine additional credits at or above the 300 level, six of which must be at the 400 level.

Examples of the order in which students might take classes toward achieving their major are available here.

Degree Requirements for the Minor in Italian

Minor requirements include a minimum of 18 graduation credits from course work with an A Ita prefix above A Ita 100, including A Ita 206, 207, 301Z.

Courses in Italian

For a complete listing and descriptions of Italian undergraduate courses offered at the University at Albany, see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Courses currently being offered in the program may be found on this website at Classes and Schedules.