Italian Studies Option
Description of the major
The major offers training in the skills required for fluency in Italian and knowledge in Italian culture, civilization, and literature, although it is not designed to be directly vocational. Nevertheless, rigorous training in either of the two Italian major options can help students prepare for rewarding and unique careers in business, travel, ministry, banking, and education. In addition, the federal government employs liberal arts graduates with foreign-language skills in organizations including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Department of Labor. The Italian major is also preparatory for graduate work directed to the Ph.D. degree required for teaching and research in colleges and universities, as well as further study in law and medicine.