Italian Studies
Offered by the Hispanic and Italian Studies department.

Interested in business, art or communication? Italy has the 8th largest economy in the world and the 3rd largest economy in Europe. Italy also has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any country. Cultural competence and linguistic proficiency in Italian are professional assets for anyone planning to work in finance, fashion and design, the food and wine industries, tourism, and more.

Our Italian Studies program offers students a variety of language, culture, film, and literature courses on Italy’s rich cultural history and language, with special emphasis on contemporary Italy. Italian Studies courses also equip students for advanced study and research.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to spend a semester or a year in Italy during their junior year. Our study abroad programs, such as Middlebury College in Florence, offer an immersive linguistic and cultural experience, with courses and internship opportunities tailored to students’ interests.

Double majors/minors

Our students have successfully combined Italian Studies with many other majors and minors, such as Business, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Art History, Studio Arts, English, Creative Writing, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Neuroscience.



98% of Hispanic and Italian Studies majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of Hispanic and Italian Studies majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Admissions Advisor, Spanish Studies Abroad
  • Marketing Coordinator, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Research Assistant, California Health and Longevity Institute
  • Staff Reporter, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
  • World Language Teacher, Foxborough Public Schools

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Boston University
  • Northeastern University
  • Rutgers University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Warwick

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 80% for the classes of 2014-2018


Alberto Bianchi

Associate Professor of Italian Studies

Tommasina Gabriele

Professor of Italian Studies; Italian Studies Coordinator

Montserrat Pérez-Toribio

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies; Chair, Hispanic and Italian Studies Department; Latin American Studies Co-coordinator

Department Secretary:
Paula MacDonald-Smith
Phone: 508-286-3630
Fax: 508-285-8263