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College of Humanities & Sciences

School of World Studies


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We offer a minor in Italian with coursework in language instruction as well as Italian art, history, literature and culture. Our faculty includes native speakers as well as dedicated Italophiles.  

The School of World Studies prioritizes experiential learning by offering students opportunities such as study abroad and internships.

Why Study Italian?

Spoken in Italy and Switzerland, the Italian language is famous for its role in art, cuisine and cinema celebrated throughout the world. Italian provides a strong foundation for students pursuing careers or advanced degrees in the arts/art history, cultural heritage, design and fashion.

Furthermore, Italy is the eighth largest economy in the world. A major U.S. business partner, several major U.S. firms such as BCG and Johnson & Johnson have offices in Italy.  

Other Resources


Italian Club at VCU
Rai Cultura 
Istituto Italiano di Cultra, D.C.
Easy Italian News 
Italbooks: the World of Italian Publishing
National Italian American Foundation

Italian Companies in Virginia

Qubica AMF
Bondioli & Pavesi
Massimo Zanetti 

Volunteering in Italy (for Any Major)

Fondo Ambiente Italiano 
Informa Giovani Roma

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