Italian Language and Literature

The language and literature of Italy have played a key role in world culture, politics and commerce. One of the arts and humanities disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program exposes students to Italian culture through study of its language, literature and film traditions while developing students’ critical thinking, writing skills and awareness of intercultural exchange.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Italian study complements a number of academic pursuits, from history, art history and English to political science, international relations and business.

What can I expect to learn in the Italian Language and Literature program at GW?

Students learn a variety of subjects within the field. These include the culture and society of contemporary Italy and the history of Italian culture from the Middle Ages through the 21st century, including Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo and Calvino. Students  also learn the history of Italian film.

What is the Italian Language and Literature community like at GW?

There is a vibrant community of Italian students who join GW faculty for cultural and social initiatives through the SocietĂ  Italiana.

What can I do in the Italian Language and Literature field?

Italian students have gone on to successful careers in international relations and diplomacy, domestic and international law, international business, politics, academics and medicine.