Italian is a beautiful melodious language, and essential to the study of history, architecture, literature, classical music, and art, as well as business, economics, and politics. The country of Italy is historically rich and the home of many stunning artistic achievements in architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, and cinema. Countless masterpieces have been produced by Italians, from Dante and Giotto to Verdi and Fellini; and thus, to understand and speak Italian is a valuable asset that will provide life-long pleasure and enrichment.

In our program, you will learn to speak, read, and write Italian while also becoming acquainted with Italy’s cultural history. The major in Italian has enabled graduates of our department to establish careers in, among other fields, international business, translation, television, and teaching.

The Italian program also offers a Study Abroad opportunity, which majors are encouraged to engage. The program is located at the University of Bologna, the oldest university in Europe, and is co-sponsored by UW-Madison and Indiana University.