What Can You Do With a Degree in Italian Studies?

John Cabot University students visit the Roman Forum

John Cabot University students visit the Roman Forum

As you complete your degree in Italian Studies, you’ll build knowledge and skills that are both personally and professionally valuable. Students of Italian Studies develop fluency in another language; gain a deeper understanding of Italian culture, history, and art; and strengthen their critical-thinking, analytical, and communication skills.

You can also tailor the Italian Studies program to suit your particular interests. If you’re passionate about Renaissance art, for example, you can focus on classes that explore the period, complementing classroom instruction with visits to famous masterpieces located in Rome.

Or, if you’re interested in Italian cinema, you can select courses that explore some of Italy’s most celebrated films while tapping into Rome’s thriving film scene through local festivals and cinematic events.

Interested in broadening the scope of your study beyond Italy? You can combine your degree with another major like business, politics, or communications – the choice is yours!

Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that helps students explore a wide range of interests, and open the door to a wide variety of careers.

Here are just some of the professional paths you could pursue with a degree in Italian studies.

Your Degree in Italian Studies Could Lead to a Communications Position

As you study Italian studies in Rome, you’ll build strong language skills in both English and Italian. You’ll learn how to analyze complex texts in more than one language, synthesize information, and articulate your views in a concise and persuasive way.

Our world and job markets are rapidly internationalizing. It’s not surprising that advanced, multi-language and cross-cultural communication skills are increasingly valued by employers who do business across borders, or in diverse settings.

Students with a foundation in Italian Studies and a knowledge of two or more languages could go on to pursue careers as

  • Foreign Correspondents
  • Travel Writers
  • Translators
Students can flex their writing muscles writing for JCU's student newspaper.

Students can flex their writing muscles writing for JCU’s student newspaper.

Pursue a Creative Career with Your Degree in Italian Studies

Your degree in Italian studies will help you to develop a rich understanding of Italian art, literature, and cinema. And, if you choose to complete your Italian studies in Italy, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of living in one of the world’s most famous sites of artistic production – past and present!

If you’re interested in Italian cinema and culture, you might want to consider a career in a creative field and become a museum curator, cultural advisor, or event coordinator for a film festival. Students at John Cabot University can get a head start by participating in the internship program, and landing real work experience with an arts organization in Rome.

Teach Italian After You Complete Your Italian Studies Degree in Rome

If you have an interest in helping others learn, then you might want to combine your passion for Italian with teaching. By earning a teacher certification after your undergraduate program in Italian Studies, you could work with different age groups promoting Italian language learning at home or abroad.

Completing Your Italian Studies in Italy Unlocks International Opportunities

Many businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations need professionals with a sense of cross-cultural awareness. Italian Studies grads could combine their analytical and communications skills with their experience studying other cultures to land a position in public relations, marketing, or sales. Or, by coupling your degree in Italian studies with a major in business, economics, or politics, you could also pursue one the following career paths:

  • Brand Ambassador
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Diplomat
  • International Relations Consultant
Students can meet with local and international employers at one of JCU's career fairs.

Students can meet with local and international employers at one of JCU’s career fairs.

Continue Your Italian Studies by Going to Graduate School

Of course, you can also choose to continue your education after completing your undergraduate degree in Italian Studies. If you’re interested in research and pursuing a career in academia, you might apply to colleges in Rome that offer Italian studies at the graduate level.

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