A degree in Italian Studies prepares graduates for many different possible career paths. With a degree in Italian studies, you could work in diplomacy, in tourism, as a foreign correspondent, or teach Italian as a second language. You could work as a marketing manager for an international company with business in Italy. You could work in cinema. The choices are almost endless.
What makes Italian Studies graduates so suited to so many different career paths? Part of the reason for this is that you’ll develop many in-demand skills. You’ll hone your critical thinking skills, communication skills, and – by completing your studies abroad – you’ll also develop a keen sense of cultural awareness.
Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary degree, meaning that you’ll delve into fields as diverse as history, art, literature, and Italian language. Here’s a look at what you’ll learn during your studies, and how those skills will help prepare you for a rewarding career after graduation.
1. Learn a Second Language While You Complete Your Italian Studies in Italy
In today’s globalized world, knowing a second language is a big asset. Whether you need to interview local newsmakers for a cover story, examine primary sources for new research, or meet with local leaders to discuss a diplomatic solution to a pressing problem, your ability to communicate in Italian will help you in countless ways.
That’s why learning to speak and write in Italian is one of the pillars of Italian Studies. And, by completing your Italian Studies in Italy you’ll have the added advantage of being able to practice your new language skills both in classroom exercises as well as outside of the classroom as you meet with friends, complete errands, and visit nearby attractions.
2. Gain an In-Depth Understanding of Italian History While You Study Abroad
To truly understand a country, its art, and its culture, it’s important to understand its history. As you study abroad in the Eternal City, you’ll be surrounded by Italy’s rich and enduring cultural legacy. From the ancient Pantheon to the Baroque Trevi fountain, from the imposing Colosseum to the quaint cobbled streets tucked away in Rome’s many nooks and crannies, Rome’s history always feels nearby for study abroad students.
During your studies, you’ll soon learn just how complex that history is. From the ancient Roman Empire to the Risorgimento (the 19th century movement for the nation’s unification), Italian Studies gives students the context they need to truly understand Italian culture.
3. Discover Italian Art During Your Italian Studies in Italy
Italian art is known the world over. From ancient works to captivating Renaissance paintings, studying Italian art is an important part of any Italian Studies degree. In John Cabot University’s Italian Studies major, students may choose among several Art History courses as part of their major electives:
By studying abroad in Rome, students also have the unparalleled opportunity to see iconic works up close and in person. That’s because many JCU courses visit significant cultural landmarks during on-site classes.
4. Delve Into a Topic You’re Passionate About During Your Senior Thesis
As you complete electives and core courses in everything from Italian literature to Italian cinema, you might discover one topic that you’re especially passionate about. You might discover your love of High Renaissance Art, or develop a deep curiosity about Dante.
To help you take your studies even further, each student completes a senior thesis during the final year of the program. Under the supervision of a department professor, each student can personalize his or her education during the senior thesis portion of the degree – giving you the opportunity to study in depth a topic that particularly piques your interest.
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