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Italian Studies

Knowledge of Italian is fundamental if you embrace a career in the humanities and the social sciences, especially in art history, literature, history, music, linguistics, education, and international relations. The Italian economy is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, so JCU’s Italian program is an excellent choice for those considering careers in business, marketing, or advertising. You can even work with faculty to design a program suited to your specific academic goals.

Our JCU in Rome program is one unique study abroad opportunity we offer. You’ll study in Rome for an entire semester, earning credits toward a major or minor in Italian studies as well as fulfilling Core requirements. JCU professors will accompany you, helping to integrate your time abroad with your time on campus.

What Will You Learn?

Sequenced courses in Italian Studies lead to a thorough understanding of the Italian language, as well as Italian culture and literature. Knowledge of Italian is fundamental for those seeking careers in art history, literature, music, international relations, and more.

Italian studies provides an academic boost for those studying art, history, diplomacy, humanities, law, philosophy, political science, and religion. Italian is an excellent choice for those considering careers in business, marketing, or advertising.

Italian Studies is a Self-Designed Major or Minor. Students work closely with faculty to create a program combining Italian language and culture courses with coursework in related fields such as art history, philosophy, and business.

For details, please contact the department or consult the most recent Undergraduate Bulletin.

Course descriptions are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin under the following headings: 


International Cultures

This study abroad program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study in Rome while earning John Carroll University credits. Coursework counts toward a major or minor in Italian Studies, as well as satisfying many Core requirements. See our study abroad page for more information.

Santa Casciani, Ph.D.
Professor of Italian  
Luigi Ferri, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor of Italian  

Laura Longo, M.A.
Lecturer in Italian
Maria Pipitone, M.A.
Lecturer in Italian  
Lorenzo Salvagni, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Italian  


Congratulations to our Italian language faculty who have been granted approval for a new interdisciplinary degree program in Italian Studies! Click here to read program details and for a list of courses being offered in Fall 2021.

Program Highlights

Francesca Vella wins Pilla award in Italian

Francesca Vella '21 Named Pilla Award Winner

Francesca Vella, a double major in International Business and Italian Studies, with a minor in Psychology, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in Italian Studies.

Vella is a native of Wexford, PA.


CMLC Italian Studies

Join us in celebrating the Class of 2021 Italian Studies degree candidates!

2021 Italian Studies Majors

2021 Italian Studies Minors


Fournier awards for Italian Studies

Two Italian Studies students were recipients of Ina and Ferdinand Fournier Scholarships. The grants are awarded to students to provide financial assistance for the study of Italian language, history or culture.

Recipients are Marie Pinzone '22 of Cleveland, OH and Francesca Vella '21 of Wexford, PA.


Sophia Brandimarte '21

Brandimarte Awarded Scholarship to Canisius College Graduate Program

Sophia Brandimarte '21, a double major in Communication and Italian Studies, will attend Canisius College (Buffalo NY) and pursue a master's in Higher Ed and Student Affairs Administration beginning in Fall 2021. Sophia has accepted the Study & Tutoring Center Supervisor assistantship position at the college.

Colleen Lyons poses on Roman balcony

Colleen Lyons '18

Colleen Lyons ‘18,  completed a Master's program in Marketing & Digital Communications at Rome Business school. As a John Carroll undergrad, Colleen was a double major in Integrated Marketing & Communications and Italian Studies, and she studied abroad with JCU in Rome in 2016. She currently works in business development at an Italian biomedical technology start-up and handles marketing and sales. Colleen credits her study abroad experience with helping her acquire the language and cultural skills necessary to study and work in Italy. “Without my experience studying abroad, I would have never been inspired nor enabled to live and work in Rome which has proved to be a trying, exciting, and altogether wonderful experience.”   

Marlene Villa '18 at work in a Boston school.

Marlene Villa '18

Marlene Villa graduated with a double major in Humanities and Italian Studies. She also minored in Spanish!

After graduation, Marlene joined AmeriCorps and spent two years at Cristo Rey Boston, a private, co-educational Roman Catholic high school. She is now employed by the school as an Admissions Coordinator. In this role, Marlene is the main point of contact for students and their families while also hosting virtual visits at elementary schools and community organizations in the surrounding areas.

Marlene has been accepted to Harvard University where she will pursue a Master's degree in Higher Education.

2020 Pilla Award in Italian Studies

Philip Quinn Named 2020 Pilla Award Recipient

Philip Quinn, a senior from Venetia, PA, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Bishop Anthony Pilla Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in Italian Studies. Philip, a double major in Forensic Psychology and Italian Studies, plans to attend law school in the fall. Please join us in celebrating Philip!

Saluting the Class of 2020 Italian Studies

Congratulations to Our Italian Studies Graduates

2020's graduating class of Italian Studies majors and minors include accomplished leaders and dedicated students pursuing a variety of educational paths. Their diverse experiences at JCU have prepared them to confidently meet careers and academic pursuits in a multicultural world. Please join us in celebrating the Class of 2020.

JCU students visiting Shelley's tomb in Italy listening to a British traveller.

JCU students, captivated by a British traveler making a pilgrimage to visit the gravesite of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Protestant Cemetery, Rome.

Photo of student and cityscape

Emily Nerici '19

Following commencement in 2019, Emily Nerici, a double major in Communication and Italian Studies with a concentration in Integrated Marketing Communication, set off on her first professional adventure. Chosen by the SITE (Study Intercultural Training Experience) Program, she became an English teacher at Istituto Statale di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore Guglielmo Oberdan in Treviglio, Italy.

Emily is currently pursuing a PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.