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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.

JCU students visiting Shelley's tomb in Italy listening to a British traveller.
JCU students, captivated by a British traveller making a pilgrimage to visit the gravesite of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Protestant Cemetery, Rome.

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  
Serena Scaiola, L.L.M.
Lecturer in Italian