The Italian major, which is part of the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, introduces students to the language and cultures of Italy from Dante to the “Little Italy” of modern American cities. Language courses prepare students to discuss and write about the Italian experience, from the everyday to the political, literary, and artistic. Classes at all levels are small and geared to linguistic and cultural fluency, and most are taught entirely in Italian. The program encourages study in Italy and welcomes honors projects in the major. Students may combine the Italian major with another major for professional purposes or sheer personal satisfaction.

Academic Details

Overview of the Undergraduate Curriculum

Students majoring in Italian are required to take eight courses beyond the first two years of language instruction. Six of these courses must be taught in Italian; two courses may be in Italian film, history, or art history.

Honors Opportunities

Students who have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher overall, and 3.7 or higher in the courses required by the Italian major, are conferred honors in Romance languages, of which the Italian Program is part.

Student Stories

Study Abroad

Many locations throughout Italy are popular destinations for Italian majors studying abroad—Florence, Rome, Venice, and Bologna are just a few examples.


Related Student Groups

Ciao! (Johns Hopkins Italian Club)

Campus & Baltimore Resources

The Johns Hopkins Language Lab

Italian Language Placement

Majors & Minors Programs