The Italian Studies Program provides learners with the opportunity to achieve competence in spoken and written Italian, in understanding Italian literature and culture, and in applying these linguistic, literary, and cultural skills to the study of other disciplines. The Program promotes independent thinking and innovative undergraduate research so that students may pursue specific personal and professional goals while preparing to succeed in the global community.

Program Overview

B.A. in Modern Languages and Culture, Primary Language Italian. The degree program prepares students in the language and explores the literature, art, history and politics of Italy and its contributions to world cultures. The program provides the basis for a lifetime of personal inquiry. There are three Concentrations available in the Program. The Concentrations complement the primary program and provide knowledge that is an invaluable asset to students working in the globalized marketplace.

Italian Major

The B.A. in Modern Language and Culture with a primary language in Italian has three concentrations to choose from:

  • Second Language and Culture
  • Applied Business
  • Cross-disciplinary Perspectives


A double major in Italian Studies consists of 21 hours of upper-level Italian courses in addition to the requirements for the first major. In many courses of study, a majority of these courses can be used in Related Studies and General Electives.

Italian Minor


Top 5 reasons to study italian language and culture

  1. Italian is spoken by 61 million people in Italy and by 85 million people throughout the world. As a second language, Italian is spoken by 250 million people and is the fourth most studied language in the world.
  2. Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, fashion, interior design, graphic design, furniture design, art restoration and preservation, and many other fields. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy.
  3. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations) the most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy:
  4. The Italian language is the closest to Latin, which is very beneficial to students in the sciences, as well as in legal and medical fields.
  5. KSU’s Campus Abroad is located in Italy, in the beautiful Tuscan town of Montepulciano. KSU in Tuscany serves as a resource for the entire state of Georgia. A great variety of Study Abroad opportunities in Italy are available to KSU students in all disciplinary fields. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Hill, Site Manager for KSU Programs in Tuscany: 


Student Organizations (Language Clubs)

The Italian Club at Kennesaw State University is a student run organization that unites students with a common interest in the Italian language and culture and provides opportunities to further this educational enlightenment by organizing events both on and off campus.

Italian Club Co-advisors: Renata Creekmur and Andrea Scapolo