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Italian Studies Certificate

Certificate code: CTITAL

Faculty contactMolly Morrison

Program Overview

The Modern Languages Department offers a certificate in Italian studies designed as an interdisciplinary and complementary course of study for any undergraduate degree. The aim of the certificate in Italian studies is to provide an introduction to the very rich and varied culture of Italy and to explore it using a variety of disciplines and subjects. These subjects include literature, history, archeology, art, cinema, and political thought. Knowledge of the Italian language, both written and spoken, is an important tool for an understanding of Italian culture and is therefore a core element in the certificate in Italian studies. Although it is not required, students pursuing the certificate are highly encouraged to participate in the Department of Modern Languages’ summer study abroad program in Florence, Italy.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Students who pursue the Italian studies certificate are not limited to a specific career track. The ability to think analytically, communicate clearly, and understand people from diverse cultural backgrounds has served our graduates well in a wide range of professions. Students discover that current job listings call for the types of abilities they have acquired through their liberal arts education: communication skills, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, a capacity for problem solving, and the ability to learn quickly. Many job listings include foreign language proficiency as a desirable or necessary tool.

In consultation with a faculty mentor and with the help of Ohio University career services, students approaching graduation can identify companies and organizations offering job opportunities that correspond to their personal interests. When recent graduates can employ their marketable skills in the pursuit of an individual passion, they greatly enhance their chances for success, satisfaction, and lifelong rewards. Students combine the Italian studies certificate along with their major. They come from various disciplines such as journalism, political science, education, sociology, or business, and then seek employment in print or broadcast media, government, teaching, social services, or industry. These students possess career-specific skills in addition to general knowledge and language proficiency.

Some students pursue internships, either in the United States or abroad, in which they employ their foreign language skills in a professional capacity. Several Italian studies certificate recipients enter M.A. and Ph.D. programs, usually in another discipline, and go on to academic positions at universities. Others attend law school or medical school. Volunteer service abroad with organizations such as the Peace Corps provides training that can help a student identify a future career track.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.


Certificate Hours Requirement

The Italian studies certificate program requires a minimum of 15 hours.

Language Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • ITAL 3110 - Advanced Conversation and Composition I Credit Hours: 3
  • ITAL 3120 - Advanced Conversation and Composition II Credit Hours: 3

Italian Literature

Complete the following course:

  • ILML 2902 - Italian Literature in English Credit Hours: 3

Italian Civilization

Complete two of the following courses:

  • AH 3210 - Roman Art Credit Hours: 3
  • AH 3230 - Italian Renaissance Art Credit Hours: 3
  • AH 3260 - Baroque and Rococo Art Credit Hours: 3
  • AH 4250 - Art of High Renaissance and Mannerism Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAR 2120 - Roman Archaeology Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAR 3620 - The Archaeology of Roman Cities Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAR 3710 - Ancient Rome: Development of the City from the 8th Century B.C. to the 4th Century A.D. Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 2540 - Rome Under the Caesars Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 4520 - Roman Social History Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3560 - The Italian Renaissance Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3292 - Ancient Rome Credit Hours: 3