College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Italian?

This major is the study of the Italian language as well as an analysis of Italian culture. You will study Mediterranean societies in a global context. You'll also have the opportunity to learn European tradition in relation to globalization. You’ll gain language and cultural skills that will allow you to explain the role of culture in economics, politics, and society. You’ll also have ample and diverse opportunities to study in Italy.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • Hospitality
  • Law
  • Nonprofit work
  • Social services
  • Tourism
  • Translation

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

60% employed after graduation

25% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$42,419 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: City Year, TopBloc View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770