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Italian

College of Arts & Sciences

An undergraduate major in Italian Studies allows students to develop advanced Italian language skills and cultural fluency. Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance, remains central in the realms of art, design, food and manufacturing. In the major, students refine their skills in Italian while pursuing topics ranging from Dante to contemporary popular culture. As students engage with cultural forms (art, literature, cinema, language and identity, fashion, immigration, religion), they develop robust analytical, rhetorical and methodological skills. Graduates of this degree pursue careers in a variety of fields such as marketing, technology, health care, law, education, media and communication and the arts.

Major category: Open

Topic(s): Arts, Humanities and Design

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Degree requirements

Applicant type

Applicant type

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).

Italian is an open major. You may declare this major at any time after enrolling at the UW as long as you are in good academic standing. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

Departmental application deadline: Students in good academic standing may declare the major at any time, including on their application for admission to the UW.
Please contact the department for details about the application process.
Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses recommended for the major:

  • College-level foreign language

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 2
Total from Washington community colleges: 0

Career outcomes


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