Italian is not just spoken in Italy. You can find speakers of Italian in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Slovenia, Somalia, and Switzerland, and other countries around the world. Italian is spoken by approximately 1,008,370 people in the United States, which locates the language as ninth in rank for language spoken in the United States, according to the 2000 Census (see also “Language Map with Enrollment Data,” www.mla.org).
Studying Italian at Mason will help you acquire linguistic fluency and a critical understanding of Italian and Italian-American cultures that will complement any major. Students who study Italian at Mason often major in Art History, Global Affairs, Linguistics, Literature, Religious Studies, and other fields.
All students have opportunities to