Minor in Italian Studies

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.

Students minoring in Italian Studies are eligible for The William Weaver Prize in Italian Studies and The Cesarina Horing Award.


All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities