Italian Studies (Minor)

Italian Studies (Minor)
Italian Studies Student

What is Italian studies?

As a student minoring in Italian studies, you’ll learn why Italy’s art, food, literature and cinema have such a large and lasting impact on culture worldwide. You’ll explore the Italian language, spoken as a second language by 250 million people. Italy is a major political and economic force in Europe and beyond and possesses the world’s seventh largest economy. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy, and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices there. Many students studying business, communications and international affairs find a minor in Italian studies useful in their future domestic or international careers.

Why study Italian studies at UNH?

The Italian studies minor provides opportunities both to explore the Italian language and culture and to apply this knowledge to other disciplines. The program encourages independent and innovative thinking and research so that students can pursue and achieve their goals while preparing for the challenges of thriving in the world community. Our study abroad opportunities in Italy include a program in Rome and Bologna.

Potential career areas

  • Business
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign service
  • Gastronomy
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Journalism
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Public relations
  • Tourism

Curriculum & Requirements

The Italian studies minor provides students with the opportunity to explore the language, culture, and society of Italy through an interdisciplinary program. The minor is advantageous for applicants to graduate and professional schools in Italian, modern languages, linguistics, film, history, theater, philosophy and law. It is also a valuable asset for careers in economics, international affairs, international business, fashion, teaching, communications, translation, interpretation, government and Foreign Service.

The Italian studies minor is offered by the Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies.

The minor consists of five courses. 

Five ITAL elective courses 120
Demonstrate linguistic proficiency at the level of intermediate Italian (ITAL 504 Intermediate Italian II or equivalent).
Total Credits20

One course from a related field of study may be counted towards the minor, subject to the approval of the Italian studies advisor.

  • All courses for the Italian studies minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
  • New students will be assigned to the proper course in consultation with the program coordinator.


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