Italian, Bachelor of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Queens Campus


A Language and Culture Rich with Tradition

Urbem fecisti, quod prius orbis erat. (You made of what was once a city – the world)Claudius Rutilius Namatianus, Hymn to Rome, V century ADAccording to UNESCO, nearly 60% of the world's cultural patrimony is housed within the confines of Italy. Rome, the cradle of civilization and the seat of Christendom is the nation’s capital where the St. John’s University Italian study abroad program is situated. Italy’s ties to Rome brought her to the forefront of civilization in the high Middle Ages through the Renaissance (Rinascimento). Today, Italy continues to impact the global scene in its contributions to fields such as art, music, fashion, food, wine, literature and science.Italy is a founding member of the EU, the G8 and the G20 and harbors one of the highest concentrations of NATO and US bases in the world. Why Italian?Career opportunities abound for professionals with Italian language skills. More than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, where an estimated 7,500 American companies do business. Italy enjoys a booming tourist industry with millions visiting Rome each year. Italian language and culture courses continue to grow in schools throughout the United States. Every year tens of thousands of students of all ages choose to study the Italian language,Italy is the first non- English speaking destination for American students.  St. John's Rome campus is a perfect opportunity for students to enjoy this great culture, its language and its people.You can prepare for these exciting opportunities by majoring or minor ing in Italian at St. John’s University. Our 33-credit major immerses students in Italian language and culture. Students are always encouraged to double major. Our 18 credit minor allows students to combine their knowledge in Italian language and culture with a major field of study. 

Popular Careers for Italian Majors and Minors
International BankingFashion industries
Department of State (Foreign Affairs)Department of Defense
Hotel IndustrySports Management
AirlinesHealth Related Fields
International Law firmsInterpretation and Translation
Import /ExportTeaching
Foreign Service 


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For more information regarding the program, contact: Prof. F. Russo, Italian Program Coordinator 718 990-1999   

Undergraduate Admission Contacts:
Office of Admission
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
1 (888) 9STJOHNS

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Global Approach to Education

Study Abroad Program in Italy
Students at St. John’s benefit from an amazing variety of study abroad opportunities.  The program in Rome, Italy, is especially popular.

At St. John’s beautiful Rome Campus, students can attend class during a regular semester or a summer session.  Living in apartments near Vatican City, students travel to Florence and the Tuscan countryside, Assisi, Pompeii, Naples and Paestum. 

For information contact our Office of Global Studies (718) 990-6105 or email

Service Learning in Italy
In collaboration with the Comunita di Sant’Egidio, Caritas, Sisters of Charities and the Missionaries Idente, students may enroll in a Service –Learning program in Rome. 

New for Italian Majors - Minor in International Communications!
Three Courses after your Italian requirements (incl. ITA 3260 and LLT 4980)

Required Courses:
MCC 1000 Introduction to Mass Communication
COM 3101 International Communication
GOV 1610 International Relations

For more information email any Italian adviser or coordinator:
Florence Russo, Carmela Scala, Annalisa Saccà

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Additional Information

The Italian Cultural Center of St. John’s Scholarships for students who major in the language and who study abroad in Rome, Beato Giacomo Foundation Scholarship, The Italian Genealogical Group Scholarship, United Pugliesi Federation Scholarship, American of Italian Heritage scholarship, Unico National Scholarship, NIAF Scholarship for Italian Americans, NIAF Scholarships for students of Italian Language, and more…

Gamma Kappa Alpha
The Gamma Kappa Alpha Chapter at St. John's University was founded by Professor Gaetano Cipolla, Professor Emeritus of Italain, in 1984.  Professor Russo is presently the coordinator of the Honor Society.

The Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society is a society formed to acknowledge superior scholastic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture, and is open to membership at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada.

The Society encourages college students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Italian culture, art and history. The organization recognizes outstanding undergraduate scholarship in the field of Italian by inducting meritorious students into the St. John's Chapter of the prestigious National  Gamma Kappa Alpha Award.  Scholarships are offered by the National Chapter on an anual basis.

Application requirements:
Completion of 2 Italian courses over level 4 (2040); Students must be in their junior year; Application requirements:

Completion of 2 Italian courses over level 4 (2040);

Students must be in their junior year;

Overall GPA of 3.0;

GPA in Italian of 3.5;

Students must demonstrate a commitment to fostering Italian cultural events on campus

Applications for Spring induction will be available at the GLCC (Italian pod, SJH, 104) and may be left off at the GLCC beginning in January.

For further information and an application for membership, please contact:

Professor Russo

Professor Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander, Secretary-Treasurer
Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society
Nazareth College of Rochester, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618-3790
Or call (716) 586-2525, Extension 499

Officers of the Society
Professor Mariquita Noris, Temple University, President
Professor Roberto Severino, Georgetown University, Vice President
Professor Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander, Nazareth College of Rochester, Secretary-Treasurer

Board of Directors
Mario Aste, University of Lowell
Mia Cocco, University of Georgia
Gaetana Marrone-Puglia, Princeton University
Glen Pierce, University of Missouri
Rinaldina Russel, Queens College, CUNY
Ugo Skubikowski, Middelbury College

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