Italian, Bachelor of Arts

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



The Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian encourages students to connect with the language and culture of Italy through a wide selection of courses; small, personalized classes; engaged faculty who are experts in their fields; and service-learning, internship, and study abroad opportunities.

St. John’s University’s Rome, Italy campus allows students to immerse themselves in the Italian language and culture, providing them with international experience for the global marketplace.

Since language skills complement other fields of study so well, student in the major are encouraged to double major and minor in areas such as: International Business, Business Administration, International Communication, and Hospitality Management. Combined degree programs are also available.

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: Florence Russo, Ph.D., Italian Program Coordinator 718 990-1999   

Office of Undergraduate 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 at St. John’s beautiful Rome Campus is especially popular. There, you 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 more information, visit Global Studies.

Internships and 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.

Internships are also available in Rome in such diverse settings as art galleries, businesses, government offices, and hospitals, allowing students to strengthen their knowledge of Italian while gaining practical knowledge in their career field. Eligible students are in their third year and have completed ITA 3110 or ITA 3080. For more information about Italian-speaking internships and service-learning opportunities, contact Annalisa Saccà, Ph.D., at

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Additional Information

The Italian Cultural Center provides scholarships for students who major in the language and who study abroad in Rome, in addition to many other resources. Students of Italian heritage can also find applicable scholarships through the Center.

Italian Honor Society
The Gamma Kappa Alpha Chapter at St. John's University was founded by Gaetano Cipolla, Professor Emeritus of Italian, in 1984.  Florence Russo, Ph.D., is the current coordinator for the Honor Society.

The Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society acknowledges superior scholastic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada.

The Society encourages students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Italian culture, art, and history. Scholarships are offered by the national chapter to outstanding undergraduate students of Italian on an annual basis.
Applications for Spring induction to the Honor Society are available in January and are due in early March. For more information and for the membership application, please contact Dr. Russo at

Arba Sicula
Arba Sicula, an organization that promotes the language and culture of Sicily, holds regular cultural events on campus and publishes a Sicilian-English journal under the auspices of St. John’s University. For more information, please contact Gaetano Cipolla, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, at

Global Language and Culture Center
The Global Language and Culture Center (GLCC) is a state-of-the-art language resource center where students can come and start practicing one or several of the languages currently offered at St. John’s University. Students do not have to be currently registered in a language course to use the GLCC.

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