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Italian, Bachelor of Arts

BA Italian
120 Credits
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.


Florence Russo
Annalisa Saccà

Popular Careers for Italian Majors and Minors

International Banking
Department of State (Foreign Affairs)
Hotel Industry
International Law firms
Foreign Service
Fashion industries
Department of Defense
Sports Management
Health Related Fields
Interpretation and Translation

Department Contact

Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D.
Chair, Languages and Literatures
[email protected]

Annalisa Saccà, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair, Languages and Literatures
[email protected]


For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.


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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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.