Boats docked at a village in Sicily Boats docked at a village in Sicily
 caprese salad  caprese salad
 Astronomical Clock  Astronomical Clock
DaVinci Manuscript fragment DaVinci Manuscript fragment
italian flag italian flag
 Florence cityscape at sunset  Florence cityscape at sunset
 Galileo Receipt fragment  Galileo Receipt fragment
 Gradara castle  Gradara castle
 Village in the Italian Alps  Village in the Italian Alps
 Milan Cathedral  Milan Cathedral
Closeup of the Mona Lisa Closeup of the Mona Lisa
Pizza Margherita Pizza Margherita
Rizzardi winery Rizzardi winery
Rome Panorama at sunset Rome Panorama at sunset
Rome Trevi fountain Rome Trevi fountain
 Turin Ballet man jumping as another man attacks  Turin Ballet man jumping as another man attacks
 Urbino CItyscape  Urbino CItyscape
 Vatican St. Peter's Square  Vatican St. Peter's Square
Venice gondolas Venice gondolas
 Venice canals  Venice canals

Italy is the cradle of western civilization: seat of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church, the cultural center and economic powerhouse of the Mediterranean for nearly two millennia. And because of its geographic situation it has acted as a bridge between Europe and the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean throughout its history. No nation is more important to Europe's past or more central to its future.

The Italian Studies major introduces students to Italian civilization and teaches them the skills that will give them access to contemporary Italy. At the same time, the major emphasizes Italy's important role in a global context, its history of communication with the rest of the world, and its multi-ethnic future. Students may take courses in Italian language, literature, history, art history, cinema and opera for credit toward the major.

UrbinoItaly is a very popular study abroad destination for Miami students, second only to the Miami campus at Luxembourg in yearly enrollments. Students may take our summer language courses in Urbino, a beautiful Renaissance city in northern Italy. Or they may register in a wide range of approved courses, offered by other Miami departments and by other universities.

The Italian Studies program sponsors film series every year, and a weekly Italian Table, where students can practice their Italian over dinner.

Students with questions about undergraduate programs in Italian should contact Dr. Andrea Righi.

Access the course requirements and descriptions listed in the Miami Bulletin for Italian!