Besides the major, Dickinson offers a minor in Italian and a recently updated major in Italian studies, which provides students with a strong command of Italian language and culture yet also allows students to take interdisciplinary courses concerning Italy and Italian taught by other departments in English. 

Students who want to study abroad can take advantage of Dickinson programs at the K. Robert Nilsson Center for European Studies and the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy. Closer to campus, our faculty members—who strive to create an authentic environment—are leaders in their fields, have years of experience and know how to produce authentic results in the classroom through an innovative communicative approach.

The Italian program at Dickinson is one of the most active and vibrant on campus. Often in conjunction with the Italian Club, events—from pasta-making lessons and Italian game sessions to authentic Italian dinners and holiday parties—are organized throughout the year and often attract hordes of students. You can also opt to live in the Romance Language House, where students can interact in Italian and experience authentic Italian culture.

Contact Info


James McMenaminAssociate Professor of Italian

Department Coordinator

Lisa Orris






105, Bosler Hall Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • Cato Institute
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Advisory Board Company
  • National Committee on American Foreign Policy
  • Fulbright Program
  • National Consumer Law Center
  • City Year, Inc.
  • Tufts Universit

Graduate Schools

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Virginia
  • Middlebury College
  • Temple University Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • CUNY New York City College of Technology
  • University of Minnesota
  • Drexel University
  • George Mason University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Harvard University
  • University of Rochester School of Business
  • Boston College
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Breakthrough Collaborative
  • Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Organization
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Postal Museum
  • Port Jefferson Historical Society
  • U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
  • U.S. Army War College - Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute

Student Perspective

"I chose to minor in Italian because I love languages, and I knew that the ability to speak Italian would help me in my musical studies and beyond. I also really like the energy of the Italian department and the support the professors give each of their students. Both the music and Italian departments felt like places where I could grow and learn. So far, I’ve been right!”

— Abby Duell ’20 (music, Italian minor)

Italian & Italian Studies News

Jacob DeCarli ’22

Jacob DeCarli ’22

"I want to give back so that future Dickinsonians have access to scholarships and the same opportunities I had," says Jacob DeCarli ’22, a recent grad and current Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.

Student Snapshot: Mary Ritter ’23

Student Snapshot: Mary Ritter ’23

Meet Mary Ritter ’23, who’s volunteered in Bologna, Italy, tackled internships in two states and researched imperial board games and toys in fascist Italy.

Student Snapshot: Lauren Orefice ’24

Student Snapshot: Lauren Orefice ’24

“It’s so important to put yourself out there and try new things.” Meet Lauren Orefice ’24 (environmental studies), an a cappella singer and study-abroad student who served a writing internship in NYC.

See, Learn and Engage the World With Alumni Global Adventures

See, Learn and Engage the World With Alumni Global Adventures

Alumni Global Adventures are extraordinary opportunities to learn from Dickinson experts as you explore exciting destinations. Here are the trips we're planning for 2023.

Student Snapshot: Maeve Thistel

Student Snapshot: Maeve Thistel '24

Maeve Thistel ’24, an avid runner and anthropology major, has researched food insecurity and dietary diversity and plans a career in nutrition and integrative health.

Student Snapshot: Lia Gilmore ’25  

Student Snapshot: Lia Gilmore ’25  

Meet Lia Gilmore ’25, a physics major and social-media wiz who's studying astronomical data reduction.