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

Student Snapshot: Chris Althouse ’24 

Student Snapshot: Chris Althouse ’24 

Learn more about Chris Althouse '24, a Benjamin Rush Scholar and Italian studies major who interned at an Italian-American newspaper.

Student Snapshot: Will Giguere ’23

Student Snapshot: Will Giguere ’23

Meet Will Giguere ’23, an international business & management and Italian studies double major who taught basic economics to Italian high-schoolers while studying abroad.

Italian Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2021

Italian Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2021

Graduating Italian studies majors launch careers at Goldman Sachs and Vanguard and are accepted into graduate programs at George Washington University and the University of London.

Student Snapshot: Damian Garrubbo ’22

Student Snapshot: Damian Garrubbo ’22

An internship at the Italian Trade Commission was an excellent match for Damian Garrubbo ’22, a double major in international business & management and Italian studies.

Student Snapshot: Gavin Wood ’21

Student Snapshot: Gavin Wood ’21

Meet Gavin Wood ’21, an international business & management and Italian studies double major, whose Dickinson experience has already helped him land a job offer from Goldman Sachs.

Tasting Italy With Kyle Carter

Tasting Italy With Kyle Carter '99

Kyle Carter ’99 carves a new career path leading small-group tours of Italy that go off the beaten path.