Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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In today’s global society, there are increasing opportunities for bilingual students on the job market. Since Italy is one of the top four economic powers of Europe and a member of the influential “G-8” or “Group of Eight” nations, an Italian major allows students to compete successfully in today’s economy and secure excellent positions with Italian, American or international business, government, or educational groups.

Here are a few examples of areas where you can thrive as an Italian major:


Armani, Benetton, Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Ferragamo, Gucci, Krizia, Max Mara, Missoni, Prada, Versace. Italy’s position at the center of the fashion and design industries makes Italian language ability vital to those engaged in all areas of this business. We offer a dual degree program at URI with the department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD) and will make internships at Italian fashion companies available to you. With careful planning, you can easily get the dual degree in 4 years. Currently, nearly 20% of Italian majors at URI are those with the Italian-TMD dual degree. Our students have interned at Gucci, Brioni, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Camiceria Anna Mauro (in Calabria, Italy).


Italian groups such as FIAT, Luxottica, ENI, and IRI have cumulative sales of nearly seven billion dollars and employ approximately 28,000 people in the United States. Italy exports close to thirteen billion dollars worth of goods and services to the United States each year. These statistics mean job and travel opportunities for students with Italian language and culture skills. We offer a dual degree program in Italian and Business, whether in International business or in other subcategories of the Business degree. With careful planning, you can easily get the dual degree in 4 years.


Recently Italian carmaker Fiat and U.S. carmaker Chrysler signed an agreement in which they will collaborate in building new small and medium-sized cars and front-wheel- drive models with lower emissions. The FIAT-CHRYSLER agreement offers new opportunities for graduates with knowledge of Italian language and culture.


The Italian company Lottomatica SpA owns the Rhode Island based firm, G- Tech, one of the world’s largest gaming technology operators. URI ITL students regularly intern at G-Tech, and some have taken jobs there upon graduation.

Travel and Tourism

Italy remains one of the top destinations of tourists and students around the world. There are job opportunities for you in government, tourism, the airline industry, and study abroad programs. Italian majors regularly intern at the Italian Consulate office in Providence, and some have worked or interned locally at Collette Vacations, one of the largest travel companies in the United States.


There is a high demand for teachers of Italian in the public schools and in public and private colleges. Often, URI students triple major in Secondary Education, Italian and Spanish; you can do this in 4 years with careful planning. Every year, typically 1 to 3 Italian-Secondary Ed majors graduate and go on to become teachers in the elementary and secondary school systems, often in the New England, New York, New Jersey area.

In 2008, the Italian Consulate in Boston selected URI to participate in a program of paid student-teaching internships sponsored by the Italian government through a partnership with the Istituto Tecnico Pacioli di Crema. You receive training and can spend from 3 to 9 months living in Italy and teaching in English in secondary schools in Lombardy. Visit the website for further information.

Graduate School

The URI undergraduate program in Italian has always provided an excellent preparation for students who continue their Italian studies in graduate schools around the country. Between 2003 and 2008, three of our graduates went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Italian at Boston College and Middlebury College. A recent URI graduate have was hired to teach at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Another won an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to go to Rome for her project “How to Teach Italian through Italian Art.”

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