Undergraduate Program Italian Minor

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Italian Minor Overview

Italian is spoken by more than 100 million people around the world and Italy's political and cultural significance spans more than two millennia, from the Roman empire to the Renaissance to the worlds of fashion, food, and film. Minoring in Italian is an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the rich Italian language and culture and experience one of the most vibrant European countries.

Our Italian program will teach you how to read, write and speak the language, as well as provide you with an opportunity to explore the history, literature, cinema, and culture of Italy, both past and present. We offer a broad range of courses, with a special emphasis on issues related to migration, film, and women's studies.

Degree Details

Italian Minor: Why PSU?

Our small classes taught by native-speaking faculty will help you reach the highest level of proficiency in Italian and make connections between the Italian language and its culture and history.

You will find a close-knit community and opportunities to experience firsthand the life and culture of Italy with our intensive six-week study abroad program in Sicily, and our annual Italian Film Festival, where you will have a unique chance to explore Italian culture through the lens of some of the most poignant and recent cinema productions.

What can I do with a minor in Italian?

A minor in Italian can bolster your job prospects in a number of fields, including art and art history, archeology, architecture, business, international studies and diplomacy work, culinary arts, fashion, history, and tourism.

Featured Courses

  • IT 101 First-year Italian
  • IT 201 Second-year Italian
  • IT 301 Third-year Italian
  • IT 330 Italian Culture and Civilization
  • IT 340 Dissenting Italian Women Writers in Translation
  • IT 344U Italian Literary and Cultural Movements
  • IT 390 History of Italian Language
  • IT 399 Italian Freaks and Punks - History of Italian Culture through Songs of Protest (1945-2010)

Program Requirements

An undergraduate world language minor must complete 20 upper-division credits (numbered 300 or above) in language, literature, or culture, at least 12 of which are in the target language, and 4 credits in general linguistics (WLL 390, LING 390, or a linguistics course in the target language).


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).