Master of Arts

The M.A. in Italian Studies offers students:

  • A broad in-depth knowledge of Italian culture
  • High proficiency in Italian language
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary study
  • Overseas study and cultural immersion
  • Career options in the academic or professional fields

The four-semester, 30-credit program takes into consideration students' different academic and professional goals. It offers three specialization options that revolve around a common core curriculum, and culminate with a thesis writing seminar and a Master's thesis.

The first option, focusing on literature and culture, is designed for students seeking the solid academic preparation needed to enter a doctoral program. The second option, with a focus on language pedagogy, addresses either current teachers who seek a graduate degree or those seeking to enter the teaching profession at the secondary level. The third option, with a social science emphasis, is designed for students who seek to apply their strong interest in Italian culture in a professional environment.

The M.A. degree program includes a mandatory semester abroad at one of our three partner universities in Italy:

Università degli Studi di Torino

Università di Roma Tre

Università per Stranieri di Perugia

Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Students following the first curricular option will spend the semester abroad at one of the universities of the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM) network. Those pursuing the second option will spend the semester at the Università per Stranieri di Perugia. With their strong tradition of scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and linguistics, both institutions are the ideal environment for students interested in the academic or teaching world.

Students following the third curricular option will spend the semester abroad at Milan's Bocconi University, the leading Italian institution of higher learning for business administration. A semester at Bocconi will complement students' course of study at Georgetown by providing them with a strong international perspective and an understanding of the Italian business culture and practices.

An optional summer, not-for-credit internship with leading cultural organizations and financial and commercial firms is also a component of the M.A. program.

For additional information on the M.A. in Italian Studies please contact:

Professor Gianni Cicali, Director of Graduate Studies
(202) 687- 7178

For additional information from the Graduate School please visit this page.