Most concentrators have some background in Italian language. However, it is possible to concentrate in Italian studies without having studied the language before coming to Brown, although doing so requires an early start. After fulfilling the language requirement by completing up to Italian 0600 (or the equivalent), students enroll in a variety of advanced courses, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the concentration. Junior concentrators often study abroad in the Brown Program in Bologna. All senior concentrators participate in the "senior conference" by delivering brief presentations on academic topics of their choice in Italian Studies. Concentrators might also pursue capstone research, writing, or multimedia projects.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Demonstrate fluency in Italian through the advanced level
  • Deepen their knowledge of Italian literature, history, art and architecture, film, or performance
  • Study Italian culture in Bologna
  • Engage in a culminating research or creative experience through a capstone or Honors project

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Giovanna Milano

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2019 2 2


Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Cristina Abbona-Sneider