Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies

Immerse yourself in the Italian-speaking world with the Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies in Temple University's College of Liberal Arts. This 123-credit undergraduate degree program is tailored for students with intermediate proficiency of the Italian language and a strong interest in Italian culture. 

Italian Studies BA students move beyond the language requirements of the Italian BA and primarily focus on understanding Italian society across multiple areas of study and topics. Interdisciplinary by design, the Italian Studies BA curriculum integrates courses within other departments to provide a broad scope of ideas and perspectives.

The Italian Studies degree program emphasizes the discovery and study of Italy’s cultural, global and national identity. You’ll collaborate with students across degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts to study Italy’s role in art, film, history, literature, media and music. As a result, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the country, as well as its people and practices. 

Students gain the communication and critical thinking skills that are invaluable to employers in today’s global marketplace. Graduates with foreign language skills and intercultural perspectives can pursue international career opportunities across a variety of industries.   

A professor and student with cameras around their necks observe their surroundings in an Italian piazza.

Classes & Curriculum

Coursework emphasizes multiple fields of study, including anthropology, art history, history and literature. Students can complete up to four high-level Italian courses in English. 

Examples of courses in the Italian Studies Major include

  • Popular Culture in Modern Italy,
  • The Mafia in Modern Italy,
  • Renaissance and Baroque Architecture in Italy, and
  • Topics in Italian Cinema and Literature.

Learn more about Italian Studies BA courses

Related Graduate Degrees

* Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement bachelor's programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year