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Italian Studies Major and Minor

Program Overview

School: Seaver College
Location: Malibu

The Italian Studies major at Seaver College prepares students to develop competency in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the Italian language. In addition to language skills, students study Italian culture, history, and literature, spending two semesters in the overseas program in Florence, or in an equivalent immersive study in Italy.

Italian Studies Degree

Our Italian Studies degree program takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the language, history, and culture of the Italian peninsula that prepares students for careers and graduate level study in a wide range of disciplines. A student majoring in Italian develops a high level of proficiency in the spoken and written language while simultaneously acquiring a critical understanding of the Italian culture and its wider influence, past and present.

Italian Studies Minor

A minor in Italian Studies is an excellent complement to many majors that already have a specific career path in view, such as international studies, religion, art history, and music. Our students develop a high level of linguistic and cultural proficiency that serves as a firm foundation for graduate level study in languages, literature, and history, amongst other disciplines.

For questions about our Italian program, please contact Dr. Fiona M. Stewart, Assistant Professor of Italian Studies.

Quick Facts

  • 100%Of Italian Majors Study in Italy
  • 14:1Student:Faculty Ratio
  • MalibuCampus Location

Student Opportunities

Secondary Teaching Credential

Our teacher education program is an integrated program in which students receive their subject matter preparation and professional preparation simultaneously. It provides the coursework and fieldwork experiences necessary to qualify teacher candidates for a SB2042 preliminary multiple subject teaching credential or a single subject teaching credential.

Recommended International Study

The International Studies and Language Division strongly encourages students to study abroad through Pepperdine University's International Programs. These programs are an excellent way to gain overseas experience and make rapid progress in fulfilling the language requirement for the major.

Internship Opportunities

We encourage students to gain practical experience in some area of international studies through an internship. The Pepperdine Career Center offers local internship opportunities, and International Programs' Washington, D.C. Program also offers study and internship opportunities in the nation's capital. In addition to the federal government, a number of international organizations are based, or have major branches, in the city.

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International Studies & Languages Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

P: 310.506.7446

Office: PLC 101

George Carlsen
Divisional Dean

Helen Tangalos Livanos
Office Manager

Lawrence Levy
Administrative Assistant