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Italian Language Degrees by Distance Learning: Program Overviews

Learn about online degree programs with Italian language courses. Get an overview of the program types, requirements and course descriptions available for this field.

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Essential Information

Online degree programs in the Italian language are extremely rare to nonexistent. Online certificate programs in reading Italian exist, but are also extremely rare. It's much more common for colleges and universities to offer online courses in Italian that are not part of any formal degree program; such courses sometimes count toward college credit. Those interested in obtaining a bachelor's or master's degree in Italian should consider an on-campus degree program instead. Applicants will need a high school diploma or GED.

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Bachelor of Arts in Italian

Through bachelor's degree programs in Italian, students study concepts related to the Italian language and its history and culture. Students learn to speak in grammatically correct phrases and learn about the country's geography, cultural practices and film studies. Students don't need any prior experience in Italian, but they do need to have a high school diploma or its GED equivalent. A bachelor's degree program in Italian takes about four years to complete.

Course Topics

Students completing a bachelor's degree program in Italian complete core courses in addition to general education courses.

Introductory Italian

Students study grammar and vocabulary in this course. They study sentence structure and listen to Italian through commercials and TV shows to become familiar with the language.

Italian Civilization and Culture

This course familiarizes students with the arts, architecture and history of Italy to modern times. They study films and media through reading articles, books and becoming familiar with museums.

Conversational Italian

This advanced Italian course is for students who want to obtain fluency in the language. Students learn to progress beyond simple conversation and into sharing short stories, discussing movies and books, ideas and cultural experiences.

Italian Literature

Literature courses in Italian allow students to study literature from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through modern times. They read poetry, theatrical pieces, novels and short stories.


Career Information

Graduates from a degree program in Italian could find careers as management analysts, interpreters, translators or travel agents. According to BLS statistics dated May 2015 (www.bls.gov), translators and interpreters earned a median annual salary of $44,190, and travel agents made a median annual salary of $35,660. The demand for travel agents is expected to decline by 12% between 2014 and 2024, but the demand for translators and interpreters is expected to grow by 29% during the same period, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Continuing Education Information

After completing a bachelor's degree program in Italian, students can continue their studies to earn a master's degree in the field, although these are not often available online. Students can also pursue a master's degree in interpretation and translation, which are difficult to find online. They can earn a Master of Business Administration, many of which are available online.

Students wishing to study Italian and Italian culture, literature and civilization will most likely need to enroll in an on-campus bachelor's degree program. Possible career options for graduates include travel agents, interpreters or translators.

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