Italian program

In the Italian program at Wayne State University, you can work towards a major, a minor, or a Master’s degree in Romance Languages with a concentration in Italian. Our vibrant program has close ties to the Italian community in the Detroit metro area, where many Italian firms have offices and lots of people speak Italian. We support Wayne State’s global mission, you can study, volunteer, and intern abroad in Italy while you study with us!


Why study Italian?

There are many reasons to get a degree in Italian at Wayne State. Here are just a few:

  • Italy is one of the world's top five economies, and many employers look for people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

  • Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S., especially in the Detroit metro area: Fiat-Chrysler; Magneti-Marelli (Farmington Hills); Comau, Inc. (Southfield); Meccanica Nova Corp. (Troy); Brembo (Plymouth) to name just a few.
  • Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment.

  • According to UNESCO, many of the world's art treasures are found in Italy.
  • Italian literature boasts some of the world's most famous writers and thinkers, from Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch and Machiavelli, to Verga, Svevo, Pirandello, and Eco, to name only a few.

  • Italy has exported its culture throughout Europe and beyond, shaping Latin literature, opera, film, science, political thought, fashion, design, and cuisine.
  • Italian is the fourth most frequently spoken foreign language in U.S. homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (2000). Italian is also spoken in Switzerland, parts of Africa, the Balkans, and the island of Malta.

  • If you travel to Italy with Wayne in Abruzzo, the Summer Educational Program in Italy, you can experience an authentic Italian way of life.
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