Inherently interdisciplinary, the Italian Studies concentration allows students to strengthen their language skills in Italian and deepen their knowledge of Italian literature, history, art, and culture. 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.
Here's what concentrators from the classes of 2012 and 2013 reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- Assistant Buyer, Bloomingdale's
- Assistente Madrelingua di Inglese, Convitto Nazionale Pietro Longone
- Marketing Assistant, Oxford University Press
- Staff Singer, Trinity Church in the City of Boston
- Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Extension Agent, Peace Corps
- Analyst, Barclays Capital
- Analyst, UBS Investment Bank
- Middle School English Teacher Intern, Achievement First
- Social Media Consultant , Living Maxwell - Organic Food Industry
- Brown University Alpert Medical School, MD