Italian Minor

The Minor in Italian provides students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of Italian language and cultures. Graduates with a minor in Italian will see an advantage in their job search as they will be able to demonstrate to employers a recognized level of achievement in Italian and to combine their interest in Italy with their career goals.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Italian.

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The Italian Film Festival is an annual nonprofit cultural event focused on helping promote Italian cinema and culture on the MSU campus and in the nearby Lansing community. The event is part of a national Italian Film Festival (IFFU) that takes place every year in numerous cities of the United States during the month of April. The event is open to students, faculty and community members wanting to learn more about modern Italy’s new movies. The screenings are in Italian with English subtitles and are FREE.

Italian Club

Are you passionate about the Italian language and culture?
Do you like spending some time with other lovers of the Italian language and Culture?
Do you like playing and making fun games to learn more Italian?
Do you like to sing Italian songs and watch Italian movies?
Do you want to be a leader in a great University organization?

If responded yes to all of these questions: We are your Club! (

Study Abroad Program

Italian Language, Literature and Culture in Ferrara

The Italian studies program in Ferrara brings together the study of language, and the culture and civilization of Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern eras in Italy.

Alumna Highlight:

Janet Biondo

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Taking Italian at MSU has had a major impact on my life more than 20 years after graduating. My children have seen that my knowledge of Italian has been a foundation for understanding English grammar better as well as its helpfulness in understanding other languages such as Latin and romance languages. It has assisted in our travels around the country and the world where Italian language, art and culture are often referred to and even helps me in answering Jeopardy questions!

Placement Testing

Contact: Italian Program Coordinator Carmen De Lorenzo (

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