Italian Studies


Students interested in an interdisciplinary approach to Italian culture through the combined study of literature, history, politics, art history, music, and film are invited to pursue a major or minor in Italian studies. The guidelines for completion of the major or minor may be obtained at the Literature Department office or from Professor Cynthia Polecritti.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A.
  • Minor

Study and Research Opportunities

  • B.A., undergraduate minor
  • Opportunities for study in Italy through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)
  • Opportunities for study in Italy through UC campus-run programs.

Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

In addition to completing the courses required for UC admission, high school students planning to major in Italian studies at UC Santa Cruz should emphasize reading and writing skills in high school.

Information for Transfers

Transfer students are urged, though not required, to complete two years of college-level Italian language instruction or the equivalent before transferring to UC Santa Cruz.

All students who intend to transfer to UC Santa Cruz as juniors will find it helpful to complete courses satisfying campus general education requirements; California transfer students will find it helpful to complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) before coming to UCSC. See Major Requirements section for more information.

Transfer course agreements and articulation between the University of California and California community colleges can be seen on the ASSIST.ORG website.


  • Advanced degree programs
  • Business and economics
  • Civil and government service
  • Culinary and wine careers
  • Education
  • Health careers
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • International marketing
  • International relations
  • Museum work
  • Social work
  • Theater and music
  • Translation

These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.


The Education Abroad Program (EAP) allows students to study in Italy as part of their regular UC academic program. Students receiving financial aid can apply their awards to a program abroad. Up to five elective courses from UC EAP’s year-long study abroad in Italy may be applied to the major. A maximum of two courses may be applied toward the minor from EAP.

Programs such as UC Davis Study Abroad and UC Berkeley Study Abroad offer further opportunities. 

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Department of Literature
Humanities 1, Room 303
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
(831) 459-4778