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2022 Italian Language & Literature Degree Guide

Italian Language & Literature Degrees Shrinking in Popularity

#645 Most Popular Major
362 Degrees Awarded
-4.4% Increase in Graduates

In 2019-2020, Italian language and literature was the 645th most popular major nationwide with 362 degrees awarded. This 16 less than the prior year, a decrease of 4.4%.

There are 127 schools offering degrees in Italian language and literature in the United States. This year's Best Italian Language & Literature Schools ranking compares 66 of them to identify the best overall programs in the country. Explore this or one of our many other custom Italian language rankings further below.

Requirements for Getting a Degree in Italian Language & Literature

A major in Italian language prepares you for careers in which talking to others to convey information effectively is crucial. Required skills include giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times and understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Prior Education for an Italian Language Program

Italian language and literature degree applicants generally need have finished high school or their GED. Many schools may also have GPA and SAT/ACT score minimums that must be met. Specific Italian language careers may require a certain level of degree attainment or additional certifications beyond that.

Types of Italian Language & Literature Degrees

There are various different levels of Italian language degrees. Italian Language & Literature programs offered by schools range from a to a , which is the highest Italian language degree you can get. How long it takes to complete some common Italian language degree levels is shown below.

Degree Credit Requirements Typical Program Length
Associate Degree 60-70 credits 2 years
Bachelor’s Degree 120 credits 4 years
Master’s Degree 50-70 credits 1-3 years
Doctorate Program required coursework including thesis or dissertation At least 4 years

A doctor's degree is the most common level of education achieved by those in careers related to Italian language, with approximately 36.7% of workers getting one. People currently working in careers related to Italian language tend obtained the following education levels.

Level of Education Percentage of Workers
Doctoral Degree 37.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 30.1%
Master’s Degree 21.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate 4.3%

62.8% of Italian language workers have at least a master's. The chart below shows what degree level those who work in Italian language and literature have obtained.


This of course varies depending on which Italian language career you choose.

Italian Language Careers

Below Average Number of Jobs
67.2k Avg. Related Jobs Salary
16% Growth Job Outlook 2016-26

High Growth Projected for Italian Language Careers

Want a job when you graduate with your Italian language degree? Italian Language & Literature careers are expected to grow 15.7% between 2016 and 2026.

The following options are some of the most in-demand careers related to Italian language and literature.

Occupation Name Projected Jobs Expected Growth
Interpreters and Translators 80,300 17.7%
Foreign Language and Literature Professors 39,100 11.7%

How Much Money Do Italian Language Grads Make?

As you might expect, salaries for Italian language graduates vary depending on the level of education that was acquired.

Highest Paid Italian Language Careers

Salaries for Italian language and literature graduates can vary widely by the occupation you choose as well. The following table shows the top highest paying careers Italian language grads often go into.

Occupation Name Median Average Salary
Foreign Language and Literature Professors $79,160
Interpreters and Translators $55,230

Getting Your Italian Language & Literature Degree

With over 220 different Italian language degree programs to choose from, finding the best fit for you can be a challenge. Fortunately you have come to the right place. We have analyzed all of these schools to come up with hundreds of unbiased Italian language school rankings to help you with this.

One of 6 majors within the Romance Languages area of study, Italian Language & Literature has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Spanish Language & Literature 11,239
French Language & Literature 2,601
General Romance Languages 342
General Hispanic & Latin American Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 273
Other Romance Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 221

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