Elon’s minor in Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary minor with an intensive focus on the Italian language and culture. Italian language study through 221 comprises the core coursework,  with electives coming  from many different departments. The Italian Studies minor provides students with a knowledge of the Italian language and culture based on many different perspectives. It focuses on the study of Italy from a variety of perspectives: linguistic, literary, cultural, historical, artistic, philosophical and political. Study abroad in Italy is very strongly encouraged.

Why should you consider a minor in Italian Studies?

  • Small classes and individual attention from your professors.
  • Italian is a fun and extroverted language. Come find a new way to express yourself.
  • Study Abroad in Florence, Assisi and other beautiful Italian locations as new programs are added.
  • Business opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Most graduates programs in international studies and business look for multilingual applicants.
  • A myriad of fantastic opportunities on and off campus for students of Italian, including the Italian Club, the Italian living learning community, and the weekly Italian conversation hour, La Tavola italiana.

Want to learn more? Contact the Italian Studies Coordinator, Prof. Brandon Essary ( for more information. We also encourage you to browse our website and discover all we have to offer!

News and Events

Language assessments for new students ONLY - Aug. 28, 29 and additional dates (see link) 

Language assessment exams will be offered for NEW STUDENTS ONLY according to the following schedule. NOTE: For students planning to take the assessment in French, German, Italian, Latin and/or Spanish, in order to guarantee that you have a seat, sign up for an appointment at the following link.  If you just show up, we cannot guarantee you a spot. 

Sign up at least 24 hours before the testing time at


Elon expands business dual-degree program

The four-year program now includes partnerships with schools in Spain and Italy.

Three faculty members named CATL Scholars

Brandon Essary, Jennifer Uno and Barbara Gordon will work on projects that explore the way students learn in Italian, in biology service-learning courses, and through writing and multimodal assignments, respectively.

Evan A. Gatti presents paper at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England

Evan A. Gatti, associate professor of art history, presented "Episcopus 'al Fresco': Episcopal Imagery in the Painted Programs of North Italy at the turn of the Millennium" at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England on July 3, 2013.

Samuele Pardini presents at UNCG
Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies Samuele Pardini gave a presentation March 13, 2012 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.