Feb 08, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Italian Studies

Department Chair: Aparna Nayak

Program Director and George L. Graziadio Chair for Italian Studies: Enrico Vettore 

RGRLL Language Coordinator: Markus Muller

Single Subject Coordinator for World Languages: Cynthia Leathers

Department Office: Academic Services, Room 309
Telephone: (562) 985‑4317
Website: http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments/rgrll/

Faculty: Clorinda Donato, Enrico Vettore

Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor: Enrico Vettore

Program Assistant: Joanna Tatro 

Administrative Analyst/Specialist: Alessandro Russo

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors. Single Subject Credential Coordinator, Undergraduate Advisor, Graduate Advisor.

College: College of Liberal Arts  

Related Departments and Programs: 

Courses: ITAL  

Career Possibilities

Fashion • Design • Museum Studies • Hospitality Services • Gastronomy • Food and Wine Industry • Translator • Interpreter• Customs Inspector • Immigration Officer • Importer/Exporter • Foreign Service Officer • International Marketing Representative • Travel Industry • Social Worker • Health Services• Linguist • Language Consultant • Foreign Correspondent • Lawyer • Librarian • NGO employee • International Student Advisor • Educator • Peace Corps Worker • CIA/FBI Agent

*Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see the CSULB Careers Website. or make an appointment with Dr. Vettore or Dr. Donato, who can guide you about these and additional career options that will fit your interests and needs.


CSULB houses the premier Italian program in the California State University system, with courses that open the doors to multilingual competency and intercultural expertise. By learning about Italy, a country that has the most UNESCO world heritage sites and attracts the most students to study abroad programs in continental Europe, you will acquire a solid foundation that lends itself to interdisciplinary pursuits. Italian makes an excellent double major or minor with any other field. Are you a Spanish speaker or did you study Spanish in high school? Become multilingual in our Italian for Spanish Speakers program. Interested in study abroad? We have several options, from year- or semester-long programs in Florence or Venice, to our famed summer program in Recanati, a jewel of the Italian Peninsula. We also offer courses in Italian American Studies, highlighting one of the most important waves of immigration in the history of the United States. Our program offers several pathways to certificate and degree achievement: a Certificate in Professional Competence in Italian Language; a Minor in Italian Studies; the Bachelor of Arts (that also offers a concentration in Interdisciplinary Italian Studies) and the Master of Arts degrees in Italian Studies, as well as the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Italian. Our program offers a number of scholarship opportunities through the generosity of our donors and the George L. Graziadio Center, which organizes lectures, cultural events, and workshops that connect our students with the many facets of Italian Studies that can lead to future careers.


Graduate and Professional Degree

Undergraduate Degree





    General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.