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Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why study Italian?

Learning Italian and studying Italian literature is a gateway to the world’s past and present achievements of outstanding art and culture. From the Renaissance to contemporary Italy, explore architecture, art history, cinema, and fashion, to name just some fields in which Italy has made, and continues to make, quintessential contributions.

As a founding member of the European Union, Italy plays a key role in the modern world. A look at its cultural, economic and political life includes fascinating, relevant topics like the rise of new mafias and dark economic systems; refugee crises and immigration; contemporary cinema. You will acquire a deep understanding of Italian culture, traditions, history, literature and media through innovative and interdisciplinary approaches.

Montreal is home to a vibrant Italian community, giving you ample opportunities to practice your Italian. Another option: take classes and live in Italy for a term or an academic year, with the support of Quebec government funding and Concordia International. Our partner universities include the Università di Bologna, the oldest university in the world, and the Università di Roma III.

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Program Details

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


  • Honours in Italian (60 credits)*
  • Major in Italian (42 credits)
  • Minor in Italian (30 credits)

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the major.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements
Course requirements for admission

None. You must meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

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We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

Carmine Di Michele scholarship

Established in 1982 in honour of Carmine Di Michele, a former faculty member of the Department of Modern Languages, this scholarship is open to all students whose major is Italian. The award is granted upon the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics.

Find out about all of the awards that the department offers.

Learn more about these other awards

Sample classes include:

  • Cultural Views of Italy
  • Cultural Expressions in Italy: from Neo-Realism to the Present
  • Feminist Discourse in Italy
  • Italian for Business

Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of current courses.

Concordia International, in collaboration with the various faculties and the School of Graduate Studies, administers student exchange and internships with Concordia's partner universities and other institutions of higher learning around the world. This exchange enhances relationships between the people and cultures of different countries and promotes international education.

Participating students remain registered at Concordia University and spend from one term to one academic year taking courses, doing research, or participating in an internship program. For complete details, please see the Undergraduate Calendar.

Exchange programs can take several forms, including:

Italy's is the eighth-largest economy in the world and studying Italian could open up career opportunities you’ve never thought about. Some of best-loved brands in Canada, like Ferrero, Illy and Geox, are Italian. Italy’s economy includes aerospace engineering, shipbuilding, and culinary arts.

Our graduates have found their language skills and cultural knowledge advantageous in those fields and others, including:

  • Education
  • Translation and interpretation
  • International business
  • Government
  • Travel industry
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