Modern Languages: Italian (A.A.)

Italian piazza plus image of writing and translation of words in Italian

There are many reasons to learn Italian. Studying the Italian language will introduce you to the great art, cinema, literature, and music of Italy. International businesses, such as the fashion and culinary fields, seek Italian speakers. There is a rich culture and history behind the language and a beautiful country to explore. Learn more about some of our Italian courses (pdf).

Graduates with a specialization in Italian are in demand as bilingual educators, interpreters and translators. They are also highly desired in law schools, business programs, the fashion industry, and the travel and hospitality industries. They make highly competitive candidates when applying for positions in the international banking industry, global businesses, and international relations.

Study Abroad

Students who specialize in Italian typically participate in BMCC’s study abroad program in Italy, earning credits towards their degree. They can also spend an entire semester in Italy, through the many CUNY study abroad programs (often covered by financial aid, including grants and scholarships). Our graduates have gone on to pursue degrees at Hunter College, City College as well as Columbia University and Georgetown University Law School.

Faculty Expertise

Our world-class, award-winning faculty offers a curriculum spanning literary and cultural traditions from the Middle Ages to the present. We also incorporate student-centered pedagogical approaches to foster analytical skills and critical thinking. As students move onto upper-level courses in culture and literature, they build a strong foundation for the analysis of such key issues as gender, race, class, power relations, and the legacy of coloniality in today’s global scene.

Why wait? Contact the Modern Languages Department to find an Italian course that is right for you!

Transfer Options

This program fully articulates with Hunter College’s bachelor degree program in Italian so that you can seamlessly continue your education there without any loss of credits.

Explore Careers

BMCC is committed to  students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with a career advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.

Explore career paths for Modern Languages (pdf)


Required Common Core

Flexible Common Core1

Curriculum Requirements

Italian Language Requirement2
Program Electives3
General Electives
Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements



  1. No more than two course in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Common Core requirements.
  2. Choose 15 credits from ITL 170 or any ITL course 200-level and above.
  3. Choose 9 credits from ART 103, ART 290, ART 292, ART 294, ENG 360, ENG 391, LIN 100, LIN 110, LIN 210, HIS 115, HIS 116, MUS 103, SSC 150, THE 300, any FRN course, any SPN course, any TRS course, or any PRT course.


Please note, these requirements are effective the 2022-2023 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.

Modern Languages Dept.

199 Chambers Street, Room S-601
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8105

Office Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m