Why Choose Nazareth for Italian?

The study of Italy's urban culture, its 20th century literature, the Italian cinema, classical works such as the Divine Comedy, study abroad, and of course, learning the language are just a few of the ways Nazareth students visit Italy from all perspectives.

The Italian language degree program at Nazareth College is not simply about conjugating verbs or sitting in language labs—it is an immersive experience in the culture, literature, art, and people of Italy.

Study abroad is a requirement for all foreign language majors. Through Nazareth's affiliation with the Università degli Studi 'G. D'Annunzio' in Pescara, Italy, our students live and study Italian culture for a summer, a year or a semester. Nazareth students take courses with Italian students and are housed in apartments close to the university for a genuine experience of life in Italy. The program includes weekend trips to Venice, Florence and Rome. 

Program Highlights

Contact Information

Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander

Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander

Professor of Italian / Director of the Study Abroad for Pescara & Florence Italy / Coordinator of Casa Italiana in Foreign Languages & Literature
Coordinator of Casa Italiana in Casa Italiana
Golisano Academic Center 393

Education: A native speaker of Italian, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a thesis on Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello.

Teaching and Research Interests: Teaching since 1978, Prof. Vitti-Alexander believes in closely associating with her students for a fuller appreciation of the language and culture of Italy. In addition, she has accompanied students abroad through the University of Michigan Summer program in Florence for 18 years. She is presently running a summer program for Nazareth in Pescara.

Italian major, Italian degree program, foreign language program, Nazareth College Rochester NY

Alumni Spotlight: Katherine de la Rionda '02

United States Foreign Service, U.S. AID, executive officer in the area of population, health, and nutrition programs abroad

"Learning Italian at Nazareth laid a foundation from which I could learn other languages. I have gone on to learn (at varying levels of proficiency) Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, and French—though my first love will always be Italian."

Example Careers

  • Translator
  • ESL teacher
  • Historian
  • Bilingual professional
  • Tour guide
  • Travel writer

Internships/Field Experiences

  • U.S. Department of State, Rome, Italy
  • Cast Industries, Rochester, NY
  •  Allworx, Rochester, NY

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Florida Atlantic University
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Auburn School District
  • East Rochester School District
  • East and West Irondequoit Central School District
  • Gates Chili School District
  • Greece Central School District
  • McQuaid Jesuit High School