Koula Sophianou has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus since 1998 – including an ambassadorship to Spain, to which she was appointed in 2016
Italian Studies brings together courses from Languages and Cultures, History, and Design, Art, and Performance to introduce students to the impact of Italian culture and history on the world today. Courses in Italian language combine those in literature, film, and culture. Students can also choose to minor in Italian.
Upon completion of the program, students majoring in Italian Studies may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Possible careers include:
- Secondary Teacher
- Foreign Language Teacher
- Business/Management Position
- Government/NGO/Non-profit Employment
- Graduate or Professional School
All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.
Italian Studies majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:
- A global/cultural awareness of the social and political relationships that shape the world.
- Understanding of different cultures and countries.
- Ability to work well with diverse groups of people.
- Aptitude at translating messages simultaneously into specified languages, maintaining message, content, context, and style as much as possible.
- Experience reading written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewriting material into specified languages.
- Ability to plan, execute, and disseminate research findings from different vantage points.
Cultural Studies majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to: