This four-year course includes a year abroad and will give you an excellent knowledge of the influence of Italian literature on English writing from the middle ages to contemporary popular culture. **Why study this course?** This four-year degree is taught by members of the School of Literature and Languages, which includes the Department of English Literature and the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies. Studying English Literature and Italian together will enable you to explore the influences of Italian literature and culture on England from the Mmiddle Aages to contemporary popular culture. We provide accelerated learning in Italian, meaning that you can start from beginner's level if you have not studied the language before, or at intermediate level if you have only learnt it up to GCSE or AS level. Regardless of your language skills when you startjoint, you will soon master the fundamental elements of the language and will graduate with a near-native command of it. In the School of Literature and Languages, our teaching is based on small-group classes, and members of the departments, from professors to new lecturers, teach at every level. We are a very research-active School, and both departments have ranked highly in the government’s Research Assessment Exercise. You will benefit from our expertise as we expand our curriculum to take account of the newest developments in our fields. You will spend a year abroad as part of your degree course, and so you will have the opportunity to take courses in one of our partner universities on the Erasmus exchange programme, or do a teaching assistantship or work placement. There is a strong sense of community in the School of Languages and Literature: if you decide to study for your degree with us, we hope you will be part of that community during and after your degree. **After the course** A degree in English Literature and Italian opens many doors. As a Reading graduate you will enter the job market with well-developed skills of oral communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication. This is an attractive profile: Reading graduates in English Literature have taken up jobs in television, film, theatre, publishing, public relations and advertising, journalism, education (primary, secondary and tertiary), travel and tourism, events planning, retail management and a variety of communication fields. Graduates in Italian Studies have gone on to work in a wide variety of careers, many of which put their linguistic skills to practical use in the UK or overseas. Careers of recent graduates range from translating, teaching and research (PhDs at Cambridge and Siena Universities) to marketing, financial services (London Capital Group), business, the international art business (Christie's), journalism and the fashion and travel industries. Our innovative Professional Track programme will ensure that you have the ‘complete package’ that employers are looking for: a good degree, workplace skills and experience.