The Department of World Languages & Cultures and the Language Center offer classes in Italian Language, Culture, and Literature. Since 2007, the program also includes a Minor in Italian.
Studying in a small program within a large and diverse department is advantageous in many ways. Our small size classes allow individual attention for the student and the subject taught in all courses.
Why study Italian?
Italy holds a dear place in the American imagination. Who could imagine dinner without pizza and spaghetti? World literature courses always include Dante’s Divine Comedy. Films such as the Godfather and TV series such as the Sopranos have influenced what Americans think about Italy. Opera fans swoon over the passionate love stories in La Traviata and Aida, and art lovers long to admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces at least once in their lifetime.
Italian not only is a beautiful and incredibly melodic language. Italian is spoken in a country with an exceptionally rich culture and history. Wherever you go in Italy, you will find astonishing ancient, medieval, Renaissance and modern art of all kind.