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    The Italian Program

    The Italian minor program of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages allows students to develop skills in Italian. The department’s mission is to prepare and enable students, through the acquisition of a second language, to participate in a multilingual and multicultural world.

    The Italian language program employs a culture-based communicative approach that fosters the requisite skills to speak, listen to, read, write and learn Italian. Cultural awareness is integrated at every level since language is culture and culture is language.

    Students who minor in Italian have the opportunity to

    • develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating Italian.
    • develop an awareness and appreciation of Italian culture.
    • engage in cross-cultural comparisons.
    • make connections with other disciplines of study.
    • participate in multilingual communities abroad or in the U.S.

    Requirements for Italian Minor (18 credits):
    A minor in Italian requires 6 courses beyond IT 203.

    Required Courses ( 12 credits):
    IT 305 Developing Oral Proficiency in Italian - 3 credits
    IT 315 Stylistics: Techniques of Composition and Interpretation - 3 credits 
    Any 300 level course in literature - 3 credits
    Any 300 level course in culture and civilization - 3 credits 

    Any two courses from the 200 or 300 level - 6 credits

    Study abroad is essential to attain proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Italian. Students, therefore, who wish to minor in Italian are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Courses must be taught in the target language, i.e., in Italian. A minimum of a 9-credit summer program or one semester of study in Italy would qualify. For students who are not able to study abroad, language study in an immersion setting may be substituted. All programs must be approved by the department chair.