The Italian minor program of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages allows students to develop skills in Italian and to broaden and deepen their understanding of one of the world’s richest cultural traditions. 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 of speaking, listening, reading and writing Italian. Cultural awareness is integrated at every level of study.
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.
Students who minor in Italian have the opportunity to