Italian Studies Minor

Italian Studies Minor


Italian Studies minors gain a broad understanding of the language, literature, and lives of Italy.

Our multidisciplinary program is vibrant, flexible, challenging, and engaging. You will work toward linguistic proficiency in Italian, honing your basic vocabulary and progressing toward sophisticated communication, oral and written. From there, you’ll encounter Italian culture through a plethora of film, history, politics, art, and music. In small, discussion-based classes, you’ll engage with writers and thinkers like Elena Ferrante, Dante, Italo Calvino, and Machiavelli, to name a few.

Throughout your journey, you’ll receive highly personalized instruction from our world-renowned faculty. We are here to equip you for whatever future you envision!


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After successfully completing levels 1–3, students will be able to...

  • Understand and produce speech in a variety of personal and social contexts; initiate and sustain conversations about multiple topics in the past, present and future tenses. 
  • Read and comprehend texts with varied subject matter, multiple points of view and verb tenses. 
  • Write prose that includes description and narration on a variety of topics with varied vocabulary.
  • Provide interpretations and supporting ideas. 
  • Exhibit understanding and demonstrate knowledge of cultural, geographical, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of other societies. 
  • Demonstrate an ability to see the world from multiple perspectives and become aware of themselves as members of the global community.

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