Italian Department

In the Department of French and Italian

All courses are conducted in Italian unless otherwise noted.

Achievement Test: Students seeking entrance credit in Italian and wishing to pursue Italian at Colby must have taken either the College Board SAT Subject Test in Italian or a placement test during orientation.


Co-Chairs, Professor Adrianna Paliyenko (French) and Associate Professor Valérie Dionne (French)
Assistant Professors Gianluca Rizzo, Serena Ferrando, and Eleonora Buonocore; Language Assistant Margherita Carlotti

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Requirements for the Minor in Italian Studies

The minor in Italian studies seeks to acquaint students with the breadth of Italian language and civilization and to introduce them to the life and culture of Italy, from the Middle Ages to the modern and contemporary unified Italian state. Minors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester studying in Italy. The minor requires six courses: a minimum of four in the Italian program, on campus, beginning with Italian 127 and including either 141 or a 200-level course, and a 300-level course; plus additional courses in Italian literature or culture that may be taken outside the department and may be taught in English. All courses taken outside of the department must be approved by the department chair. Students should plan on taking 127 and 128 consecutively, preferably before going abroad. Students planning to take fifth-semester Italian while abroad should see Professor Ferrando or the department chair.