Italian Department

In the Department of

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 either have taken the College Board SAT Subject test in Italian or taken a placement test during orientation.


ChairProfessor Bénédicte Mauguière (French)
Assistant Professors Gianluca Rizzo and Serena Ferrando; Language Assistant Silvia Rizzo

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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 126, and two 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 Rizzo or the department chair.