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In the Department of French and Italian.
All courses are conducted in Italian unless otherwise noted.
Chair, Professor Adrianna Paliyenko (French)
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 either two additional courses in Italian literature or culture or two courses, which may be taught in English, that deal centrally with one field of Italian cultural studies (for example, Italian art, literature, cinema, or music). 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 who take fifth semester Italian while abroad should see the Department chair.