Why Study Italian?
Knowledge of Italian is fundamental for those who embrace a career in the humanities and the social sciences, especially in art history, literature, history, music, linguistics, education and international relations. It is also becoming increasingly useful for those who plan a career in various technological fields, in business administration and in many other professional fields.
- Art related professions need Italian. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency of the United Nations), over 60 percent of the world's art treasures are found in Italy.
- Italy gave origin to literary masterpieces known and acclaimed worldwide such as Dante's Divine Comedy.
- Italy is a world leader in fashion, interior design, and graphic design.
- Italy has long been a magnet for the tourism industry. For example in 1996, 55 million people visited Italy. In the year 2000, Rome alone has hosted over 30 million visitors.
- Italian language could enable tourists to travel in the country as insiders.
- Italian is one of the top five world economies and a leading member of the G7 Group.
- An estimated 7,000 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 US firms have offices in Italy including IBM, General Electric, Motorola, City Bank and Price Waterhouse.
- Italy is a world leader in machine tool manufacturing, with advanced technologies in robotics, electro-mechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment. Many of these firms have offices in the United States.
- Italy's economy is changing: state-owned companies are becoming privatized, opening up the Italian market to American companies and professionals in aerospace, transportation, insurance, finance, shipping, telecommunications and various forms of commerce.
- With the opening of the Italian market, companies like AT&T and IBM will be establishing ties with Italian companies in the areas of cable TV, international cellular phone systems, the Internet and more, and will need personnel who speak Italian and English.
- Last but not least, you may be interested in Italy and Italian because you are of Italian descent and proud of your heritage.
What can you do with Italian at the University of Rochester?
Minor in Italian
The Minor in Italian requires five courses, usually starting with IT 151 (Intermediate Italian I.) This may include IT 152 (Intermediate Italian II), IT 157/207 (Italian in Italy, Summer) and a variety of other options from 200-level Italian courses.
Italian Course Descriptions
Apply for a Special Degree Program in Italian Studies
Students may create an interdepartmental concentration in Italian Studies through the College Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs. This major requires a minimum of ten courses in Italian and other related disciplines such as art history, history, music etc.
Study on Location in Arezzo, Italy
The Arezzo Program in the Fall semester offers sixteen credits which may be applied toward the requirements for the minor in Italian or an individualized major in Italian Studies.
Study on Location in Padua, Italy
The Padua Summer Program offers six credits which may be applied toward the requirements for the minor in Italian or an individualized major in Italian Studies.
Minor or Major in Comparative Literature
Cluster in Italian with 6 different options, including Dante & Boccaccio
- Advanced Italian Language and Cultural Studies (H1IT007)
- Intermediate Italian Language and Culture (H1IT006)
- Introduction to Italian Language and Culture (H1IT005)
- Italian Culture and Civilization (H1IT009)
- Italian Language (H1IT008)
- Italian Studies on Location (H1IT001)
- Boccaccio (H1INT002)
- Dante (H1INT003)
More information about the Italian Clusters is available via the University's Cluster Search Engine, which can be found here.
Courses offered in Italian Language and Culture
- IT 101 (Fall) and IT 102 (Spring) Beginning Italian
Students are the true protagonists and learn from scratch how to read, write, understand, and speak the language.
- IT 114 Conversational Italian (Fall - 2 credits)
Class focuses on readings, films and other visual and auditory materials based on contemporary Italy as well as topics of special interest for students. May be taken twice.
- IT 124 Topics in Italian Culture (Fall)
This course is taught by a visiting professor from Italy and its specific content varies every year. The course can be taken more than once.
- IT 151 (Fall) and IT 152 (Spring) Intermediate Italian
Students enhance their basic skills and approach the language at a higher level of complexity.
- IT 155 Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition (Fall)
An advanced course to refine students' level of speaking proficiency and writing skills. Course materials focus on current events, cultural issues, and the media.
- IT 195Q Dante's Divine Comedy I (in English - Fall)
- IT 196Q Dante's Divine Comedy II (in English - Spring)
- IT 200A Topics in Italian Culture and Advanced Italian Language (Fall)
See description of 124.
- IT 200B Practicum in Italian (2 credits)
- IT 222 Boccaccio's Decameron (in English)
- IT 247 Modern Italy (in English)
- The Arezzo cluster (Spring - 16 credits)
Four courses in language, literature, history, art history, and a variety of other disciplines. Full immersion in Italian language and culture.
- IT 157/207 Italian in Italy (Summer - 6 credits)
Intensive study of language and culture in Padua, Italy. Participants reside with Italian families and experience a full immersion in the language and culture of Italy.
Students interested in taking the Italian Placement test can contact Professor Luisa O’Keefe (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Teresa Murano (email@example.com).
For more information contact:
Associate Professor of Italian
Director of the Arezzo Program, Italy
Senior Lecturer in Italian
Director of the Padua Program, Italy
Adjunct in Italian