The World Languages and Cultures Department offers a range of courses
in Italian, from introductory to advanced levels. The introductory
courses emphasize a communicative approach that stresses familiarity
with the language structure, the cultural context and provides the
students with a critical view of Italian and American cultural traits
from a comparative viewpoint. Advanced courses emphasize the acquisition
of thematic vocabulary and more specialized grammatical structures in
culturally authentic contexts through speaking, reading, writing and
listening. Additionally, Italian internships are available for academic
credit under the supervision of the Italian faculty.
Italy has the
8th largest economy in the world, it is a founding member of the EU and
the G8, and many employers in both North America and Europe seek people
who speak English and Italian. Italian is greatly beneficial in several
professional fields, including the culinary arts, interior design,
fashion, furniture design, graphic design, oenology, construction
machinery, electromechanical machinery, machine tool manufacturing,
robotics, shipbuilding, and transportation equipment. The study of
Italian is enjoyable on its own because the language is one in which
quick progress is made in the early stages. The phonetics of Italian are
remarkably consistent: it is a highly approachable foreign language
that allows for easy pronunciation, reading, and writing. Italy has the
aesthetics, culture, and history to provide a lifetime of future
inquiry. Learning Italian will enhance your ability to analyze,
categorize, and discuss ideas emanating from the Western experience.
can become proficient in Italian and study at one of AU Abroad's sites
including the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (one of the oldest
universities in the world, founded in 1175), the American University of
Rome, and John Cabot University.
Minor in Language and Area Studies: Italian/Europe
The AU Italian/Europe Area Studies Minor enables its students to gain valuable language skills in intermediate and advanced conversation and composition Italian courses, accompanied by interdisciplinary work that creates a dialogue between Italian linguistics and the cultural production of art, history, literature, music, and political science. An Italian/Europe Language and Area Studies Minor provides Italian proficiency credentials to graduate school, especially in the departments of art, art history, fashion design, film studies, history, international studies, classical studies, Romance literature, music, and theology.