Explore the world through the lens of Italy
Few cultures can match the historic, artistic, and religious significance of Italy. For centuries, it was the veritable centerpiece of European civilization. Its language, cuisine, architecture and music have inspired thousands of cultures around the world.
Aside from gaining language expertise, the Franklin & Marshall Italian minor immerses students in Italian art, literature, cuisine, theatre, history and culture through their course work and activities, including the student-run Italian Club.
Students have several opportunities to travel to Italy for study abroad, internships, or other applied language opportunities. Coordinated study programs are available in locations throughout Italy. The department offers its own faculty-led intensive language summer program in Tuscany.
Recent student activities abroad have included studying the lifestyle of local fishermen in a picturesque coastal town and examining the influence of patron saints on the personalities of Italian towns and villages.
We feature small classes with a friendly, interactive atmosphere. Each semester there are many opportunities for socializing and gathering outside of class, including lectures, informal conversation hours, dinners, receptions, picnics and films.
Scheduling Language Placement Exams
To schedule a placement exam, please contact Professor Giovanna Faleschini Lerner.
The student-run Italian Club organizes cultural activities in association with the Italian Department. Traditional activities include film screenings, Sunday dinners, a Bocce tournament and International Women's Day. Join the Italian Club on Facebook.
GKA National Italian Honor Society
Franklin & Marshall hosts a chapter of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honor Society.
The purpose of GKA is to acknowledge superior academic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture.
Each year, outstanding students of Italian are invited to become member of the Society during an induction ceremony held on campus. Criteria for membership conform to the standards of the national organization.
For more information, contact Professor Giovanna Faleschini Lerner.
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