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Explore the world through the lens of Italy

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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.


FALL 2014

Common Hour Lecture

October 9, 2014 ~ 11:30 am

"Galileo Philosopher"

Professor Mark Peterson, Mount Holyoke College

Italian Class Dinner

Monday, October 27, 5:30 pm

Brooks College House Great Room

Learn about the Italian minor, the Summer Program in Tuscany, and opportunities for study abroad and internships abroad.


"Primo Levi's If Not Now, When?" 

November 20, 2014 ~ 4:30 pm 

Professor Jonathan Drucker,  Illinois State University and the U.S. Holocaust Museum

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  • Placement Exam
  • Franklin & Marshall offers placement exams in any of the languages that we teach at the College.