The study of Italian at Franklin & Marshall is rooted in a modern liberal arts education, bringing together humanistic tradition and global society. The minor in Italian is designed to give students a solid knowledge of the language and a critical understanding of the literary, cinematic and artistic traditions of Italy. The courses offered within the program provide opportunities for students to refine the critical thinking, reading and writing skills that will serve them throughout their professional lives. Small classes allow students to work closely with faculty in an informal atmosphere that encourages individual learning. Each course includes additional individual and small-group sessions with an Italian teaching assistant who is a native speaker of the language. Courses are conducted in Italian, and students are given opportunities to practice the language outside of class.
Graduates of the Department of Italian are well prepared to pursue careers in a variety of fields. The rigorous study of Italian language structure helps develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in many different professions. Courses in literature and civilization foster skills such as logical thinking, coherent writing and persuasive argumentation, while the ability to understand and communicate in another language requires advanced communication skills that are easily transferable to fulfilling careers—in international affairs, museums and auction houses, teaching and research and art. Students frequently combine Italian with another concentration in medicine and the healing arts, business or another field.
A minor in Italian consists of six courses beyond ITA101. Students must have two electives at the 300–400 level with one of those courses being ITA310 or ITA360. Students may take one additional elective at the 200 or above level, which can be chosen in consultation with the chair of the department.
Students must complete all coursework in Italian. Students may include two courses from study abroad in the minor.
Franklin & Marshall has its own summer study abroad program in Tuscany, offering courses in Intermediate Italian (ITA 210, 310) and independent studies. Students of Italian have studied abroad in the following programs in recent years: F&M Summer Program in Vicchio; IES in Rome or Milan; Arcadia University in Perugia; Boston University in Padova; Middlebury, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, or Syracuse in Florence. See the International Programs section of the Catalog for further information.