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Learning Italian leads to unique educational and professional opportunities
At Mount Holyoke College, our Italian faculty are a small group of dedicated professors and scholars. Rather than simply teaching a language, we teach you a whole culture and support your professional growth through language programs and internships in Italy. We keep our courses small and create a warm, supportive community that welcomes all students interested in Italian language and culture. Italian is renowned as the language of the arts, music, and opera. In the third millennium, at the crossroads of Mediterranean culture, Italy is quickly becoming a multicultural nation, with one of the top ten economies in the world. It is a leader in design, fashion, food and wine as well as in engineering, aerospace and medicine. The ability to speak, read and understand Italian and to have first-hand experience in Italian culture is vital and relevant in today’s interconnected global economies.
Learn more about our small group of dedicated professors and scholars.
Explore courses that access Italy's rich literary and cultural heritage through a variety of venues, including short stories, novels, poetry, film, music, art, and contemporary newspapers.
View the requirements for both the major and minor in Italian and explore courses cross-listed with the Romance languages.
Integrate classroom learning through peer mentoring, participation in a language community, and interactive activities.
Apply for an internship in Italy (usually in your junior year) and explore other recommended study abroad programs.
Majors are prepared for graduate school and careers that utilize their language skills and cultural awareness
Alumnae describe the experiences and people that inspired their journey's and careers.
Professor Giamatti continues to inspire the Italian program through annual speakers and a collection of over 200 edition's of Dante's Divine Comedy.
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