Italy has one of the top ten economies in the world and is also a leader in modern design, fashion, manufacturing, and engineering. Moreover, in the third millennium, Italy is regaining its position as the crossroads of Mediterranean cultures and is quickly becoming a multicultural nation. Learning Italian will give you access to all of this and more, because at Mount Holyoke we not only teach you a language, we teach you a whole culture. The ability to speak, read, and understand more than one language has always been a sign of competence and a good education. In today’s world, it is also an ingredient for success, and Italian is an important language to learn. We are a small group of dedicated and creative professors and scholars; we keep our courses small and try to create a warm, supportive community that welcomes all students interested in Italian culture.