Selecting Courses

The Italian major seeks to foster linguistic fluency and appreciation of Italian culture. In addition to acquiring advanced oral and written proficiency in the Italian language, majors will have the opportunity to access Italy's rich literary and cultural heritage through a variety of venues, including short stories, novels, poetry, film, music, art, and contemporary newspapers. Please see the Programs page for brief requirements for the major and minor. 

Besides taking courses at Mount Holyoke and in the Five College community, we encourage our student majors to investigate the many study-abroad options available to them in such culturally diverse cities as Florence, Rome, Milan, Siena and Bologna. 

Majors in Italian language and culture may lead to work in a variety of national and international careers, from foreign service to fashion marketing, from international banking and trade to film publishing and journalism, and from a career in journalism to teaching.

First Year Students

Students with no previous training in Italian should enroll in 101f/s–102s Elementary Italian. 

Students hoping to begin their Italian studies at Mount Holyoke College at a level higher than Elementary Italian (101-102) should contact  Professor Ombretta Frau

First Year Students may consider enrolling in:

  • ITAL-101f/s  Elementary Italian
  • ITAL-102s     Elementary Italian
  • ITAL-112s     Bridge to Italian 201, part 1 
  • ITAL-113f     Bridge to Italian 201, part 2 (prerequisite ITAL 112)
  • ITAL-201f     Intermediate Italian Through Film (with permission from instructor)
  • ITAL-209s    Conversation and Composition (with permission from instructor)
  • ITAL-221f     Introduction to Italian Culture and Literature I: 'On love, death, and other frivolous things' (with permission from instructor)
  • ITAL-222f    Italian Modernity:  Itroduction to Modern Italy (with permission from instructor)

Students who wish to be assigned a tutor are requested to speak with their instructor. Students who wish to become tutors are required to apply on JobX for this position and may work up to 5 hours per week during the academic year.

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