Why should you learn to speak Italian at Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts? We could tell you ourselves, but wouldn’t you rather hear students tell you](#italian-student-remarks) what they love about our Italian program? Of course, if you were to ask us, we’d tell you it’s partly because our small class sizes give you face time with our faculty. That means you’ll get the personal attention you need to learn Italian in a way that supports your life and career goals. You’ll also get a chance to study abroad in Italy, and you might even get to teach there!
Why Study Italian?
Apart from being the number one study abroad destination among university students, Italy’s importance in the corporate world and its complementary pairing with humanities studies make Italian the fourth-most-studied foreign language in the United States. Temple University’s Italian major is an interdisciplinary course of study that, in addition to being built on requirements of language proficiency and Italian literary history knowledge, places a strong emphasis on cultural, global and national identity studies. The program’s methodology is based on a communicative approach coupled with technology-based student engagement practice to enhance language retention, level of competency and proficiency. Additionally, it provides a window into Italian culture. The transferable communication and critical thinking skills acquired through the program prove invaluable to employers of liberal arts graduates.
Italian majors take courses in Italian for Business, where students not only master the sectorial language of Italian business but also gain an understanding of the functioning of the nation’s business and economy. Special topics courses, offered periodically, explore what it meant (and means) to be Italian in relation to historical events and realities that have divided and united Italians. Each course utilizes cinema and media studies to further reflect on how the country’s literature and history have shaped Italian society, while in turn showcasing different modes of reading and thinking about literature.
Majoring in Italian prepares you for a career requiring analytical thinking and communication skills in fields such as education, academia, business, international business, government service, travel and tourism.
Italian Student Remarks
“The most momentous moment for me is the suggestion and gentle persuasion of Professor Gragnani to apply for the SITE program in Lombardia. I was accepted and spent three glorious months of Milan teaching at I.T.C. Gino Zappa in Saronno, Varese. This experience really strengthened my Italian language skills and gave me the unique opportunity to immerse myself in Italian culture.” (Anastacia Garcia, Anthropology & Italian, ’11)
“As a student of psychology, I was always eager to explore and analyze people – the Italian program presented a wonderful opportunity to approach this ultimate objective from a unique angle. Through the acquisition and investigation of a new language and culture, my perception of and appreciation for methods of communication and cultural diversity were enhanced.” (Emma Bushong, Psychology & Italian ’13)
Face Time with Faculty
Our small class size allows faculty and students to build a rapport with each other. In turn, we devote a great amount of individual attention to every student throughout their college career, leading them towards success. We understand their talents and potential, and work with them to find opportunities that best fit their professional and academic aspirations.
Italy: #1 Study Abroad Destination
Students of Italian not only study abroad, but they have the opportunity to partake in fellowship and teaching programs as well as internships in Italy. Italian majors and minors are highly encouraged to apply for the Marthe Lavallée-Williams Study Abroad Scholarship and Grants Award. Assorted awards ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 support language study in Italy for one semester, one academic year or one summer.
Teach in Italy
Each year, two Italian majors are selected to participate in a paid teaching program in Northern Italy through the Study, Intercultural Training and Experience (SITE) program. SITE interns live in a city of the Lombardy region for three-to-eight months, teach English at local high schools and are trained in teaching.