Minor in Italian

The minor in Italian offers a solid foundation in Italian language and culture, gives students access to an extraordinarily rich tradition, and provides a gateway for exciting professional opportunities.

Italy played a crucial role in shaping Western civilization. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations), Italy is home to 47 World Heritage Sites, more than any other country worldwide. In exploring its language and culture, students gain an extraordinary vantage point to purse a genuinely interdisciplinary education. 

Italy has one of the 10 largest economies in the world, and many employers seek graduates proficient in Italian. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. 

Italy is a world leader in fashion and design, tourism, and the food and automotive industries, as well as being one of the world's largest producers of renewable energy; students planning careers in such fields greatly benefit from knowing Italian.

For more information about the minor in Italian, please contact Professor Filippo Naitana at 203-582-3334 or

Curriculum + Requirements

The minor in Italian has the following requirements:

  • At least six courses (18 credits), all of which must be taught in Italian
  • At least two of the six courses must be at the 300 level
  • In all courses for the minor a grade of C or higher must be achieved
  • At least nine credits must be taken on campus

Students may choose from the following courses:

IT 101 Beginning Italian I (3 credits)
IT 102  Beginning Italian II (3 credits) Prerequisite: IT 101
IT 201 Intermediate Italian I (3 credits) Prerequisite: IT 102
IT 202  Intermediate Italian II (3 credits) Prerequisite: IT 201
IT 301 Advanced Italian I (3 credits)* Prerequisite: IT 202 or instructor's permission
IT 302 Advanced Italian II (3 credits) * Prerequisite: IT 301 or instructor's permission
IT 316 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture (3 credits)* Prerequisite: IT 302 or instructor's permission
IT 320 Italy's Cities (3 credits)* Prerequisite: IT 302 or instructor's permission

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