1) Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions in the language studied.
2) Students understand and interpret written and spoken forms of the language studied on a variety of topics.
3) Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics in the target language.
4) Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
5) Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
6) Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
7) Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
8) Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
9) Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
10) Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
11) Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
Students apply for admission to the major programs after successfully completing (or testing out of) the 110-111 sequence in their chosen language. They then begin the language sequence by taking three 4-credit courses, namely: 210, 211 and 300, which make up the first 12 credits of the major.
ITA 210-211 Intermediate Italian I-II [4-4] Courses emphasize communicative skills and language competence in a cultural context.
ITA 300 Literature, Conversation, and Composition  This course introduces students to literary analysis and the study of contemporary Italian culture while furthering their knowledge of complex grammatical structures and linguistic expression.
ITA 342-343* Studies in Italian Culture [3+3] An intensive study of Italian figures, works, and cultural movements. Content varies from semester to semester.
ITA 430 Dante’s Comedy  Reading and study of Dante’s masterpiece, with special emphasis on elements of narrative structure and the nature of Dante’s allegory.Conducted in English.
ITA 484 Independent Study  Topic selected with instructor’s approval.
ML 470-471 Integrative Capstone I-II [4-4] Capstone courses are open to junior and senior-level standing or by permission of instructor. These courses treat representative writers, genres, and cultural periods, and trains students to make comparisons and connections between different writers, periods, theories, and ideas in the several international literatures and cultures taught in the ML department. The content varies each semester.