Minor Overview

Being proficient in a foreign language provides a significant edge in the job market, and can open the door to exciting positions in government, international business, health care and education. This minor offers a strong foundation in the Italian language and the country’s rich culture. We believe in an immersive approach to learning languages, and so the classes you take will be taught entirely in Italian, with the exception of special topics courses such as “Italy: A Journey Through Food, History and Culture,” which are taught in English.

You’ll also have a wide variety of opportunities to explore Italian art and culture and hone your language skills through study abroad programs with our partners in Florence and Perugia, Italy. Quinnipiac will coordinate foreign internships and service-learning projects for you at a range of sites, such as the Roccafiore Winery, where you’ll learn about the international wine business, or at a local high school where you’ll help teachers design English language workshops and other learning plans, or perhaps at a luxury textiles company, where you can gain valuable management and marketing experience in the context of the global economy.  

Curriculum and Requirements

The minor in Italian has the following requirements:

  • At least six courses (18 credits)
  • 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 200 Italian Special Topics (3 credits) Prerequisite: EN 101
IT 201 Intermediate Italian I (3 credits) Prerequisite: IT 102
IT 202  Intermediate Italian II (3 credits) Prerequisite: IT 201                                                   IT 210  Italy: A Journey through its Food, History and Culture (Taught in English) (3 credits) Prerequisite: EN 101                                                                                                           IT 211    Italian Cinema (Taught in English) (3 credits) Prerequisite: EN 101                           IT 212    Florence and the Making of the Renaissance (Taught in English) (3 credits) Prerequisite: EN 101                                                                                                           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

Current Quinnipiac students are required to take an online placement test before registering for an Italian course.