This is an interdisciplinary studies minor that is intended to provide an in-depth appreciation of Italian language, culture, and civilization. The core of the minor focuses on courses that zero in on Italian language and culture. The supporting courses broaden the perspective, offering choices in various disciplines. Latin, the language of the ancient Romans, is the basis of the romance languages, including Italian, which may be considered a form of "modern Latin."
With the study of classical culture - including its art and literature - a student gains an understanding of a key historical period in the formation of Italian civilization. The rediscovery of Roman civilization was one of the most important aspects of the Renaissance, which began in and Italy spread to the rest of Europe. Italian cities became important centers of art, music, and learning.
For formal description of the program, visit the 2011-2012 catalog.
To discuss any questions about the minor program, please contact the Chair or other committee members.
Program Committee Members