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Why Study Italian?



Why Study Italian?


The world loves Italian!
Italy has one of the richest cultural heritages and over the last 800 years has been a leader in
literature, architecture, painting, sculpture and music. Over 60% of the world’s art treasures
are found in Italy, and some of the most famous Western artists, from Giotto to Michelangelo,
were Italian.

For career opportunities
Italy is one of the G8, and many employers seek people who speak 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, GE, Motorola, Citibank, Fiat & Chrysler, ABB, Nestle, etc.

For cultural enrichment
Italy's cultural importance spans throughout history, with the Roman period and the
Renaissance being two of the most influential moments. Italy has produced remarkable
cultural works, from the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri to Michelangelo’s frescoes in the
Sistine Chapel and the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo. From The Prince of
Machiavelli to the neo-realist films of De Sica, and from Castiglione’s The Courtier to the
post-modernist novels of Calvino.

For historical perspective
In the middle ages, cities such as Florence and Venice were among the richest and most
powerful of Europe. It was Italy that produced the Renaissance, the culture and values of
which have provided the foundations of western life in the last five hundred years.
Knowledge of the Italian language affords access to one of the West’s richest cultural
traditions as well as to one of Europe’s most vital contemporary societies.






The Italian Program at College of DuPage


In addition to the following Italian courses, COD offers the opportunity to live and study abroad in
Siena, Italy during the summer session.

ITALIAN 1101 Elementary Italian I 4 Credit Hours
Develops the ability to speak, understand, read and write Italian in a cultural context. For the beginning
student. (4 lecture hours)

ITALIAN 1102 Elementary Italian II 4 Credit Hours
Continues the development of the ability to speak, understand, read and write Italian in cultural
context. For students who have successfully completed Italian 1101 or equivalent or one year of high
school Italian. (4 lecture hours)

ITALIAN 1840 Independent Study 1 to 4 Credit Hours
Exploration and analysis of topics within the discipline to meet individual student-defined course
descriptions, goals, objectives, topical outline and methods of evaluation in coordination with and
approved by the instructor. This course may be taken four times for credit as long as different topics
are selected. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor is required (1 to 4 lecture hours)

ITALIAN 2201 Intermediate Italian I 4 Credit Hours
Develops students' ability to speak, understand, read and write in a cultural context. Includes reading
and discussion of modern texts, conversation, composition, grammar review, and cultural activities.
For students who have successfully completed Italian 1102 or equivalent or two years of high school
Italian. (4 lecture hours)

ITALIAN 2202 Intermediate Italian II 4 Credit Hours
Further develops students' ability to speak, understand, read and write in a cultural context. Includes
reading and discussion of modern texts, conversation, composition, grammar review and cultural
activities. For students who have successfully completed Italian 2201 or equivalent or three years of
high school Italian. (4 lecture hours)

ITALIAN 2251 Conversation and Composition 3 Credit Hours
Develops students' listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills and expands
knowledge of the culture and civilization of Italy. For students who have successfully completed Italian
2202 or equivalent or four years of high school Italian. (3 lecture hours)

ITALIAN 2252 Conversation and Composition II 3 Credit Hours
Continues to develop students' listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills and
expands knowledge of the culture and civilization of Italy. For students who have successfully
completed Italian 2251 or equivalent or five years of high school Italian.
(3 lecture hours)