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Italian is the fourth most studied foreign language in the world, after English, Spanish and Chinese. Students are often motivated by an interest in art, music, travel and in reconnecting with their Italian families. The fact that learning Italian isn’t a necessity, but something people actively choose to do – for fun, for love, and maybe on a whim – is part of what makes it such a joyful experience. Students in the Italian program build strong and lasting friendships with professors and peers, who become their support system during their lives at OU and beyond.

Numerous companies in Southeast Michigan - including Stellantis, Marelli, Pirelli and Brembo - have deep ties with Italy, making the knowledge of Italian a sought-after skill in our job market.

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IT 1140 Italian Language and Culture I

IT 1150 Italian Language and Culture II

IT 2140 Second Year Italian I

IT 2150 Second Year Italian II

IT 3140 Italian Grammar Review

IT 3160 Italian Conversation and Composition

IT 3510 Italian Civilization    

IT 3550 Translation into English   

IT 3570 Italian Business Communication

ML 2900 Experiential Learning (study abroad)

Italian Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credits at the 2000 level and above, including:

  • IT 2140 - Second Year Italian I (4)
  • IT 2150 - Second Year Italian II (4)
  • IT 3140 - Italian Grammar Review (4)
  • IT 3160 - Italian Conversation and Composition (4)

and one of the following

  • IT 3510 - Italian Civilization (4)
  • IT 3550 - Translation into English (4)
  • IT 3570 - Italian Business Communication (4)

The Italian Club is open to everyone interested in the Italian culture. We frequently sponsor outings and events to promote multicultural awareness, but most of all to build a sense of community between students. Join our famiglia!

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For advising, please contact:

Caterina Pieri
Special Lecturer
Adviser for Italian Study Abroad programs
[email protected]

Gregory Tokarski
Special Lecturer
122 O'Dowd Hall
[email protected]

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

O'Dowd Hall, Room 372
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, 586 Pioneer Drive 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2060
Fax: (248) 370-3170