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The Italian department offers language instruction at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels.  It also provides literature courses that enable students to become well acquainted with the principal periods of Italian literature, the major writers, and inter-related aspects of Italian culture.  Although a traditional major in Italian is not offered, students may choose to self-design a major in either Italian Language and Literature or Italian Studies.  Both programs of study are to be discussed and structured in consultation with the Italian department.  Proficiency in Italian can be of practical advantage in several areas such as economics, law, business, International studies, medicine, music and art history.  Study Abroad: Students with at least a B average have the opportunity to live and study in Italy for one or two semesters.  A summer session of study in Italy is also recommended.