Dante. Galileo. Michelangelo. DaVinci. These cultural icons are as relevant today as they were centuries ago — so influential that their mark continues to be felt in Western culture. But these names aren’t just synonymous with Italy. They stand for greatness in the arts and sciences themselves. Studying Italian is a gateway to understanding masterpieces of Italian literature, opera, cinema, and theater. But it also puts you firmly at the center of international business and finance: Italy, a member of the G-8, is one of the world’s largest economies, and an increasingly important partner of U.S. businesses. Employers know that students who are conversant in multiple cultures and languages are valuable assets, and studying Italian can give you a leg up when pursuing careers in international business and trade.
Manhattanville offers two avenues to steeping yourself in Italian culture: You can minor in Italian, gaining proficiency in the language; or you can minor in Italian studies, which mixes language courses with classes in Italian culture, history, or literature taught in English.
Students who minor in either Italian or Italian studies are also encouraged to spend a summer or semester abroad in Italy.
Language Placement Exams: Manhattanville offers language placement exams in Italian. If you have any background in Italian and you are considering continuing study in that language, please complete the placement exam. Language placement exams are now on Blackboard. They will be made available at certain times during the academic year. For specific dates for the placement exams each semester, please check the World Languages and Literatures webpage. For Instructions to access the placement exams on Blackboard click here.
Current information about degree program requirements can be found in the official College Catalogs.