Learning Italian is an integral part of the liberal arts experience. It enriches one's capacity to think, empowers one to write more effectively, and solidifies one's understanding of language systems. As an undergraduate discipline, Italian Studies further opens the door to a country rich in art, music, literature, history, and cinematography.
The Italian Studies program at Gettysburg College offers beginning and intermediate language learning, complemented by courses in Italian cinema and culture taught in English. Instructors provide dynamic, grammar-based oral activities that aim at communicative proficiency. Students master both passive (reading and comprehension) and active (speaking and writing) skills. Throughout this process, students are exposed to Italian film, web sites, contemporary events, music, and lifestyle. Study-abroad opportunities exist at all levels.
The study abroad program in Italian language, in cooperation with Syracuse University, gives students at all levels of Italian the opportunity to spend the fall semester in Florence, Italy. Students who have completed Italian 102 or 202 at Gettysburg, as well as students who wish to minor in Italian, may take Italian language classes along with courses in Italian literature and culture in English. Both credits and grades from the program will be transferred, and financial aid may be applied to participation.