Department Learning Goals

Major in Italian Studies: Students who are graduated from Gettysburg College with a major in Italian Studies will demonstrate the following skills and proficiencies:

  1. They will handle with ease and confidence a large number of communicative exchanges in Italian pertaining to topics relating to work, school, home, and leisure activities, as well as to events of current, public, and personal interest or individual relevance.
  2. They will demonstrate their ability to narrate and describe in all major time frames (past, present, and future) and moods (mainly the subjunctive) with high accuracy and flow so as to be readily understood by native speakers.
  3. As to writing, they will demonstrate an ability to write academic essays — in all the major time frames and moods —about topics relating to their course of study with a length between 500 and 600 words. They will demonstrate excellent control of the most frequently used syntactic structures of Italian, (e.g., common word order patterns, coordination, subordination), and they will make few errors in complex sentences.
  4. They will show, as determined by passing grades in their 300-level Italian and 200-level Italian culture courses, a capstone project, and an exit interview a firm grasp of Italian academic topics pertaining to their particular course of study. Their understanding should cover such topics pertinent to Italian culture, geography, film, history, gender studies, theater, and literature.
  5. They will understand nuances of Italian life and culture only gained through first-hand experience of at least a semester spent abroad in Italy with an affiliated or approved program.