The Italian Program is designed to foster students' linguistic development and to provide a broad knowledge of Italian culture and that of the diaspora. Language courses emphasize communicative competence, but all skill areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are developed. Technology, and multimedia tools (DVDs, CDs, Internet sources) enhance language learning. The program also offers courses in literature, culture and civilization, film, and comparative topics. Students are trained to think critically about language and culture. Courses incorporate textual and linguistic analysis, as well as the examination of the social, cultural, and historical context of the given country or countries. Study abroad opportunities are available.
For students who begin college study at the beginning (IT 101 - 102) or intermediate (IT 151–152) levels, the Italian minor requires the completion of 18 credits. For students who begin college study at the advanced level (IT 201 or above), the minor requires the completion of 12 credits.
For further information on the program or on placement into Italian courses, please contact Professor Claire Marrone, Coordinator of the Italian Program.
Certificates in Advanced Language Study
Students can earn Certificates in Advanced Language Study after the completion of 6 credits at the advanced, third-year college level (201 or higher) in Spanish or Italian. Credit toward the certificates can be satisfied by coursework taken at Sacred Heart, study abroad credit, or transfer credit once the student has enrolled at our university. Because the certificates carry only 6 credits, AP, IB, and CLEP credit are not accepted. Students pursuing foreign language majors or minors would not earn certificates as they already would be formally minoring or majoring.