Knowledge of Italian is essential for the study of history, literature, music, art, business, economics, and political science. Italy is home to a rich heritage of Western culture and since the Middle Ages has been a world leader in literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, and music. More than 60 million people speak Italian, and with Italy as one of the top ten economies in the world many companies are seeking people who are fluent in Italian.

Department of French & Italian

Jelena Todorović,

Intro Classes:
ITALIAN 101: First Semester Italian or ITALIAN 201: Italian for Speakers of Other Romance Languages

Live in Piazza Italia, the Italian House in the International Learning Community.

Affordable non-credit language classes offered on campus in the evenings, on the weekends and in the summer. Learn more

The Food Cultures of Italy First-Year Interest Group (FIG) will allow you to explore the great variety of food cultures of Italy, the connection between local foods and local identities, and the representation of food in Italian literature from the nineteenth century to the present.

Every other Wednesday, 5:45-6:30 pm
Rathskeller, Memorial Union
Contact: Loren Eadie,