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Italian Languages Program

COD offers Italian courses in a variety of formats to meet the needs of its diverse student population. It also offers the opportunity to live and study abroad in Siena, Italy.

Students can choose to earn an Associate in Arts and follow the Italian Transfer Pathway or take Italian courses to meet general education requirements.

COD offers Italian courses in the traditional and online format:  

  • Traditional: Classes meet weekly and students have the opportunity to interact with an instructor and their peers.
  • Online: Internet-based courses offer independent study and flexible learning. Classes are offered online with instructor and student web camera meetings.

Students will take courses in civilization and culture of Italy, elementary and intermediate Italian and conversation and composition. 

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Advance your knowledge of art and culture by studying Italian.

College of DuPage offers a world of educational opportunities in your own backyard. At COD, you'll find:

  •  Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
  • Instruction utilizing our state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Affordable courses to help you achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining your savings account.
  • Small class sizes to ensure you receive personalized attention.

Italian Transfer Pathway

The Italian Transfer Pathway, Associate in Arts  represents a typical course schedule or sequence for a student planning to complete the Associate in Arts degree within two years, then transfer and major in a specific discipline.

The study of Italian offers many benefits including:

  1. Love for Italian
    Italy has one of the richest cultural heritages and over the last 800 years has been a leader in literature, architecture, painting, sculpture and music. Over 60 percent of the world’s art treasures are found in Italy and some of the most famous Western artists were Italian.
  2. Career Opportunities
    Many employers seek people who speak Italian. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy including IBM, GE, Motorola, Citibank, Fiat & Chrysler, ABB and Nestle. 
  3. Cultural Enrichment
    Italy's cultural importance spans throughout history, with the Roman period and the Renaissance being two of the most influential moments. Italy has produced remarkable cultural works, from the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri to Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo, from The Prince of Machiavelli to the neo-realist films of De Sica and from Castiglione’s The Courtier to the post-modernist novels of Calvino.
  4. Historical Perspective
    In the middle ages, cities such as Florence and Venice were among the richest and most powerful of Europe. It was Italy that produced the Renaissance, the culture and values of which have provided the foundations of western life in the last five hundred years. Knowledge of the Italian language affords access to one of the West’s richest cultural traditions as well as to one of Europe’s most vital contemporary societies.

Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Italian Languages program is to apply for admission.

Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Students who complete courses in any of the Foreign Languages disciplines will:

  • Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes
  • Interact with cultural competence and understanding
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence
  • Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

College of DuPage has several languages transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.

Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.


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