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As a student studying Italian, “la bella lingua,” you will be taking part in one of the richest cultures in the world. You'll learn that the field of Italian Studies encompasses a wide range of related disciplines, and you'll study the language, history, and culture of one of the most influential cultural hotspots of the 21st century. 

Benefits of learning Italian at UMass Dartmouth

  • improved job opportunities
  • increased intellectual capacity
  • ability to communicate in Italian
  • immersion into the Italian culture
  • knowledge of language and culture's history
  • new connection with your heritage

Studying Italian satisfies the CAS language requirement

Students pursuing a BA degree in the College of Arts and Sciences can fulfill their language requirement by studying Italian. You can start at the 101 level, which is offered every fall, or you can take a placement exam if you have some experience with the language.


  • ITA 101: Elementary Italian I
  • ITA 102: Elementary Italian II
  • ITA 201: Intermediate Italian I
  • ITA 202: Intermediate Italian II
  • ITA 204: Italian Literature and Translation
  • ITA 211: Contemporary Italian History through Film I
  • ITA 212: Contemporary Italian History through Film II
  • HST 316: Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • HST 329: The Early Middle Ages
  • HST 330: The Later Middle Ages
  • HST 331: The Renaissance
  • HST 344: History of Roman Civilization
  • HST 347: 19th-Century Italy
  • HST 400: Renaissance Cities
  • ARH 102: Early Modern European Art and its Antecedents
  • ARH 125: Studies in Visual Culture: Renaissance to Modern Art
  • ARH 301: Greek and Roman Art
  • ARH 324: Medieval Art
  • ARH 325: Italian Renaissance Art
  • ARH 336: Baroque Art in Italy and France

Italian Studies Events

In addition to university courses, UMass Dartmouth’s Italian Studies faculty holds a number of events throughout the academic year, bringing together professors and students to share their love of Italy and Italian culture. They also help to plan the College of Arts and Sciences Esposito event.

  • Italian Film Series (Fall and Spring)
  • Esposito Visiting Faculty Fellow (Spring)
  • Italian Studies Panel Discussion (Spring)
  • Italian Studies Field Trip (Fall and Spring)

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