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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.

Reasons to Study Italian

  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.

Class Formats

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 webcam meetings.


  • Italian 1100 - Civilization and Culture of Italy - 3 Credit Hours (taught in English)
  • Italian 1101 - Elementary Italian I - 4 Credit Hours
  • Italian 1102 - Elementary Italian II - 4 Credit Hours
  • Italian 1840 - Independent Study - 1 to 4 Credit Hours
  • Italian 2201 - Intermediate Italian I - 4 Credit Hours
  • Italian 2202 - Intermediate Italian II - 4 Credit Hours
  • Italian 2251 - Conversation and Composition I - 3 Credit Hours
  • Italian 2252 - Conversation and Composition II - 3 Credit Hours


Contact Information

Liberal Arts Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2047