Program Summary

Minor Requirements

  1. Fill out a formal application through the Department of Modern Languages
  2. Completion of 35 credits in Italian: ITAL115-ITAL315. The student must maintain an overall average 2.00 (C) in the minor courses with no grade below "C". "P" and "S" grades are not acceptable.
  3. Consult with your minor adviser, if you have already had advanced language proficiency.


  • ITAL115Language I (5 credits)
  • ITAL125Language II (5 credits)
  • ITAL135Language III (5 credits)
  • ITAL215Language IV (5 credits)
  • ITAL225Language V (5 credits)
  • ITAL235Language VI (5 credits)
  • ITAL315Language VII (5 credits)

First year Italian

  • ITAL115 Italian Language I - Fall (5 credits)
  • ITAL125 Italian Language II - Winter (5 credits)
    • Prerequisite: ITAL115 or equivalent.
  • ITAL135 Italian Language III - Spring (5 credits)
    • Prerequisite: ITAL125 or equivalent.

The first year Italian at Seattle University provides a comprehensive introduction to spoken and written Italian. Three language classes per week gradually familiarize the student with grammatical rules and functional skills necessary to communicate. The students will develop an understanding of grammar and pronunciation through continual interaction with their instructor and each other, guided role-play, songs and games, oral and written exercises.

Second year Italian

  • ITAL215 Italian Language I - Fall (5 credits)
    • Prerequisite: ITAL135 or equivalent.
  • ITAL225 Italian Language II - Winter (5 credits)
    • Prerequisite: ITAL215 or equivalent.
  • ITAL235 Italian Language III - Spring (5 credits)
    • Prerequisite: ITAL225 or equivalent.

The second year Italian is designed for students who have successfully completed Italian 135 at Seattle University or the equivalent level at another university. The purpose of this course is to further develop the students' speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as their knowledge of Italy's contemporary culture. The emphasis in this course is not so much on learning grammar (as a mechanical exercise) as on the active use of the language. In order to acquire the necessary knowledge of Italian grammar, idiomatic expressions, and vocabulary, students will explore readings, music, film, poetry, newspaper articles and the Internet.

Third year Italian

  • ITAL315 Italian Culture and Society - Fall (5 credits).
    • Prerequisite: ITAL235 or equivalent

An introduction to Italian culture and history with emphasis on the reality of today's Italy such as: the growing ethnic and cultural diversity, gender roles in society and in the family and the new economy. Course is taught in Italian.

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