Basic Language Program

The Italian Basic Language Program offers students a strong foundation of Italian linguistic and cultural knowledge, through a four-course sequence (ITAL 101, 102, 103, and 104). Upon completion, students will be able to communicative effectively in everyday situations and be well-positioned to further their study of Italian language and culture.

Each course in the sequence is a 4-credit hour course that meets three hours a week and includes an online work component. The online work prepares students for class allowing class time to be spent really using language through conversation, games, and other activities!

The BLP is made up of a four course sequence:

  • 101 – Elementary Italian I
  • 102 – Elementary Italian II
  • 103 – Intermediate Italian I
  • 104 – Intermediate Italian II

Students who pass Italian 104 fulfill the LAS language requirement and are able and encouraged to continue with 200-level courses.

After passing Italian 104, you may take Italian 200, 210 or 230 and consider a Minor in Italian.

Remember that if you complete a major in Teacher Education, you can teach Italian too. All you need to do to get an endorsement in Italian, is to earn 20 credit hours in the subject matter beyond 104 and take the content exam in Italian. Schools tend to hire candidates who can teach more than one subject/language. Consider adding a minor in Italian especially if you are a major in the Teaching of Spanish, French, German or English. Questions? Contact Professor Inma Taboada.

Who to contact

For more information on policies, placement, and course syllabi or for questions about Italian 101-104, please contact the Director of the Italian Basic Language Program.

Interested in taking Italian after 104? Minoring in Italian ? For information about Italian electives and the major or minor, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Italian.

Find out more about declaring a Minor in Italian and Italian American Studies on our Advising page.