The Italian program at CSU-Pueblo offers a vibrant and dynamic introduction to the study of Italian language and culture. Through a wide variety of coursework in language, conversation, composition, literature and cultural history, students are exposed to a range of issues and methodological approaches. In addition to developing student proficiency in Italian language, the program aims to broaden student understanding of and appreciation for Italy’s rich cultural heritage as well as its expansive historical legacy. Small class sizes ensure that students receive the individual attention they need to progress rapidly.
Why Study Italian?
The Italian program at CSU-Pueblo is supported by a generous endowment, which ensures that all students that minor in Italian will be eligible for a scholarship to be applied toward university tuition or study abroad in Italy. By studying Italian, students gain the invaluable skill of communicating in a foreign language and the opportunity to enhance preparation in a variety of related disciplines, including international studies, business, economics, philosophy, history, design, art, literature and fashion, to name a few. The study of Italian helps to provide a solid foundation for a varied liberal arts education, enhancing the higher educational experience while better preparing students for careers in a global economy. CSU’s Italian minor follows closely the ACTFL guidelines for language proficiency.
The goal of the Italian minor program is to have our students achieve an intermediate/advanced degree of
transilingual and transcultural competency. Our program has five learning objectives based on the five C’s: Communications, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities. For our Communication objective students are expected to attain at least an Intermediate High proficiency level as per ACTFL standards .
Is Italian a Popular Language?
According to a recent survey by research conducted at the Università Italiana per Stranieri di Siena, Italian is one of the world's most studied languages. In fact, the number of students studying Italian is almost equal to the number who study Spanish. Both native and non-native speakers have made Italian one of the top 20 most spoken languages in the world. Not bad, considering there are more than 6,000 established languages worldwide.
What are the Benefits of Studying Italian at CSU-Pueblo?
Learning Italian at CSU-Pueblo means studying the dynamic relationship between language and culture. Italian history, literature, politics, cinema, art, design, music, cuisine, etc. are distinguished for their rich contribution to Western civilization. Today Italy has one of the most important economies in the world. Students often study Italian for cultural reasons, study abroad opportunities, but also, to enhance their potential employability. Won’t you consider enrolling in an Italian class this semester and vedi dove ti porta (see where it takes you)!