Italian Studies Minor

Study Across Disciplines

Gain an in-depth appreciation of Italian language, culture, and civilization. The rediscovery of Roman civilization was one of the most important aspects of the Renaissance, which began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe. By studying classical Italian culture, you acquire an understanding of key historical periods in the formation of Italian civilization and get a better perspective on our modern culture as well.

A minor in Italian Studies pairs well with any major —  whether you’re in business, communication, medicine, education, or many other professional fields. Or perhaps you’d just like to pursue a personal interest. The core courses zero in on Italian language and culture, while the supporting courses broaden your perspective, offering choices in various disciplines such as film, art and history.

Get Involved

Live on campus in the Romance Language House, a special wing within Missouri Hall reserved for students studying Spanish, French, Italian, or Portuguese.  Join the Italian language conversation table (Tavola italiana) for weekly meetings in Missouri Hall. And meet other Romance language speakers who get together for dinner.

Hear from Alumni

Truman’s official Italian Club, C.I.A.O. (Club for Italian Appreciation and Outreach) plans events including guest speakers from Italy, cultural trivia nights, Italian games, informational sessions about study abroad opportunities in Italy. For more information on what we’re up to, see our newsletter or email to join our mailing list.

As an Italian language student, you can participate in a pen-pal exchange with Italian high school and university students. Over the course of the semester, students enrolled in 100-level courses participate in a series of guided email exchanges on a specific set of cultural and grammar topics. Pen pals are encouraged to continue their conversations by email and Skype outside of class as well, and intermediate language students can also participate in the program. The students created the following video: Un tour virtuale della Truman

Italian Studies Minor Committee

For more information, please contact the chair or a committee member:

Romance Language House


Languages at Truman


January 21, 2020

Shortly before winter break, MAE student Ian Crane and pre-MAE students Zyanya Hernandez and Adrianna Ovalle worked at ATSU to help in patient simulations in Spanish.  Accompanied by their advisor, Dr. Stacy Davis (CML/ED), these future Bulldog language instructors had a great time building cross-campus and community connections. Keep up the good work!!

Dr. Viguier and senior French student Michael Moore presented at the ACTFL ConventionDr. Viguier and senior French student Michael Moore presented at the ACTFL Convention

December 2, 2019

From November 22 to November 24, Dr. Audrey Viguier and senior French major Michael Moore traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference’s (ACTFL) annual convention and world languages expo. ACTFL is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages […]

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