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. The core courses zero in on Italian language and culture, while the supporting courses cover various disciplines such as film, art, and history.

Italian language students enrolled in 100-level courses benefit from free access to an innovative new textbook. To ease the growing financial burden of course materials and to render the linguistic and cultural aspects of la bella lingua as accessible as possible, Prof. Carlo Annelli wrote Figurati! An Economical Approach to Elementary Italian exclusively for Truman students.

Figurati! An Economical Approach to Elementary Italian

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.

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.

Italian Studies Minor Committee

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

Romance Language House


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