The University of St. Thomas offers a three-course sequence in the Italian language: ITAL 111, 112, and 211. The sequence provides a solid foundation in speaking, listening, writing and reading Italian, as well as the cultural knowledge necessary to travel and communicate in Italy today. In addition to fulfilling the Language and Culture core requirement, the courses are excellent preparation for studying abroad in Italy through UST or other programs, traveling, or just enhancing your appreciation of an ancient, diverse and beautiful country.
- Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country – 45!
- Standard Italian spoken throughout Italy today originated in Florence in the 14th century with Dante’s Divine Comedy.
- Italian cuisine is one of the most popular in the world but also extremely diverse: every region and city has its own specialties and unique products.
- Italian is the language most often used for musical notation, and opera, the piano and violin all originated in Italy.
- Famous Italian explorers include: Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Matteo Ricci and Amerigo Vespucci - to name just a few!
- St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine of Siena, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Maria Montessori all spoke Italian!