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Italian Language Courses

You may have the universe if I may have Italy. -Giuseppi Verdi, 19th Century’s Preeminent Opera Composer

Why Italian?

Italian is the language of opera, fashion and la cucina (the kitchen), with La traviata, Versace and lasagna bolognese among its most applauded. It is spoken by more than 70 million people in the world and was born in the Italian region of Tuscany, which also gave the world Michelangelo Machiavelli and Dante. Its culture is largely focused on food and family, and it is known globally for its wine, cheese and olive oil. But Italy is also a leading exporter of automobiles, engineering products and production machinery, making it a country and a language of both historic prestige and 21st century significance.

Italian Language Courses at Macomb

Macomb’s Italian Language Courses will introduce you to the Italian speaking world in the cultural context in which it exists. Learn vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure in a way that will allow you to communicate and understand what you see and read in trattorias, train stations, museums and the many outdoor markets that can be found throughout this agriculturally rich country. Each course builds upon the other, expanding on your knowledge of Italian language and culture so that you may successfully engage native Italian speakers in a conversation, as well as read and write effectively. The Italian Language Courses are:

  • Elementary Italian 1
  • Elementary Italian 2
  • Intermediate Italian 1
  • Intermediate Italian 2

Career Opportunities for those studying the Italian Language

Career opportunities for those who have mastered a second language are found in education, government, international business, and as a language translator/interpreter.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Italian Language Courses transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan, including those that offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Italian.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Italian Language Courses?

For more information on Macomb’s Italian Language Courses, contact the Associate Dean, Humanities at South: 586.445.7251,
or at Center: 586.286.2282,,

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