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Italian Language

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Beyond words

If you’ve ever seen a musical score, you might’ve wondered where words like adagio (slowly) and allegro (lively) came from.   

They’re Italian verbs, which goes to show you that Italy’s cultural heritage goes way beyond Michelangelo.

Learning another language can lead to understanding in other areas as well, a plus in any career you’re considering. And the credits you’ll earn in our courses will transfer legato (smoothly) if you’re considering earning a bachelor’s degree.

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Italian Language

Ciao Bella!

That literally means “goodbye (or hello) beautiful” in Italian but it’s a common phrase between friends from Milan to Rome, and all the quaint villages in between.

In our courses you’ll learn the Italian you need to order a pizza in a trattoria, buy a ticket at a train station or ask for two (that’s due in Italian) artichokes from a farmer at an outdoor market.

You’ll also learn not to touch the produce in Italy before you buy it!

That’s because our courses build upon each other and are taught by faculty proficient in Italian language and culture, including some who are native speakers.

For a complete list of courses, visit the College Catalog.


Contact an associate dean at either 586.445.7251,, or 586.286.2282,, for more information about our Italian Language courses.