Italian majors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester of study abroad. It is also recommended, though not required, that majors learn at least one other classical or modern language (preferably Latin or another of the Romance languages), according to their area of interest.
Program In Bologna, Italy
Wesleyan University co-sponsors with Vassar College
and Wellesley College a program in Italy for up to 15 students from each of the
three schools without regard to their choice of major. ITAL102 or the
equivalent of one year of college-level Italian is the prerequisite for
participation. Students may choose to participate in either the fall or
spring semesters, or (optimally) both. For fall or full-year
participants, the program begins with a seven-week (2 credit) intensive
language and culture course that consists of three weeks in Lecce in
the month of August, followed by a short break and then four more weeks in
Bologna before the beginning of the academic year; spring-only participants
will have a similar three-week (1 credit) course in Bologna in January. A
full complement of courses taught in Italian dealing with Italian literature,
history, government, art history and other areas are offered at the program’s
center, taught by faculty from the Universita’ di Bologna and by the program
Qualified students are strongly encouraged to enroll in courses at the Universita’, and thus students with good language skills will have a wide range of fields from which to choose, including economics, government and the natural sciences. All courses carry one Wesleyan credit. Literature courses may count toward the Italian studies major. Courses in other disciplines must be approved for credit toward the major by the appropriate adviso
Cost of the program is approximately equivalent to that of staying on the home campus for the same period, and it includes round-trip air transportation between New York and Italy. Applications for the fall semester are due by March 1, for the spring semester, by October 1, and must be submitted to the Office of International Studies.
Students participating in Wesleyan’s Program in Bologna for any duration may receive credit for four courses. Students attending study abroad programs other than ECCO are required to have those credits reviewed by their advisor before they will be accepted for the major.