ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Italian at Goucher?

Chiaroscuro, pianissimo, stanza… Italian is the language of art, music, and poetry: learning it is an invaluable asset to our Liberal Arts students. It is also one of the few western languages that can be associated with only one country and literary production. Italian is also the closest Romance language to Latin, and given the influence that Latin had on the English language, it is fair to say that knowing Italian also expands knowledge of your own language! Lastly, Italian is the language of a modern and industrialized nation. Despite a changing world and the challenges of increased globalization--inequality and more recently, a huge refugee crisis in the Mediterranean—Italy continues to play an active cultural, political and economic role on the world stage. 

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

The mission of the Center for the Study of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Culture is twofold: to strengthen the liberal arts undergraduate curriculum at Goucher College by providing language programs of broad scope and high quality; and to engage students in the study of compelling transnational issues through the study of the cultural texts produced by other countries. Owing to an innovative pedagogy developed by native speakers, our Italian program allows students to attain basic oral and written proficiency upon completion of IT 130. And since you cannot learn standard Italian without studying Italy’s rich culture and history, cultural competency is considered an essential aspect of the curriculum.


DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Students can chose to fulfil their Foreign Language and Culture requirement by attending a sequence of two or three Italian courses (at both 100 and 200 level), depending on their placement.


Course Curriculum


Elisabetta Girardi

Study Abroad

 Current Study Abroad Destinations

*Landing pages coincide with the study abroad pages for each program

Torino USAC
International business, art and Italian studies

Viterbo USAC
History, art, environmental and Italian studies

Arezzo -Accademia dell’Arte
Dance and Theatre

Firenze SACI
Art history

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.