For centuries, the artistic and intellectual accomplishments of the people of the Italian peninsulain painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, music, political theory, philosophy, and theologyhave been celebrated and carefully studied.  The interdisclipinary minor in Italian studies increases familiarity with that remarkable legacy.



A central focus of the minor is on the several major cultural traditions of the Mediterranean world —the Greco-Roman, Judaeo-Christian, and Islamic traditions—that were inherited and refashioned by Italians of the medieval, Renaissance, and modern eras.

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Every student's selection of courses is specific to his or her particular interests in Italian history and culture.

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Professors from the departments of art, foreign languages and literatures, history, government and law, music, philosophy, and religious studies comprise the core faculty in the program.

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Study Abroad

In the belief that a true understanding of Italian history and culture is aided by direct experience of Italy, the program recommends that, if possible, students in the minor have an experience in Florence, Rome, or elsewhere in Italy.

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Contact Us

Anthony Cummings
Program Chair
201 Williams Center for the Arts
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 330-5823
(610) 330-5058 (fax)