Not only a hub of industry and trade, Italy is also one of the top five vacation destinations in the world. Italian is the language of popes, poets, artists, and entrepreneurs. Beautiful and useful, Italian is also one of the languages that the Foreign Service Institute ranks as easy to learn for native English speakers.

About the Foreign Language Area Study Undergraduate Certificate - Italian

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Develop competencies and familiarity with the basic Italian language
  • Gain knowledge of Italian traditions, customs, history, and culture
  • Understand how to function appropriately and effectively in Italy

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Interview a fluent Italian speaker about a topic and then present a spoken presentation
  • Visit a historical Italian city and learn about its history, from the early origins to the present
  • Create a timeline and annotated bibliography in the class and write a sample press release on a current Italian topic

Foreign Language Area Study Undergraduate Certificate - Italian Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • ITAL 111
  • ITAL 112
  • ITAL 211
    or Italian Area Studies course
  • ITAL 212
    or Italian Area Studies course

Related Area Studies Courses (6 credits)

Choose from related courses in Italian culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics

Some examples follow:

  • Any ITAL course(s)
  • ITAL 333
  • HIST 141
  • HIST 142
  • HIST 217F
  • HIST 317K
  • HIST 337

Overall Certificate Requirements

Common Certificate Requirements

  • You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You must complete a total of 18 credits, including at least 9 credits with UMGC.
  • You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses. Certificate courses may not be taken as pass/fail.
  • At least half of the total credits you use for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • You may not use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate. In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate may be earned through credit by examination, prior-learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.