Ten Reasons to Learn Italian by Dr. Barbara Carle

  1. Italy has one of the longest uninterrupted literary traditions in the world. The language of Dante's Divine Comedy helps you speak today’s Italian.
  2. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations) most of the world's cultural heritage sites are in Italy. The Coliseum is just the first of a long list of extraordinary monuments over 2000 years old!Roma.jpg
  3. Italian has the highest number of words for describing food! Pasta, al dente, amaro, pizza, mozzarella, parmigiana, spaghettata, buon appetito and so on...
  4. If you like arts, music, design, architecture, opera, food, soccer, Formula l racing, here is the entrance language. Knowing Italian is key to several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior, fashion, graphic & furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment...
  5. Italy has one of the strongest economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including Chrysler, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, and Citibank. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S.
  6. The Italian language is the closest to Latin, the common ancestor of all Romance languages. An estimated 50 percent or more of the English vocabulary comes directly from Latin. Knowing Italian may help improve your scores in English, Political Science, and many other fields.
  7. Truly appreciate the powerful films of some of the greatest directors of all time, Fellini, Visconti, De Sica, Rossellini, Pasolini...
  8. Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world perhaps because...
  9. Italian is recognized universally as one of the most beautiful languages on the planet. After all where did the Renaissance begin?
  10. Why do you think Mozart, one of the greatest musical minds of all time (an Austrian by birth whose first language was German), composed most of his operas in Italian?

Italian Minor Description

The Italian program offers its students a strong foundation in Italian language, literature, cinema, and civilization. Students who concentrate on Italian studies may teach in secondary schools, be admitted to graduate school, work in translating and interpreting firms, or work at the national or international level for Italian firms or American firms dealing with Italy. Statistics show that Sacramento State graduates are in graduate programs, are teaching Italian, or are working in international programs, using their preparation from the Sacramento State Italian program.

Catalog & Requirements (some courses subject to change)

Italian Minor Course Overview & Catalog

Margaret E. Lavezzo Memorial Italy Travel Scholarship

This annual scholarship provides $2500 to a student with a declared minor in Italian for the purpose of studying abroad in Italy. Awarded once every academic year. Available to Sophmores, Juniors & Seniors.

Scholarship Info

Spring 2019 Schedule (subject to change)

Course Section Course Description Room Mtg. Days Start & End Time Instructor Syllabus
ITAL 1A 01 Beginning Italian

EUR 103









ITAL 1B* 01 Elementary Italian

MRP 2032









ITAL 1B* 02 Elementary Italian


ITAL 2B 01 Intermediate Italian

SLN 2004









ITAL 104A 01 Intro to Italian Cinema I WEB/ONLINE TBA CARLE


ITAL 131 01 Italian Renaissance/Western Civ. MRP 2032 MW 5:30-6:30PM CARLE SYLLABUS
ITAL 199 01 Special Probs. TBA TBA TBA CARLE N/A

*Fulfills Sacramento State Foreign Language Graduation Requirement

Faculty Office Hours - Spring 2019

Instructor Status Email Office Hours
Dr. Barbara Carle

Area Head Minor Advisor  MON/TUES/WEDS 2-3PM
Alba Boyer Part-Time Faculty