|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (BA)|
Studying Italian opens the door to a beautiful new world. Italy holds up to 75% of the world’s art treasures, has been home to some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers (Petrarch, Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Leopardi, Gramsci, Montessori), boasts fabulous food, fashion and design, and has a dynamic economy: 3rd in the eurozone and 8th (by nominal GDP) in the world. In this course, you study Italy’s language as well as its rich history and culture: especially literature, cinema, art and theatre. Having fluent Italian is extremely beneficial for the job market; as Italian is less common, you will stand out. You do not need to have studied Italian before; most students of Italian start as beginners.
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Italian has been taught in Trinity since 1776. You join one of the longest traditions of teaching Italian in the world, one which includes alumni like Samuel Beckett and Douglas Hyde. We accept beginners and advanced students. Italians also join our programme; it provides a safe start which opens a gateway to English-speaking economies and excellent job prospects.
Your intensive language courses aim to support you in gaining fluency quickly. You will learn core skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) plus the art of translation. As well as language, you study a wide range of cultural courses. These include novels, poetry, theatre, cinema, art, as well as Italian history and contemporary politics. You can study Italy from medieval times (Dante Boccaccio, Petrarch and Machiavelli) to the 21st century.
Advanced language and communication skills are in high demand – especially here in Ireland, a vibrant knowledge economy which depends on European and international trade. Our graduates develop successful global careers in management, law, journalism, charities, international business, translation, the arts, fashion, tourism, PR, diplomacy, finance, football management, teaching, and banking. Some of our graduates now live and work in Italy, or work in Paris, Brussels, London, New York, and Hong Kong.
You can build quickly on communication and language skills of a language degree, specialising once you are sure of your career direction. A short postgraduate course can take you into advertising, social media management, journalism, law, marketing, teaching, event planning, web development, operations management, research, and so on.
At entry, Italian must be combined with one other subject. In later years you will be able to select additional subjects and electives and will have the option to graduate with Italian as a Single Honors degree, a Joint Honors degree with another subject, or a Major with a Minor.
In first year, you follow an intensive course in Italian language. This includes grammar classes, conversation and listening practice, and learning how to write in Italian and produce basic translations. We provide about eight classroom hours per week, mostly devoted to language learning. You will also be introduced to Italy’s history (including Fascism) and to some literature and cinema. In second year you continue language classes and explore Italy’s rich literary tradition including Dante’s Inferno, as well as modern Italian culture, history and Italian cinema.
The third and fourth year focus on major authors of the medieval, Renaissance and 20th and 21st centuries, as well as contemporary Italian politics and life. You also study optional modules. For 2019, for example, we offered these options: Italian Drama 1470s-1530s, Italian Cinema 1900-2018, Gendered Narratives in 20th Century Italian Literature, The Poetry of Michelangelo and Introduction to Second Language Teaching and Learning
During these years, you strengthen your language proficiency and develop higher-level skills in, text analysis and translation, text editing and writing, as well as spoken production and interaction. In your final year the programme includes advanced modules on Italian language varieties, cultural studies, and key literary texts and films. The final-year dissertation (the Capstone project), allows you to specialise in the area you find most interesting, supported by regular one-to-one meetings with a professor who will share their expertise with you.
At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods: essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Final-year students also write a Capstone project.
A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of the Trinity experience. Immersing yourself in Italian language, culture, life (and sunshine!) is a valuable way of achieving fluency. Single Honors students have a compulsory third year of study abroad and other students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester in their third year in one of our partner universities. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in an Italian-speaking country prior to taking your final exams. We currently have exchange agreements with the Universities of Bologna, Trieste, Pavia, and Rome.