Centuries of history and culture on the Italian peninsula paved the way for future civilizations—quite literally. Ancient Rome was the epicenter of innovative architecture (paved roads) and republican government. It’s no wonder that the culture and its modern language are so valuable; it’s the cradle of Western civilization.

Why Italian at Sewanee?

Italian language and culture are taught in a full-immersion classroom, where you will work toward gaining proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening over as many as four semesters of study. You’ll also have access to the Italian House, an immersive housing option on campus. In the fourth semester, you’ll be introduced to Italian poetry, theater, or prose alongside a review of advanced grammar topics. At Sewanee, your Italian studies will be excellent preparation for a trip abroad—an experience steeped in food, fashion, design, and art.

A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study

Requirements for the Minor in Italian


Stephen B. Raulston
Professor of Spanish


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