About the Program
The Italian program focuses on the acquisition of fluency in speaking, reading, and translating Italian. This is accomplished through courses during the academic year or through an intensive Italian language class, which includes a month of study in Taormina, Italy, in June. The student then selects an area of specialization, and plans, in collaboration with a faculty adviser and other program faculty members, an individual multidisciplinary curriculum.
The course of study offered by Bard’s Italian Studies Program provides students with the tools to engage in a profound and meaningful way with different cultures, and to examine our own culture—with its challenges, inequalities, and changing values—from a new perspective. As Italy is a melting pot of cultural activity, our goal is to forge dialogue and open lines of communication. We strive to enhance the diversity and accessibility of our classes and curriculum, and welcome all members of the community to be part of the conversation.