College Catalog: 2013-2014

Salameno School of American and International Studies (SSAIS): Italian

World Languages
Convening Group

Website: Salameno School of American and International Studies

Study Abroad


About the Minor

Italian language students at Ramapo work in small classes and receive close, individualized attention and encouragement from their professors. In addition, technical support and personal assistance are available in the Electronic Learning Facility (ELF). The Electronic Learning Facility is a ultra-modern lab where, leading-edge technology allows interactive communications around the world.

In all our courses, Italian language is used as often as possible. Classes are conducted with an emphasis on oral communication, but writing, reading and the study of grammar are fully incorporated in our methodology. The appropriate sequence of courses enables a student to acquire a degree of fluency in the language and some insight into the diverse cultural aspects of the countries where the language is spoken.

Additional materials are inserted in the general syllabus in order to motivate the students to participate effectively in their language acquisition. Cultural features are conveyed in order to present an authentic image of the language community. Texts, documents and other materials are presented with a global perspective, and stimulate honest, critical thinking among students on moral, social, political and economic values. Students are able to enroll in civilization, advanced conversation, cinema, business, or independent study courses.

In today’s world, communication of all kinds is of paramount importance. The ability to speak to business associates in their own language both here and abroad can turn awkward and difficult relationships into success stories. World Languages students at Ramapo will learn functional skills that will make them proficient and culturally aware in many areas where language is used such as international affairs, business, multi-national corporations, international trade, import/export, education and culture.

The World Language faculty at Ramapo have native fluency in the language they teach and are familiar with the latest language instruction techniques and technology. They are prepared to support their students through demanding but rewarding courses.

Requirements of the Minor
  1. Students are required to take 5 courses (20 credits) to complete this minor.
  2. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.

Students may take literature courses on Italian topics in English or International Studies and count them toward the minor by completing all required coursework in Italian.

* Students whose proficiency places them in Intermediate II or higher may complete the five courses required for the minor by taking upper level courses. Information on placement, STAMP, and CLEP and NYU testing is available at the Testing Site.

* Students seeking credits for study abroad courses must get approval from world language conveners prior to travel.

Students with prior expertise in Italian studies may petition for credit by taking the C.L.E.P. test or may complete the five courses required in the minor by taking upper level courses.