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 Italian Studies @ CUA

For advising in Italian or other questions:
Contact Dr. Stefania Lucamante


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Italian Studies at CUA


  News and Events

Samantha Janazzo, Italian Studies Major, Class of 2016

Today we got news from our students Marco Ahern and Alessandro Koshakji who are having a blast spending their semester abroad in Rome! They are saying CIAO to all of us from the roof top of the Mole Antonelliana in Torino!Grazie ragazzi! Che bella la nostra Italia! Buona permanenza e continuate a studiare l’italiano!

Tanner Jackson, Italian Studies Major 2017, now lives in Ireland and is waiting to enter Law School

Italian Mass with the Italian Club, by Viola Lohsen


We met in front of the Metro stop Sunday morning at 10:00— the perfect time, neither too early nor too late in the day—in order to travel to Mass together. We arrived at Holy Rosary Church shortly after, and I was impressed by its beauty. The old stone church seemed immensely solid and sure, and I was reminded of the two thousand years of sturdy tradition for which it stood.

Having Mass in Italian reminded me of the tradition of the Church as well. The Pope’s Masses in Vatican City, within the eternal city of Rome, must sound just the same as the one we attended, although perhaps with grander music.

As far as music is concerned, the songs during Mass were all beautiful indeed; the Italian language seems well-suited to song. Many pieces were familiar, and I was able to understand what most of the verses of every song meant by a combination of context and known vocabulary from Italian 101. Excitingly (for myself at least), I was also able to understand the cantor when she directed what pages in the hymnal we ought to turn to and I was then able to follow along and sing the Italian hymns!

The priest spoke quickly during his homily, but, perhaps thanks again to context clues (or perhaps even to helpful hand gestures), I found I could comprehend the central theme of his homily. The message of the homily was that one should not compartmentalize their life into “religion” and “work,” but rather live as one person with God as a key part of everything.

Finally, I learned some new vocabulary like “pace,” “peace,” and “agnello,” “lamb.” I was also able to see some lezione 4 words in context, such as “dopo,” “ogni,” “credere,” “settimana,” and “domenica,” to reference only a few.

The experience of being immersed in a language and struggling to understand, even for just one hour of Mass, is an impactful one. I am excited for the day when I may be able to attend Italian Mass again, and not only understand bits and pieces, but the entirety of the Mass.   


speed dating" in Italian

Here are some of our Italian 101 students "speed dating" in Italian. 

Senior Liana Tufariello, recently selected by the Teach for America program, tells us about her experience as an Italian Studies Minor.
  Throughout my four years at CUA, I was extremely blessed to be an Italian Studies minor. I not only furthered my Italian language skills, but I also enhanced my knowledge of Italian culture and history. Some of my closest friends and best mentors have been made through my classes for the Italian Studies minor. While I always maintained a busy schedule at CUA, I was always certain to enroll for Italian classes, as they happened to be my favorite courses each semester.
  The Italian Studies minor not only helped me academically, but also in the work place. As the lead Italian tutor for the Center for Academic Success, I was able to practice and apply my language and cultural skills every day with my own students. I am thrilled that I was not only able to expand my own knowledge, but also spread my enthusiasm to my students, and enhance their knowledge of the Italian language.
  After graduation, I will be working and living in New York, where I plan to converse in Italian with Italian American residents. While I have yet to visit Italy, I plan on taking a trip to visit my great friend, who I met through the Italian Studies program.
  I am extremely fortunate to have been informed of the Italian Studies program, and I am infinitely grateful for the people I have met and the knowledge I have gained throughout my experiences as an Italian Studies minor.


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