Be immersed in Italian language and culture

Become a confident writer, reader, listener and speaker in Italian.

We take a content-based approach to learning language at Susquehanna. So you'll take classes on the Italian economy or Mafia in Italian literature—taught entirely in Italian.

With our small classes and low student-to-teacher ratio, you'll get plenty of one-on-one attention as you work toward fluency.

We strive to create an Italian-speaking community in and out of the classroom. Chat with fellow students and an Italian Fulbright fellow at weekly language tables, enjoy dinner at an Italian restaurant with your class, or catch an Italian movie with our Italian Club.

Flexible study abroad options in Italy

Through our award-winning global opportunities (GO) program, you can choose to study in Italy for a whole semester or just a few weeks.

Spend a semester connecting with native speakers in study abroad programs in Siena, Ferrara and other Italian cities. You'll live with host families, make long-lasting friendships, do internships and take courses in a broad array of disciplines.

We also offer a shorter program studying language and culture in the northern city of Ferrara.

Either way, you'll bring back firsthand knowledge of Italian culture and a grasp of the language only achieved through immersion.

A host of possibilities

Mastering Italian will increase your marketability in fields in which Italy is a world economic leader, including the culinary arts, fashion, tourism, art and more. Adding one of our interdisciplinary minors, like applied linguistics and international studies, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

An Italian minor can make you more competitive when pursuing careers in business, the arts, education, politics, government, publishing, research, and many others.

Recent graduates have gone to graduate school at:

Columbia University
George Washington University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland
Villanova University
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Fulbright Scholars Program

Recent graduates are employed at:

Bayer AG
Billings Bilingual LLC
Congressional Quarterly Inc.
Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps)
Moravian Academy
Teach for America
United Nations
Villanova Theatre at Villanova University
Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia

Minor in French, German, Italian or Spanish. Students minoring in French, German, Italian or Spanish complete, with grades of C- or better, 16 semester hours above 201. Students placed at the 300 level complete 12 semester hours at the 300 level with grades of C- or better.

Daryl M. Rodgers, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of Italian

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4693

Martina Kolb, Ph.D.

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Associate Professor of German

Amanda S. Meixell, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of Spanish

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4258

Lynn E. Palermo, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of French

Li E

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Assistant Professor of Chinese

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4603

Walfrido Dorta

Department: Modern Languages
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Megan L. Kelly, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4267

Greg Severyn

Department: Modern Languages
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Dena Isleem

Department: Modern Languages
Adjunct Faculty in Arabic

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4176

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Study Abroad Opportunities


Get to know the real Italy while taking a broad range of courses including food science and Italian cinema in this Renaissance town.

Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento

Take a variety of courses including archeology, art history, and volcanology in an impressive historic structure perched on the cliffs of the Amalfi coast.

Siena Italian Studies

With service-learning and internship opportunities as well as homestays, you'll get a full-immersion experience surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

Santa Reparata International School of Art

Drawing, history of painting or fabric design are features of this program in Florence.


An optional Italian immersion program combined with trips to Rome, Assissi and La Verna.


Study architecture, anthropology and Italian politics in the City of Seven Hills.

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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Daryl Rodgers, department head

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