Interesting Facts

  • Italy is the world’s seventh largest economy in terms of gross domestic product.
  • On a map, Italy appears as a boot (the mainland) kicking a soccer ball (Sicily).
  • Italians eat hundreds of different types of pasta. They like their pasta "al dente" (literally, “to the tooth”), not "scotta" (“badly cooked”).
  • The Italian word "ciao" (pronounced "chow") means not only “goodbye,” but also “hello.” It originally comes from the Venetian dialect word for “slave.” So when Italians say “hello” and “goodbye,” they are in effect saying, “I am your slave!”

Study Italian Abroad

Through the Multinational Academic Program for Study Abroad (MAP), you can study Italian at a language school in Italy and earn Dallas College credit — without spending a fortune.

The Core Curriculum

In order to be eligible for a bachelor's degree at a Texas public college or university, you must first complete a Core Curriculum of courses.

When completed at Dallas College, the Core Curriculum is guaranteed to transfer as a block to any public university in the state of Texas.

You may apply two Italian courses toward your Core Curriculum requirements:

  • ITAL 1411 or 1412 can be taken to complete the "Tier 1: Speaking and​ Listening" requirement.
  • ITAL 2311 or 2312 can be taken to complete the "Tier 2: Humanity, Creativity and the Aesthetic Experience" requirement.

Actual course offerings vary from semester to semester, so check eConnect or the online course schedules for current course availability.

Concurrent (Noncredit) Enrollment

If you want to take academically rigorous courses in Italian but do not need college credit for them, then you might consider taking our credit Italian courses “concurrently,” i.e., for noncredit.

If you are interested, please contact Brookhaven's Workforce and Continuing Education Division.