“I love the language itself,” said Sara Spittler ’15, an Italian major in the College of Arts and Letters. “It’s so beautiful, and I’ve never really studied another language that I could speak and feel comfortable in, so that just gives me a whole new sense of confidence and that I feel is really important in a college education.”
The Italian major in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures incorporates language acquisition with immersion into the culture and literature of Italy. Students become proficient in the cultural vocabulary of Western civilization while developing advanced skills in critical thinking and analysis.
In spring 2014, Spittler studied abroad in Bologna, Italy, which she said was an amazing experience.
“It really was exactly what I was looking for in becoming a full part of the Italian culture,” she said.
Spittler then moved to Rome for the summer, interning with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in Vatican City, funded by the R. Stephen and Ruth Barrett Family Grant from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
“It helped me realize where my passions lie and what I want to be doing with my future," she said.
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