LMU's minor in Italian introduces students to the rich, complex culture of Italy, first by providing them with basic linguistic skills in the Italian language and subsequently by familiarizing them with important literary works produced in Italy over the centuries as well as historically significant films. The minor consists of 20 semester hours taken above Italian 2. Students who have not previously studied Italian and who wish to declare a minor in Italian are advised to begin their study of the language in their freshman year.