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The department offers numerous language, literature, and film courses taught in the language of study. Students of Italian are encouraged to spend one or two semesters of their junior year in Italy with the Vassar-Wellesley-Wesleyan Program in Bologna, or in other Italian locations. The department also endorses an independent summer program at the University of Siena, Italy. Options include the major and a correlate sequence. A senior project is a prerequisite for honors.