We applaud your decision to study Italian at Duke. Italian is the language of many of history's most illustrious poets, artists, and musicians. Italy has given the world unsurpassed works of art, architecture, urban planning and industrial design, as well as influential film, fashion and gastronomy. Italy has a population of nearly 60 million and is among the seven nations with the highest gross national product. There are more World Heritage Monuments in Italy than in any other country and it is the top tourist destination in the world. 19 Italians have been awarded Nobel prizes in literature and science. 15 million Americans trace their heritage to Italy and millions of Italians are descendents of immigrants who returned home after years in America. By studying Italian you will gain passage into this world of beauty, culture and history.