What will I learn?

The major in Italian offers students the opportunity to master skills of language acquisition and literary and cultural knowledge as cross-cultural communicative competence while developing multicultural awareness of Italian speakers in Italy and around the world. Our program prepares students to think critically and to develop advanced reading comprehension skills and allows them to gain knowledge of Italian language, literature, film and culture.


The major sequences begin with Italian 250 and 251 (Advanced Conversation and Composition) and with Italian 270 and 271 (Introduction to the Study of Italian Literature and Culture). Stu-dents then complete the required Italian 312 (Dante and the Divine Comedy) and 5 additional Italian courses at the 300-level among courses including engaged learning Ital 395 Internship courses offered both in Chicago and at the JFRC Rome center. Students are required to complete a major E-Portfolio.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Show intermediate to advanced proficiency in speaking, understanding, reading and writing
  • Demonstrate literary knowledge of both Italian historical contexts and Italian poetry and prose literary forms
  • Show knowledge of contemporary Italian society (in Italy) and Italian cultural life (in Italy and elsewhere) including knowledge of how the films of leading Italian and Italian American directors reflect changing concepts of Italianate’ (Italian-ness)
  • Understand the principle characteristics which define Italian culture
  • Examine, describe and analyze numerous cultural expressions in order analyze key elements of Italian cultural identity and make cross-cultural, intercultural comparisons
  • Establish connections between literature, film, and society in Italian culture
  • Foster a lifelong interest and enthusiasm for the study of Italian language, literature and culture

Professional use

  • Government and non-profit organizations
  • Foreign Service
  • International business
  • International law
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Tourism and hospitality industry
  • Study abroad careers
  • Translation

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$46,410.00 per year
USD $23,205 per semester for 12 to 21 hours; USD $365 for Over 21 hours, additionally per credit hour
Start date

18 January 2022, 29 August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1032 W. Sheridan Road,

Sullivan Center 235,



60660, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a secondary and high school.

For international students

Students must have a high school or secondary school completion from an institution you have attended. Also students must have the following scores,

  • A minimum score of 79 is required for the TOEFL
  • A minimum score of 6.5 for IELTS

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.