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From ancient Rome to the European Union, Italy has always been at the core of the humanist tradition and the heart of world affairs. A degree in Italian offers a broad-based humanities education with crucial skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, and intercultural communication useful for any number of pursuits after college. Our majors have gone on to career paths in teaching, government, and business both in the US and abroad. Others have enrolled in prestigious graduate programs in linguistics, literature, and law.
DePaul’s Italian program gives students the opportunity to attain advanced language proficiency while studying all aspects of Italian literature and culture. Topics of our regular course offerings include:
- Language and Culture
- History and Politics
- Food and Wine
Students expand upon the fundamental skills learned in the Italian core by choosing one of three concentrations: Italian Studies, Italian Language and Literature, and Commercial Italian. DePaul majors in world language education, management, marketing, environmental studies, history of art and architecture, international studies, political science and many other disciplines often choose to double major in Italian.
Each Fall DePaul’s study abroad program in Rome offers students the opportunity to study at Italiaidea, a small, student-centered language institute with a superb record and reputation for high quality instruction, and at St. John’s University campus in Rome, a university, like DePaul, driven by its Vincentian mission. Students can also spend a semester or year in Milan through DePaul's partnership with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The Italian Program has a chapter of the National Italian Honor Society Gamma Kappa Alpha and routinely partners with Italian agencies, businesses, and community organizations to offer its students quality internship opportunities locally and abroad. Home to one of the largest Italian-American communities in the US, Chicago also offers a dazzling array of resources—the Italian Cultural Institute, museums, galleries, film centers, restaurants and cafés—that allow students to immerse themselves in Italian language and culture right here in the city.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||84|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Proficiently speak, understand, read, and write the studied language(s) to:
- Engage in conversations.
- Interpret and create a variety of written texts.
- Provide and obtain information
- Express feelings and emotions.
- Exchange opinions.
- Acquire knowledge of the cultures related to the studied language(s) with appropriate background in geography, history, politics, and society.
- Acquire knowledge of the literary traditions related to the studied language(s) along with techniques of literary and rhetorical analysis.
- Acquire basic notion of the history and theory of language and language study, including linguistics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and dialectology.
- Acquire basic notion of the theory and practice of translation and interpretation.
College Core Requirements
Study in the Major Field
The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.
The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.
Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration.
Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.
Declaration of Major, Minor and Concentration
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)
All students will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language (i.e., a language other than English) equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. This Modern Language Requirement (MLR) may be demonstrated by:
- placing into 104 or above on the DePaul language placement exam
- completing the last course or earning AP/IB credit for the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language (e.g. 103 for DePaul language classes)
- completing a college course or earning AP/IB credit for a college course beyond the first-year level in any language (e.g. 104 or above for DePaul language classes)
- completing the final course of a four-year sequence of the same modern language in high school*
- completing a proctored exam by BYU and passing the exam (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
- completing a proctored Written Proficiency Test (WPT) by Language Testing International (LTI) and achieving a score of Beginner High or above (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
*Students are strongly encouraged to take the DePaul language placement exam even if they have met the MLR via study of a language in high school. This will ensure continuation of language study at the proper level.
Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College will abide by the MLR in place on the effective date of the ICT, regardless of when they first matriculated at DePaul.
Students who have met the MLR and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” (see below).
The Modern Language Option (MLO)
The Modern Language Option is available to all BA students who wish to study a modern language beyond the level required by their College, and to all other undergraduate students without a modern language requirement who wish to study a language at any level.
Students selecting the MLO may substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.
The three MLO substitutions must be made in three different domains, and any substitutions must be consistent with the principle that students complete at least one course in each learning domain.
MLO substitutions may not be used to replace the Scientific Inquiry—Lab or Scientific Inquiry—Science as a Way of Knowing requirement.
Students majoring in one modern language may use the Modern Language Option for study of a second language at the Intermediate level or above.
NOTE: Please contact your college/school regarding additional information and restrictions about the Modern Language Option.
External Credit and Residency
A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|LSP 121||QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
- 1 Course Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]
- 3 Courses Required
A student whose only major is in Modern Languages is required to complete the Capstone offered by the Department of Modern Languages (MOL). A student who is double majoring (or pursuing dual degrees) with the primary major (or primary degree) in MOL may substitute the Capstone of the secondary major or degree. An MOL major in the University Honors Program shall take only the University Honors Capstone, not both the Honors Capstone and the MOL Capstone.
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
Majors in Italian must complete a total of 12 advanced courses (48 quarter hours), comprised of a common 8-course core and a 4-course concentration in Italian Studies, Italian Language and Literature, or Commercial Italian.
Core Courses (32 quarter hours)
|ITA 201||ADVANCED COMMUNICATION I||4|
|ITA 202||ADVANCED COMMUNICATION II||4|
|ITA 203||ADVANCED COMMUNICATION III||4|
|Select five 300-level ITA courses *||20|
Students who begin their study of Italian at DePaul with ITA 202 or higher may substitute a 300-level Italian elective course for any of the required 200-level courses. 300-level courses will vary based on quarterly offerings.
300-Level Italian Course Listings*
|ORIGINS OF ITALIAN LITERATURE: THE MIDDLE AGES|
|MASTERPIECES OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE|
|LITERATURE AND SCIENCE IN ITALY: 1600-1800|
|ITALIAN CIVILIZATION I: THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE|
|TOWARDS UNIFICATION: ROMANTICS, REVOLUTIONARIES, AND REALISTS|
|FUTURISM AND BEYOND: TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITERS AND CULTURE|
|DANTE'S INFERNO: THE WORLD OF THE CONDEMNED|
|DANTE'S PURGATORY AND PARADISE: THE REALM OF SALVATION|
|THE ITALIAN NOVEL|
|PETRARCA AND BOCCACCIO|
|ITALIAN WOMEN WRITERS|
|CONTEMPORARY MULTICULTURAL WRITERS IN ITALIAN|
|CILS EXAMINATION PREPARATION COURSE|
|ITALIAN FOR BUSINESS|
|ITALIAN CIVILIZATION II: EARLY MODERN ITALY|
|ITALIAN CIVILIZATION III: MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ITALY|
|HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE|
|ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN THE SOCIETY OF COMMUNICATION|
|ITALIAN PHONOLOGY AND PHONETICS|
|FOREIGN LANGUAGES ACROSS THE CURRICULUM|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN ITALIAN|
Additional Domain Course Listings
|EAT ITALY: THE HISTORY, CULTURE AND POLITICS OF ITALIAN FOOD (SCBI)|
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. Majors in Italian should select these courses in consultation with the Italian Program Director and Modern Languages Staff Advisor. Students can use their open electives to pursue a double major or one or more minors.
Concentrations, tracks and specializations provide focus to the major. In addition to any college core requirements, liberal studies requirements and major requirements, students are required to choose one of the following:
Each of these concentrations allows Italian majors to develop their broad intercultural communicative skills through a rigorous interdisciplinary education tailored to their academic and professional interests. While the course listings for each concentration are not exhaustive, they represent a substantial sampling of courses from around the university that can be applied toward the respective concentrations. Students are encouraged to meet regularly with the Italian Program Director and the Modern Languages staff advisor to discuss elective course options for whichever concentration they choose. Other relevant courses may count as electives for the concentrations with consultation/permission of the Italian Program Director.