Undergraduate Italian Minor Hidden
The minor in Italian at the University of Illinois offers students an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Italy in a larger Mediterranean, European and global context. With professors, lecturers and a team of graduate students from the United States and Italy, all of whom are committed to undergraduate education, we are able to offer not simply a series of courses in Italian Studies, but a major and minor where studentsget to know the faculty and instructors personally. Study abroad is not required, but is often a rewarding and significant part of the minor in Italian Studies at Illinois (it is, in fact, sometimes possible to complete a minor while studying abroad).
Students minoring in Italian need to complete just five courses beyond the basic language sequence. In addition to its other course offerings, the program specializes in three areas, both at an introductory level and for more advanced students: film and visual culture, literature, and cultural history. For details about the minor, see here [http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/las/academic-units/french-italian/italian-minor/].
The minor in Italian Studies strongly emphasizes skills that are valuable for our student’s future careers, but also for their future as global citizens, and their life of the mind: extensive knowledge of a foreign language; strong written and verbal communication skills; cultural and cross-cultural knowledge and understanding; and critical thinking skills.