The ability to function in more than one language and culture is an asset in today's global society. In the Italian major, you'll study the Italian language and its manifestations in history as well as cultural studies from the past to the present. Our faculty work closely with students to build an understanding of the relationship between language and culture.

Any language study requires immersion, and we offer study abroad options that support a variety of interests. You can study language in Perugia, learn about business in Milan and Turin, or enhance your understanding of Italian art in Florence. You'll finish the Italian degree with the necessary linguistic and cultural background to pursue prestigious fellowships or attend graduate school in Italian Studies. You'll also gain a foundation of experience to achieve professional goals in the world of business, international relations and education.

The Department of Languages and Literatures at DU offers:

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    Small, interactive classes that allow students ample opportunity to interact with our accomplished instructors

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    Study abroad opportunities around the globe

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    Multiple ways to tie your studies into key out-of-classroom experiences, including service learning, internships and extracurricular activities

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    Access to the support and programs of DU’s Center for World Languages and Cultures

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    Independent study programs and collaboration with faculty members

Degree Requirements

  • To major in Italian, students will need to complete 44 credits beyond ITAL 1003. Four of these 44 credits will be from ITAL 2500 or ITAL 3010. No fewer than eight of these 44 credits will be from 3000-level Italian topics courses. 
  • For distinction in the major you will need to complete a thesis, maintain a cumulative GPA and a major GPA of 3.5. 
  • For the secondary major you will need to complete 44 credit hours. 
  • For the minor you will need to complete 24 credit hours beyond ITAL 1003. 

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Italy.

Step into coursework and extracurriculars that will shape your knowledge of language and culture.

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