Italian Program

Welcome to the Italian Program

Over 60 million people worldwide speak Italian as their native language. Italian is a language of vital cultural, commercial, and political importance. Italy is known worldwide for its history, art history, architecture and literature. Italy is also famous for design and style. In addition, since the 1980’s Italy is one of the world's largest consumer markets and industrial producers.

Add an Italian Minor to your degree and add Italian language skills to your resume. You will become more interesting to employers in all kinds of fields.

Come Explore the Italian Program:

 

A Minor in Italian consists of 18-20 credit hours above the elementary language level. Students complete 12 credit hours of core language courses at the intermediate (2000) and advanced (3000) level. After completion of these language requirements, students take 6-8 credit hours of elective courses at the 3000 level. If the elective courses are taught in English they must be accompanied by a one-hour additional Italian language component in order to count toward the minor. Students who place out of the 6 credit hours of Intermediate Language courses must replace those  6 credit hours with 6 credit hours of elective courses. The exciting elective courses include such topics as Italian Culture and Civilization, History of Italian Film, Italian Mafia through Cinema, Cinema and Migration across the Mediterranean Sea through Italian Cinema, Topics on Translation.

Adding an Italian Minor improves your marketability. Career possibilities include:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Translation & Interpretation
  • Foreign Service
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Intelligence
  • Business
  • Journalism

Please see here a detailed list of courses and requirements for the Italian Minor or contact your advisor, Professor Daniela Dal Pra. 

UNC Charlotte students have many opportunities to study abroad in Italy. You can choose a faculty-led program over Spring break for example to explore the Venete with the program La Serenissima, or spend four weeks with architecture, language, and art history faculty in Rome with the interdisciplinary Summer in Rome program. You can also choose to study in Italy for the semester or the academic year.  These programs are designed for students with a passion for Italian language and culture, and those who plan to accelerate their language skills and cultural understanding during their  stay in Italy. 

For more information see the study abroad opportunities we offer on the website of the Office of Education Abroad and start finding YOUR PROGRAM now or contact the Italian Coordinator, Daniela Cunico Dal Pra.


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Daniela Cunico Dal Pra
Laura Pagani
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