Minor in Italian and Italian American Studies

Why Minor in Italian and Italian American Studies?

Add a minor in Italian and Italian American Studies to your major and more professional opportunities will open up for you! Employers in the fields of business, law, communication, fashion, tourism (among others) seek for candidates who are proficient in one (or more!) foreign language and culture. Job interviewers will value your open-mindedness, your ability to read analytically and think critically, your knowledge of history and understanding of Italian culture and society in its development. Our courses expose students to the most innovative critical, analytical, and theoretical approaches in Italian studies today, providing a solid foundation for advanced and postgraduate studies. Students report that their training in Italian significantly enhanced their professional and academic opportunities.

Remember that if you complete a major in Teacher Education, you can teach Italian too! All you need to do to get an endorsement in Italian, is to earn 20 credit hours in the subject matter beyond 104 and take the content exam in Italian. Schools tend to hire candidates who can teach more than one subject/language. Consider adding a minor in Italian especially if you are a major in the Teaching of Spanish, French, German. Questions? Contact Professor Inma Taboada.

UIC Italian minors enjoy talking to their Italian friends at UIC, in Chicago and overseas. They are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities the UIC Study Abroad Office [(312) 996-0919] offers to study in Italy, and eventually find jobs for which their understanding of Italian society in a global context is an asset.

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Advising

Degree Requirements

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions


Advising

Below please find a detailed description of the requirements for the minor in Italian and Italian American Studies. All incoming and continuing minors must schedule an advising session with the Italian Academic Advisor. They will open and maintain your student file, check your DARS report and make sure you are complying with LAS and department requirements, advise you regarding available courses, and revise study abroad equivalencies.

TBA, Italian, Academic Advisor
Tel: (312) 996-3366
Office: 3rd Floor UH LAS Advisor Center

For further information regarding the Italian minor, the specific content of courses, and advise regarding study abroad programs please contact the Director of Italian Undergraduate Studies, Professor Chiara Fabbian.

Degree Requirements

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Italian and Italian American Studies must complete 19 semester hours as outlined below:

Required Courses Hours
ITAL 104 or the equivalent 4
Two of the following three courses: 6
ITAL 200—Italian in Practice* (3 hrs.)  
ITAL 201—Exploring Italy: Introduction to Writing and Critical Methods (3 hrs.)  
ITAL 210—Introduction to Italian Literary and Cultural Studies (3 hrs.)  
6 credit hours at the 200-level or above 6
3 credit hours at the 300-level 3
Total Hours—Minor in Italian and Italian American Studies 19

* Native and Heritage Speakers who place out of ITAL 104 will not be admitted into this course, and should register for ITAL 201 and/or ITAL 210. Please consult an LAS advisor regarding your eligibility for retroactive foreign language credit once you have completed the ITAL 201 or ITAL 210 course.


Frequently Asked Questions


I want to declare a minor in Italian and Italian American Studies. Who should I talk to?

Professor Chiara Fabbian (UH 1830) will be happy to meet with you in person, or answer your questions via email. Schedule an appointment now. It is never too early to think about your future!

How do I declare a minor in Italian and Italian American Studies?

Contact our academic advisor, Professor Chiara Fabbian (UH 1830) to schedule an appointment.

How many credit hours do I need to complete a minor in Italian and Italian American Studies?

Nineteen credit hours, including ITAL 104. UIC students usually complete their minor very quickly.

Is there a shortcut I can take?

Yes, there is! If you participate in our summer program in Siena, organized by the UIC SAO and the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, you can take the next level of the Basic Language Program (101-104) and a 3-hour course (Italian Society Through the Arts, taught in English) in Italy, over the summer. When you come back, you will be one semester ahead toward the completion of your foreign language requirement; plus, you will have accumulated three credit hours toward completion of the Italian minor.

Also, if you took Italian (or another foreign language) in High School or score high enough on the placement test, you may be placed into higher level classes. Questions? E-mail Professor Chiara Fabbian.

Are there opportunities to study in Italy while taking upper level courses?

Plenty! For more information regarding study abroad in Italy please go the UIC Study Abroad Office page.

Can I teach Italian with a minor in Italian and Italian American Studies?

If you complete a major in Teacher Education, you can teach Italian too. All you need to do to get an endorsement in Italian, is to earn 20 credit hours in the subject matter beyond 104 and take the content exam in Italian. Schools tend to hire candidates who can teach more than one subject/language. Consider adding a minor in Italian especially if you are a major in the Teaching of Spanish, French, German. Questions? Contact Professor Inma Taboada.

Where opportunities to practice Italian outside the classroom?<

Yes! All students of Italian are welcome to attend our weekly Italian Table for snacks and fun. Contact us to find out this year schedule (cfabbian@uic.edu). Our students also run an Italian Club, organizing social activities such as parties, movie nights, conversation sessions, museum visits, field trips, cooking contests, and more! Free tutorials and conversation hours are available too.

Are there opportunities for professional development?

We encourage our minors to be active in the executive board of the Italian club, to acquire leadership and administrative skills, and to tutor their peers in lower levels to get teaching experience. Italian minors also enjoy giving public presentations on Italian culture and helping their professors lead the Italian Table, thus learning how to enhance conversation in Italian and conduct discussions. Our students have received significant awards and recognition; their most recent achievements include the Alumni Association Leadership Award (2011), Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Awards (2009, 2010, 2011), Varga Awards (2009, 2010, 2011), prestigious summer internships (2009, 2010, 2011), and an interview on UIC radio with famous Italian singer Elisa (2008).