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, and critical thinking useful for any number of pursuits after college. DePaul’s Italian program gives students the opportunity to attain advanced language proficiency while studying all aspects of Italian literature and culture. 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 language, literature, and law.

Faculty members in the Italian section at DePaul have interests and expertise in many different facets of Italian language and culture. Topics of our regular course offerings include:

  • Advanced Italian
  • Business and Commercial Italian
  • Culture and Geography
  • Food and Wine
  • History and Politics
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Translation

We also offer a concentration in Italian education for students interested in teaching. Many of our advanced Italian students choose to double major in Italian and another discipline such as art, music, international studies, or political science.

The DePaul Italian program includes a study abroad option at Italiaidea, our school in Rome, which allows students to grow linguistically and experience Italian culture first-hand. DePaul students in Rome live in apartments, often with other international students, or with an Italian host family. Students will also be able to spend a semester or year in Milan through DePaul's partnership with Università Cattolica.  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 give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Italian language and culture right here in the city.

Liberal Studies Requirements 84 hours
​Major Requirements 44 hours
​Open Electives 64 hours
   ​Total hours required   192 hours