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Students enrolled in the Italian program at the University of Delaware will find it to be one of the most fulfilling linguistic and cultural experiences of their academic career. A dedicated and expert faculty offer dynamic courses in language, literature, culture and civilization, film, history, politics, and current events, taught in both Italian and English. On campus and through study abroad, students will master the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing – while immersing themselves in the culture of Italy.

Along with the Bachelor's Degree in Italian Studies, we offer two Master's degrees in Italian to help students prepare for a career in international business, translation, marketing, travel, education, or many other for- and non-profit fields. Choose a major or minor in Italian, or pair Italian with another field of interest for a double major – our faculty will help you map out your plan. We also offer interdisciplinary options such as the new Italian Studies and Fashion Culture minor.

Students can participate in our study abroad programs: the winter session in the medieval city of Siena, or a semester program in the capital city of Rome. On campus, the Circolo italiano club holds meetings for Italian students, offers opportunities to brush up on language skills, and hosts numerous cultural activities. Each year outstanding students in the Italian program are rewarded with induction into Gamma Kappa Alpha, the national Italian honors society, and many receive generous monetary prizes. 

Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius
Major/Minor Requirements
Trevi Fountain, Rome

Major in Italian (31 credits)

Ten courses taught in Italian:

  • ITAL107 (4 credits) *
  • ITAL 2xx (3 credits)
  • ITAL 211 or 212 (3 credits)
  • ITAL 300, 305 or 306 (3 credits)
  • Two of ITAL 310, 311, 325, 326, or 355 (6 credits)
  • One ITAL 3xx or 4xx (3 credits)
  • Three of ITAL 4xx (9 credits)

LLCU499 Capstone course (1 credit)

*Students placed out of Ital107 will take a 3-credit Ital2xx or above course. In this case, the major will be 30 credits.

Minor in Italian (18 credits)

Six courses taught in Italian:

  • ITAL107 (4 credits)
  • ITAL2xx (3 credits)
  • ITAL211 or ITAL212 (3 credits)
  • ITAL3xx (3 credits)
  • ITAL3xx (3 credits)
  • ITAL4xx (3 credits)

Italian Studies and Fashion Culture Minor (21 credits)

This minor offers students the opportunity to achieve enhanced linguistic skills and cultural competency while exploring global trends and attitudes toward fashion and fashion culture. It is open to students in all disciplines who wish to broaden their studies with an eye to their professional aspirations and marketability in a global world and workplace.


1. Italian core (3 cr):

    One of:

  • ITAL 200 Italian Grammar Review
  • ITAL 205 Italian Conversation or ITAL 206 Culture Through Conversation

2. Italian electives (9 cr):

  • One additional 200-level ITAL course
  • Two 300-level ITAL courses

3. Fashion core (6 cr):

  • FASH 214 Development of Fashion: Ancient World to 1600

   One of:

  • FASH 320 Fashion and Apparel Internship
  • FASH 355 Global Fashion Consumer and Retailers

4. One of the following (3 cr):

  • LLCU 329 Topics: Italian Literature in Translation
  • LLCU 416 Dante: The Divine Comedy and the Medieval World
  • LLCU 420 Topics in Italian Literature
  • LLCU 430 Topics in Italian Culture and Civilization
  • FASH 2xx or 3xx elective

MA in Italian Studies

An advanced degree offers students expanded opportunities for career growth in a wide range of fields. There are two options:

  1. The MA in Italian Studies is a three-semester program. Students take courses at the 600-level, allowing them to attain effective written communication skills in Italian, learn to think critically and engage in interdisciplinary study. The program requires a thesis, completed in the third semester, which provides students with research experience with faculty scholars in a particular field of interest.
  2. The 4+1 MA in Italian Studies allows students to start a master's degree in Italian Studies in their senior year. They complete the degree in the 5th year, taking 600-level courses. The required coursework and thesis help students attain effective written communication skills in Italian and learn to think critically and engage in interdisciplinary study. The thesis allows students to gain research experience with faculty scholars in a particular field of interest.

Application for Admission

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures recognizes the University application deadlines of July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. However, students are encouraged to apply much earlier.

More information:

Undergraduate Admissions page

Grad College Application Info page

The Ponte Vecchio, Florence

The Italian program offers a variety of courses in language, culture, literature, and current events. The 200-level courses work on refining and deepening linguistic competency and communication skills. Activities integrate films, music, debates, periodicals, and websites. At the 300-level, students can further improve fluency, while further enhancing writing skills and exploring currents events. Survey courses explore Italy's rich literary past (ITAL310 and ITAL311) and civilization and culture (ITAL325 and ITAL326).

More language courses are offered at the 400-level (ITAL400 and ITAL401). In addition, thematic courses (ITAL355 and ITAL455) provide students with a  stimulating selection of revolving topics, including Italian Cinema, Italian Women Writers, The Art of Translation, 19th and 20th Century Literature, Contemporary Italy, Love and Passion in Literature, The Child in Literature, World War II in Italian Literature and Film, Contemporary Italian Literature, and Italian Detective Fiction.

All courses above the 100-level are available for Honors credit. Many also count as Group A or Group B.

Courses Taught in English

Courses in English, found under the LLCU prefix, include Italian Women Writers, Dante, Italy in the Age of the Scientific Revolution, Italian Cinema, Contemporary Italian Literature, The Immigrant Experience, Terrorism in Italian Culture, and The Mafia.

These courses, which have no prerequisites, are offered for Honors credit; some are also offered for Second Writing Credit.

For more information, please visit:

UD Course Catalog

DLLC Course Offerings page

Study in Italy
The Duomo, Florence
Semester Program in Rome
The Colosseum, Rome

This UD semester program is hosted by John Cabot University (JCU), an accredited, degree-granting liberal arts institution enrolling students from across the U.S. and the world. JCU's location in the quiet and non-touristy Trastevere neighborhood not far from the Vatican make it ideally situated for students wishing to live and learn amidst a unique blend of the ancient and the contemporary.

Courses are taught by JCU's approximately 100 international faculty, and use instructional methods and grading based on the U.S. system. Some courses include out-of-class experiences in Rome to take advantage of the city's historic and artistic resources. Many of these courses are taught in English. JCU offers an array of services similar to those of a U.S.-based campus including student clubs, sports activities, cultural and social events, counseling services, and a residence life staff.

Students are housed in double rooms in furnished, JCU-leased apartments with other JCU students. All apartments include a washing machine, kitchen utensils, and bedding. JCU apartments are situated amid apartments occupied by Italians, providing a perfect opportunity for meaningful contact with locals.

Winter Program in Siena

The medieval city of Siena blends a rich cultural tradition with the ambiance of modern life. During the session, students take one language course and one culture course taught in English. Students reside either singly or in pairs in private Italian homes. Bedding and linen are provided, as well as breakfast and dinner. Students are given an allowance for lunch during the school week.

Siena's location in central Tuscany is convenient for excursions around Italy during the students' free weekends. Upon its arrival in Rome, the group spends several days touring such sites as the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Piazza Navona. Excursions during the session may include trips to Pompeii, Naples, Caserta, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, and Venice.

Please visit the Study Abroad website for more information.

Organizations & Resources
Rome at night

Circolo italiano:

The Circolo italiano is a student-run organization that meets bi-weekly. Students in the club offer informal tutoring, as well as cultural activities, such as films, bocce games, pizza parties, and cooking lessons. Students in the club also visit the local Da Vinci Society headquarters, sponsor a holiday party, and discuss career opportunities.

Gamma Kappa Alpha:

Gamma Kappa Alpha, the national Italian Honor Society, recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of Italian literature. Each year, eligible students will be invited by Italian faculty to become a member of the UD chapter of GKA. New inductees are honored at the annual Honors Day ceremony in May.

At the Honors Day ceremony, outstanding students receive monetary prizes, including the Italian Faculty Award for Excellence, the Robert J. DiPietro Award, the Eugenia Slavov Memorial Award, the Da Vinci Society Award, the Giuseppe Verdi Lodge Award, and the Italo-Americans United Award and Plaque, among others.

Past recipients of the Italo-Americans United Award and Plaque include:

  • No award given (2020)
  • Nicolas Finelli (2019)
  • Matthew Bleacher (2018)
  • Monica Terreros (2017)
  • Edward Murillo (2016)
  •  Gabriella Mirasola (2015)
  • Christopher Brown (2014)
  • Christina Brown (2013)
  • Danielle Paltrineri (2012)
  • Cesar Correa (2011)
  • Lily Jaffie-Shupe (2010)
  • Amanda Spinelli (2009)
  • Krista DiEleuterio (2008)
  • Richard Phifer (2007)
  • Norma Carolina Sandoval (2006)
  • Gina Zanella (2005)
  • Lisa Gordon and Nina Gordon (2004)
  • Tiolina Pistilli (2003)


Students with a BA or MA in Italian are prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including the travel and hospitality industry, diplomatic services, art institutes and museums, import/export commerce, government agencies, transportation, media, education, and the fashion industry.

Italian Career and Education Resources:

General Career and Education Resources:

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