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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
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.
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Jennifer Waldburger Máthé
Meredith K. Ray
Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia
For more information on DLLC Faculty, please visit our Faculty Profiles page.
Ten courses taught in Italian:
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.
Six courses taught in Italian:
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):
2. Italian electives (9 cr):
3. Fashion core (6 cr):
4. One of the following (3 cr):
An advanced degree offers students expanded opportunities for career growth in a wide range of fields. There are two options:
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.
Undergraduate Admissions page
Grad College Application Info page
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
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.
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.
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:
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: