Drexel University and Philadelphia have deep connections with the Italian and Italo-American communities. In addition to the large population of Italians and Italian-Americans in Philadelphia and the region, including a substantial proportion of Drexel students, a significant number of faculty across the university have research interests that include the Italian context. The interdisciplinary minor in Italian Studies is designed to attract students interested in a variety of aspects related to Italian culture and to make use of the deep and diverse pool of resources on Drexel’s campus, in the region, and abroad.
The minor in Italian Studies shares the existing curriculum in Italian language but only requires three courses (9-12 cr.) of language study. This allows students to achieve at least a level of language proficiency sufficient to navigate Italian society but also allows students whose interests lie beyond the language to pursue substantial Italy-related coursework in other disciplines. The cultural studies side of the minor include 12-15 credits of coursework on Italian society and culture, including a required seminar in contemporary Italy.
Learn More About the Minor in Italian Studies in the Course Catalog