WHY STUDY ITALIAN?
Italian courses develop language competence and cultural sensitivity. The Italian program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Italian has 65 million native speakers, and an additional 20 million who learn it as a second language.
Known as the language of music, Italian is key to study and research in the fields of art history, literature, archaeology, opera and philosophy. For art history, anthropology and architecture majors, Italian can be a vital tool for study as Italy has fifty-one UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other country in the world.
The rich Italian heritage in Philadelphia began with immigration. In 1870, there were 516 Italians in Philadelphia; by 1920, the number surged to over 180,000. Italian immigrants in Philadelphia formed hundreds of clubs and organizations, both to help adjust to life in the United States and to preserve the Italian language and cultural heritage. This history continues through Philly’s famous Italian Market, cultural events and various organizations.
International Standing: Italy’s main exports are: engineering products, textiles and clothing (including Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Versace), production machinery, motor vehicles (including Fiat Chrysler) and transport equipment.
STUDY ABROAD AND INTERNATIONAL CO-OPS
Study abroad and international co-ops are integral to the Modern Languages program, and will no doubt be the highlight of your education. There is no better way to learn a foreign language, get a sense of your place in the globalized economy, discover other cultures and broaden your perspective on American life and culture, than to go abroad. Italian-language options include:
- Italy (several programs available)
Begin your journey at Drexel’s Study Abroad office and/or the Steinbright Career Development Center (international co-op).
Fluent understanding of a foreign language is a benefit to individuals in a wide variety of professional fields. For language students considering employment with Italian coursework, opportunities can include: working at art museums as directors, curators or as art historians, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
Italian does not offer a language minor.
Learn more about coursework in Italian in the Course Catalog