Dominican’s Italian major concentrates on the language and cultures of the people of Italy. Advanced courses place particular emphasis on the historical and cultural aspects of Italian-language literature. 

Italian majors must complete 32 semester hours in the language beyond ITAL 111, Intermediate Italian. Required courses focus on: 

  • Advanced language skills
  • Italian civilization and culture
  • Literature of Italy

Each graduating senior must complete an oral interview patterned on the guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In place of this interview, students may complete a written assessment. 

If the student has already completed a similar interview to complete requirements for the School of Education, that interview will suffice. However, the student must file those results with the Italian discipline director.

All Italian majors are encouraged to study abroad during their time at Dominican. Students who study at one of Dominican’s programs overseas and wish to have these courses count towards the Italian major must get prior written approval from the Italian discipline director.

Tonia Triggiano, PhD
Department Chair
(708) 524-6639   
Office: Fine Arts 327

Within the Chicago metropolitan area alone, Dominican University foreign language graduates might work in international corporations, government, manufacturing, travel and transportation or education.

Foreign language majors tend to be curious and eager to meet new people and experience new situations. Employers welcome employees with these traits, so the career possibilities are almost endless.

Combining foreign language study with business or education coursework increases graduates’ career options even more. But interested students should seek faculty guidance early to ensure timely completion of all degree requirements.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department prepares students for careers in:

  • International corporations
  • Banking
  • Government
  • Diplomacy
  • Manufacturing
  • Travel
  • Transportation
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Law
  • Fashion design/marketing
  • Education

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