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In a global world, learning the language, culture, and history of other traditions is essential for students who wish to distinguish themselves after graduation in the professional world. 

Students are encouraged to consider Dominican University’s programs in French and Francophone Studies and Italian Studies as complementary to other fields of study, such as international business, fashion, education, marketing, communication arts, graphic design, international relations and diplomacy, and the natural sciences.

The Department of French and Italian Studies provides vibrant pathways for gaining linguistic and cultural proficiency. We pair small classes with diverse learning environments to bring out in students their greatest potential as global learners. Experiential opportunities, such as study abroad and internships, increase skills in communication and problem-solving. 

Explore the breadth of our course offerings, which include professional language courses and topics in art history, literature, cinema, music, social justice, and culture and civilization. 


French and Francophone Studies
Italian Studies


French and Francophone Studies
|Italian Studies

Affiliated Programs

K-12 Licensure Program
International Business
International Relations and Diplomacy
Black World Studies

Students are encouraged to further enrich their language study with experiential learning in the form of internships, participating in conversations and in guest lectures sponsored by the department, and study abroad. Real-world language practice embedded in the multicultural language classroom maximizes career opportunities.