This major will enable you to write, speak, think, enjoy literature and film, and solve real-world problems in Italian—and at a high level. You’ll be ready to use your new knowledge and skills in a wide range of professional settings.

Mastering a world language will open doors for you

Italian is a Romance language with 65 million speakers all over the world. Chicago is one of the largest centers of Italian-speaking people in the United States. Dominican honors an Italian priest, Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, as its founder. The message: there’s no better place to study this beautiful language than Dominican. In small classes, you’ll work side-by-side with caring faculty. You’ll study not only the language but also the literature and culture of the Italian people. The advanced skills and knowledge you will develop will enable you to stand out from the crowd and enter the job market exceptionally prepared for professional success.

More ways to learn—on campus and way beyond

Practical experience is built into the Italian curriculum. Our internships draw on Chicago’s extensive cultural and corporate resources. We make our connections your connections, so you can test-drive your dream job in the real world. You can combine academic study with compassionate service to people in need, or complete your own research or creative projects in close collaboration with faculty. We especially encourage you to take full advantage of Dominican’s outstanding study abroad program. Back in 1925, we were the second campus in the country to offer an academic program overseas. Today, you can choose from among programs on four continents. A deep dive into another society and culture will strengthen your language skills and give you a highly marketable international perspective. In Italy alone, Dominican offers study abroad programs in:

  • Florence, the center of Renaissance civilization and a city that offers countless opportunities to become intimately acquainted with Italy’s artistic, architectural and literary achievements.
  • Rome, the center of Catholicism, the capital of Italy and a city with an amazing history and culture than began in 753 B.C. and continues to fascinate and inspire today.

There are internship opportunities for qualified students. These include positions in education and in the Italian business sectors.

Angela Evola

Dominican Graduate

“It was a great honor to attend Dominican. I was fortunate enough to earn a scholarship to the university. It allowed me to focus on my studies in Italian and international business and really prepare me for my future.”

Prepare to succeed in a remarkable range of fields

Italian majors tend to be curious and eager to meet new people, embrace unfamiliar places and master various challenges. Employers absolutely love people with those traits, so your career possibilities will be wide and varied. What’s more, our curriculum is designed to prepare you for lifelong intellectual and professional competence. Our graduates are open to new ideas, knowledgeable about the world, practiced and comfortable communicating across cultures, and equipped to adapt and thrive through long and meaningful careers. They have earned their way into leadership positions in the professions of their choice.

Expand your professional options

This major is a powerful complement to many other courses of study at Dominican, including elementary education, fashion design, fashion merchandising, finance, informatics, international business, international relations and diplomacy, journalism, management, marketing, nursing, political science and secondary education.

Faviola Cardenas

Dominican Graduate

“I had the pleasure to work with so many caring, dedicated professors. They were extremely helpful to me all along the way. They really care about the success of all of their students.”

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