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, 102, Elementary Italian II. Required courses focus on:

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

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.

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

Career Opportunities

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 Department of Modern Foreign Languages 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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