In the areas of history, culture, and economics, Italian is among the most the significant languages in the world. It's also one of the easiest to learn.
Illinois State students minoring in Italian take courses that combine the study of language and culture with the goal of developing advanced language proficiency and a familiarity with contemporary Italian society. The Minor in Italian Studies is interdisciplinary, with numerous elective courses available in the fields of history, art history, literature and film.
Why Study Italian Studies?
Knowing Italian opens the door to many careers. Italy, with the eighth largest economy in the world, is a leader in fashion, interior design, publishing and graphic design, the culinary arts, and tourism. Students of Italian have greater access to the riches of Italian culture—its art and architecture, literature, music, and cuisine—and to the country itself, which possesses more UNESCO world heritage sites (51) than any other nation.