Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Diversify your career prospects with Italian communication skills and cultural contexts that will help you succeed in the US and abroad.
A minor in Italian studies can enhance your career opportunities in the U.S. and abroad, as well as expand your personal horizons and strengthen your critical thinking and communication skills.

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Why Earn an Italian Minor?

The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers coursework leading to a minor in Italian. This minor can help you meet your foreign language requirement for many undergraduate degrees, as well as learn in-demand skills for the global marketplace.

Our faculty members include native speakers, leaders in national and international organizations and award-winning professors. Students who complete their minor will have advanced-level reading, writing, and communication skills in Italian.

The Italian Minor is designed to prepare students to communicate in the language and explore Italy’s role in today’s world. Students will be looking at Italy's past and present contributions to literature, art, music, history, philosophy, politics, and economy.

Students majoring in areas – such as art, business, communication, education, film, digital media, history, modern and classical languages, politics, and international relations – will find the Italian Minor an ideal companion to their specific field of study.

Italian Studies Minor Highlights

We work closely with the Study Abroad office to provide multiple opportunities for international work and study. These opportunities allow you to immerse yourself in the language and experience the culture first hand.
We offer a variety of opportunities to practice Italian and learn more about the cultures, including conversation groups and film series.
Our World Language Learning Center provides 80 computer workstations, more than 30 software programs for self-study and assignments, multi-language audio and video media and presentation equipment.
The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major.
Studying a world language allows you to acquaint yourself with another culture and develop a global perspective. It also can strengthen your analytic and interpretive skills, leading to high scores in math and English courses and on entrance exams.

Italian Studies Minor Courses You Could Take

Elementary Italian (3 hrs)
Grammar and phonetics; reading, composition and oral-aural practice.
Italian Language and Culture through Italian Operas (3 hrs)
Introduction to Italian opera as a means of learning the language and appreciating the culture of Italy. Relations between culture and opera are explored.
Contemporary Italian Culture Through Film (3 hrs)
Study of different cultural topics relevant to life in contemporary Italy, using film as the primary source of authentic language for the development of listening and conversational skills.
Italian Influences in the United States of America (3 hrs)
Explores the influences of Italian language, food, people and cultural phenomena in America.
Italian Food Culture (3 hrs)
Focuses on the culture of food in Italian history, literature and cinema. In particular, it analyzes its historical, social and symbolic value from the Middle Ages to the contemporary Italian world-renowned “Slow Food” movement.
Italy From Fascism To The Present (3 hrs)
Exploration and analysis of Italian history and society from the Fascist era to the present through literature, cinema, and historical documents.

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