Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Italian American Studies

ITALIAN AMERICAN STUDIES MINOR at Loyola University Chicago

 

Are you looking to learn more about this nation’s fifth largest ethnic group and the many dynamic connections between Italy and the United States that continue to shape our contemporary society? If so, the Italian American Studies Minor is for you. The curriculum draws upon course offerings in different fields, including experiential learning and study abroad opportunities. Students will learn about the political, cultural, and historical conditions the led to the mass migration from Italy, with an emphasis on the Chicagoland area. While focusing on the Italian experience, the program also aims to provide students with a framework for understating other American groups with similar histories, and for addressing questions related to assimilation, identity, gender, race, class and religion that continue to inform contemporary discourse on immigration.

Many of the courses that count towards the minor also fulfill the university’s CORE curriculum requirements, and others count for History, Criminal Justice, Music, Anthropology, Sociology, and more.

 

The Italian American Studies Minor is one of only a handful of such programs in the United States. It resulted from a 5-year long fund-raising campaign the proceeds of which were matched by Loyola University Chicago, eventually resulting in the Paul and Ann Rubino Endowed Professorship and the establishment of the minor.

 

Come learn about the history, culture and literature of Italian Americans, and the unique impact they have had on the city of Chicago and the world.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Dr. Carla A. Simonini, csimonini@luc.edu.