Welcome to the Department of French and Italian at Drew University! Our department aims to enhance students’ global perspectives and experiences both through our courses on campus and our study abroad programs. We cover all levels of proficiency both in French and Italian and we have a very diversified curriculum. Our courses, taught with multimedia tools, are entirely conducted in the target language. We also offer several courses in translation with an interdisciplinary focus. Our professors are either native speakers or have lived and studied in French and Italian speaking countries for extended periods. We offer a major and minor in French and a special major and minor in Italian, and we strongly encourage study abroad.
In French, our courses include the study of popular culture, cinema, business, and literature ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. We offer a 4-week summer immersion program in Paris and a one-week study abroad opportunity in Québec as part of the course FREN 334: International Business in French. In Italian, our courses include culture, cinema, business and literature with a focus on the modern and contemporary period. Students have the possibility to spend a semester in Italy or participate in our summer immersion program in Orvieto or in Cilento. Drew has also approved a list of international programs that enable students to earn transfer credit for study abroad opportunities that meet their specific needs and interests.
On and off campus, our students can practice their language skills beyond the classroom by leading or participating in activities organized by the French and Italian clubs: the Francophone Association and C.I.A.O. (Cultural Italian American Organization). These clubs organize community activities (conferences, films, music, and exhibitions), film screenings, lectures with international guests, and field trips to New York City to attend all kinds of events related to French and Italian culture.