The Italian faculty at Drew is committed to providing a rich and stimulating curriculum through the latest pedagogical and multimedia tools. Our courses (language, literature, culture, and cinema) are taught entirely in Italian. Our minor provides opportunities for students to acquire both proficiency in the Italian language, and a good knowledge and appreciation of Italy’s rich cultural tradition. We also offer courses in English on Italian culture and on the representations of the Holocaust in literature and films.
We strive to create a cultural and global awareness to make students appreciate the language and the culture of another country, in order to strengthen the intrinsic value of an undergraduate liberal arts education.
Thanks to the vicinity to New York City, students have the possibility to participate in community events (conferences, films, music, and exhibitions) related to Italy, and our very active Italian club organizes field trips, film screenings, lecturers with international guests. The weekly Italian table provides another opportunity for students to practice their language skills outside the class.
Finally, students who want a full immersion in the language and culture of Italy can participate in the summer program in Venice or apply for a study-abroad semester in Italy through the office of International and Off-Campus Programs.