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The UIC program in Italian is designed to develop students’ proficiency in the Italian language and to promote the understanding of Italian life, society, and culture in a global context. We offer Italian language courses from the elementary to the advanced level and a wide range of Italian literature and culture courses from Dante to the present. In our language courses, you will find the most current, interactive techniques of language teaching and an innovative use of technology. In our literature courses, we foster a multimedia, interdisciplinary approach, so as to encourage students to establish connections between literature and other disciplines such as history, film, art, gender studies, sociology, and music. Courses on Italian culture are geared at promoting familiarity with the national debate on current events and knowledge of contemporary Italian society – including courses on regional food and folkore as well as geography – through a variety of media: film, literature, press, and TV broadcasts. Additionally, the Italian faculty's proactive mentoring has created a variety of internships and volunteering opportunities for students.