Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies

Contact Information: 
Campus Location: 1722 University Hall (UH) 
(312) 996-5218 
hip.uic.edu

Administration: 
Head, Steven Marsh, marshws@uic.edu
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spanish: Inma Taboada, taboada@uic.edu
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Italian: Chiara Fabbian, cfabbian@uic.edu

The formal study of Spanish and Italian consists of courses in language at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as courses in linguistics and the literature and culture of the countries where these languages are spoken.

The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts with majors in Spanish and in the Teaching of Spanish. Minors are also offered in Spanish, Spanish for Professions, and Italian and Italian American Studies.

The Spanish and Italian major and minor programs expose students to innovative critical and theoretical approaches to literary, cultural, and linguistic studies. Thus, a student majoring or minoring in Spanish or Italian acquires skills in critical thinking, analytical ability, and language proficiency that provide a solid foundation for graduate and professional studies, as well as a variety of careers. Teacher education forms an integral part of the department’s offerings in Spanish.

Endorsement for the Teaching of Spanish

Endorsement is available to students obtaining full licensure in an approved UIC Teacher Education major. To teach Spanish as a second subject in Illinois public schools one must apply for, meet all requirements, and receive an Endorsement from the State Board of Education. For information on requirements and application procedures for a second subject endorsement in Spanish, contact the Council on Teacher Education.

Study Abroad Programs—Spanish

The Spanish program strongly encourages all majors to take advantage of the variety of study abroad opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries available to UIC students. A significant portion of the credits for the major in Spanish may be earned through Study Abroad Programs. Majors will be awarded credit hours for courses completed abroad that are equivalent to courses offered at UIC by the Spanish Program. Approval for course equivalencies is required from the director of undergraduate studies for the Spanish program.

For information on other study abroad opportunities please visit the UIC Study Abroad Office.

Endorsement for the Teaching of Italian

Endorsement is available to students obtaining full licensure in an approved UIC Teacher Education major. To teach Italian as a second subject in Illinois public schools one must apply for, meet all requirements, and receive an Endorsement from the State Board of Education. For information on requirements and application procedures for a second subject endorsement in Italian, contact the Council on Teacher Education.

Study Abroad Programs—Italian

The Italian program encourages all minors to take advantage of study abroad opportunities in Italy available to UIC students. Students who wish to be considered for study abroad should consult the director of undergraduate studies concerning prerequisites and requirements. For general information about study abroad opportunities, please visit the UIC Study Abroad office.

Portuguese

Portuguese serves the Spanish major through its courses for Spanish speakers.

Distinction

Students who earn a 3.75/4.00 GPA in all courses taken in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UIC will be awarded departmental distinction.