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John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Section: Italian American Studies

Fall 2005

The Italian American Studies minor at Queens College is the oldest such college program in existence. Founded in 1973, the program reflects the extraordinary ethnic diversity of New York City’s population and the commitment of Queens College to a multicultural education. Italian American Studies derives its inspiration from the conviction that ethnicity has been an essential element in both our national development and in the shaping of our individual identities.

Italian American Studies offers intellectually challenging and culturally enriching courses dealing with the Italian experience in the United States. The curriculum was redesigned in 2000 to meet the needs and interests of students facing the challenges of the 21st century. Our approach is interdisciplinary, and rests on the belief that knowledge of the Italian history and culture is essential to understanding the Italian presence in American society. The program offers courses in three broad areas: Cultural Studies (literature, film studies, Italian language, art, and music), The Social and Political Heritage (history, political science, sociology, and ethnic studies), and Language Studies (all levels of Italian language).

In addition to course offerings from a wide range of academic departments, Italian American Studies cooperates with faculty teaching in interdisciplinary programs such as Women’s Studies, Film Studies, and other ethnic studies programs.

The Italian American Studies Program works closely with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Credit-earning internships and practicum experience are available to students through the Calandra Institute.

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