Many students who study Italian at NIU are of Italian descent, but most are interested in learning about the rich cultural heritage that Italy brings to the fields of art, literature, cinema, food, science, and government. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a minor in Italian (24 credit hours). Students in the minor can benefit from a small-classroom learning environment as well as personalized attention from distinguished faculty who have native fluency in the language. The student-governed Italian Club offers many opportunities to practice Italian in a more relaxed setting through a variety of off-campus activities, such as coffee hours, Italian cinema nights and cultural excursions. Students find that advanced knowledge in Italian serves as the perfect complement to studies in archeology, art, music, literature, history, geography and international relations.