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Italian Major

The Italian Major prepares students for a globalized world by providing them cultural immersion and fluency in a language other than English, and solid training in the humanities through a focus on textual analysis, critical thinking, and intercultural interpretation. With only two required courses, Majors have maximum flexibility in designing their own courses of study in Italian language and culture.

A degree in Italian opens the door to many professional graduate schools, including law schools and schools of international affairs or diplomacy, as well as to careers in education, international business (finance, import/export, wine, food, fashion), journalism, and public relations.

Students often combine an Italian Major with Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies, Communication, Comparative Literature, English, History, or Nutrition.

The Italian Major consists of 12 courses.

Students pursuing the Major typically follow the sequence below:

  • 01:560:132 Intermediate Italian II
  • 01:560:250 Composition and Stylistics (required)
  • 01:560:305 and 306 Introduction to Italian Literature I and II (required)
  • Eight to nine 300- or 400- level sources (max 3 in English), to be chosen by the student from the following sample list. (For a complete list, see Course Descriptions page)
  • In Italian:
    • 321 Advanced Conversation and Civilization
    • 322 Advanced Conversation through Cinema
    • 302 Italian Culture through Contemporary Literature
    • 369 Walking in the Modern and Postmodern Italian City
    • 351 Tradition and Experiment in Modern Italian Literature (20th-century Italian Literature)
    • 371 Italian Theater
  • In English:
    • 315 Dante and Medieval Culture
    • 316 Italian Literature and Fascism
    • 320 Mafia Movies
    • 339/340 The Italian American Experience
    • 335 Sex, Death, and Damnation: Introduction to Italian Opera
    • 345/346 Italian Cinema (Classics and Contemporary)
    • 355 Love and Sex Italian Style
    • 391 Literature, Culture, and Gastronomy of Italy
  • 01:560:493 Senior Seminar (required)

Requirements and Exceptions:

Students who place above 01:560:132 (Intermediate Italian II) are required to take on additional 300-level class.

01:560:250 (Composition and Stylistics); 01:560:305 and 306 (Intro to Literature I and II); 01:560:493 (Senior Seminar) are required.

The remaining courses must be at the 300-level or higher. Up to three 300-level courses may be taught in English.

1.5 credit courses do not count toward the Major.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C to count the course toward the Major.

The student's program must be approved by the Undergraduate Director.

Degree:

Upon completion of all required departmental and college coursework, students will be conferred the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Italian.

Italian Minor

Combining a bachelor’s degree with an Italian Minor can grant access to specialized jobs. A Minor in Italian can be one way to distinguish oneself by diversifying a bachelor’s degree with a language specialization. Upon completing the Minor in Italian, students will have attained fluency in the language and familiarity with Italian literature, history, and culture.

The Italian Minor consists of 6 courses.

Students pursuing the Minor typically follow the sequence below:

  • 01:560:132 Intermediate Italian II
  • 01:560:250 Composition and Stylistics (required)
  • Four to five 300- or 400-level courses (max 2 in English), to be chosen by the student from the following sample list. (For a complete list, see Course Descriptions page).
  • In Italian:
    • 321 Advanced Conversation and Civilization
    • 322 Advanced Conversation through Cinema
    • 302 Italian Culture through Contemporary Literature
    • 369 Walking in the Modern and Postmodern Italian City
    • 351 Tradition and Experiment in Modern Italian Literature (20th-century Italian Literature)
    • 371 Italian Theater
  • In English:
    • 315 Dante and Medieval Culture
    • 316 Italian Literature and Fascism
    • 320 Mafia Movies
    • 339/340 The Italian American Experience
    • 335 Sex, Death, and Damnation: Introduction to Italian Opera
    • 345/346 Italian Cinema (Classics and Contemporary)
    • 355 Love and Sex Italian Style
    • 391 Literature, Culture, and Gastronomy of Italy

Requirements and Exceptions:

Students who place above 01:560:132 (Intermediate Italian II) are required to take one additional 300-level class.

01:560:250 (Composition and Stylistics) is required.

The remaining courses must be at the 300-level or higher. Up to two 300-level courses may be taught in English.

1.5 credit courses do not count toward Minor.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C to count the course toward the Minor.

The student's program must be approved by the departmental adviser.

Degree:

The minor degree will be bestowed in conjunction with an approved major upon graduation.

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