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 three 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.

*NEW* ITALIAN MAJOR (as of Spring 2020)

The Major in Italian is comprised of two sets of courses: the first is designed to provide students linguistic proficiency; the second offers students a solid foundation in Italian cultural production across the centuries—from Dante to opera, theater, and contemporary film.

The Italian Major consists of 11 courses, distributed as follows:

Language Proficiency

A series of 5 courses in language at any level. All students must complete:

250 Writing Workshop in Italian (formerly Composition and Stylistics)

NB: 105/6 Italian for Reading Knowledge does NOT count toward the Major/Minor

* Students who place into 121 Intensive Italian or above are required to take additional courses at the 200-400 level in Italian in order to fulfill the 5-course language requirement

Cultural Competence

6 courses from the Italian Studies Course List (ALL 200-400 level literature, film, and culture classes in the Dept of Italian, plus those taught in other Depts—Classics, Art History, etc).

Students MUST complete at least:

THREE courses at the 300-400 level in Italian

NB: 1.5 Credit “Mini-Courses” do NOT count toward the Major/Minor

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.

 

Recent courses in English include:

    • 231/2 Italian Culture I / II
    • 256 Introducing Italy, City by City
    • 304 Italian Linguistics (Translation from Italian to English)
    • 315 Dante and Medieval Culture
    • 316 Italian Literature and Fascism
    • 320 Mafia Movies
    • 339/340 Italian-American Experience
    • 345/346 Italian Cinema (Classics/Contemporary)
    • 355 Love and Sex Italian Style
    • 391 Italian Food Culture

Recent courses in Italian include:

    • 302 Italian Culture through Contemporary Literature
    • 305/6 Introduction to Italian Literature I/II
    • 321 Advanced Conversation through Current Events
    • 322 Advanced Conversation through Cinema
    • 369 Walking in the Modern and Postmodern Italian City
    • 352 20th-century Italian Literature

 

Italian Minor

6 courses in Italian language and culture.

Students must complete 250 Writing Workshop in Italian and 321 or 322 Advanced Conversation.

Remaining courses to be chosen from the Italian Studies Course List.

 

NB: 1.5 Credit “Mini-Courses” do NOT count toward the Major/Minor

NB: 105/6 Italian for Reading Knowledge does NOT count toward the Major/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 Undergraduate Director.