Majors

For a Major in Italian:

The courses in the Department of Italian are designed to develop the student’s proficiency in all the language skills and to present the literary and cultural traditions of Italy. The program of study is to be planned as early as possible with the director of undergraduate studies. Students are advised to meet with the director of undergraduate studies each semster in order to obtain program approval.

For students with no knowledge of Italian, the required language course sequence is:

Course List

ITAL UN1101
 - ITAL UN1102 Elementary Italian I
and Elementary Italian II

ITAL UN2101
 - ITAL UN2102 Intermediate Italian I
and Intermediate Italian II

For students planning to enroll in Intensive Italian courses, a minimum of three semesters of Italian language instruction is required, such as:

Course List

ITAL UN1121
 - ITAL UN2101
 - ITAL UN2102 Intensive Elementary Italian
and Intermediate Italian I
and Intermediate Italian II

ITAL UN1101
 - ITAL UN1102
 - ITAL UN2121 Elementary Italian I
and Elementary Italian II
and Intensive Intermediate Italian

ITAL UN1121
 - ITAL UN2121 Intensive Elementary Italian
and Intensive Intermediate Italian

And one of the following courses:

ITAL UN3335Advanced Italian

ITAL UN3336 Advanced Italian II: Italian Language & Culture

ITAL UN3337 Advanced Italian Through Cinema

ITAL UN3338 Italiana. Introduction to Italian Culture, the High, the Low, and the In-between

ITAL UN3339 Learning Italian in Class and Online: A Telecollaboration with Italy.

ITAL UN3232 Senza frontiere. Lingua e cultura italiane dall’Ottocento ad oggi tra emigrazione ...

ITAL UN3645 Grand Tour in Italy

Italian language proficiency equivalent to the elementary and intermediate sequence may be demonstrated by the departmental placement test, offered before the start of every semester; with a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination; or with a score of 780 or higher on the SAT II Subject Test in Italian.

As noted above, courses given entirely in English do not have linguistic prerequisites; students planning a major in Italian may enroll in such courses before completing the language prerequisite for the major or concentration.

Major in Italian

Please read Guidelines for all Italian Majors and Concentrators above.

Requirements

The major in Italian literature requires a minimum of 30 points in Italian courses numbered above the intermediate level, i.e., above ITAL UN2121, to include the following:

Course List

Two semesters of Advanced Italian

ITAL UN3335
 - ITAL UN3336 Advanced Italian
and Advanced Italian II: Italian Language & Culture

Two semesters of Italian Literature

ITAL UN3333
 - ITAL UN3334Introduction To Italian Literature, I
and Introduction To Italian Literature, II

- OR -

Two Semesters of Italian Culture

ITAL GU4502
 - ITAL GU4503Italian Cultural Studies I: From Unification to World War I
and Italian Cultural Studies II: From World War I to the Present

Additional Courses

Select at least two other courses from the department's GU4000-level courses.

In consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, the remaining courses may be selected from the department's 3000- or 4000-level offerings or from other humanities and social science departments with a focus on Italian literature or culture.

ITAL UN3993Senior Thesis/Tutorial (or another course in Italian literature or culture)

Native speakers and students with superior proficiency (as demonstrated by a departmental exam) may replace the Advanced Italian sequence with six points of Italian literature courses of their choice.

Period Distribution

At least two courses that cover material before 1700 and two courses that cover material after 1700.