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Languages, Literatures & Cultures: Italian Studies

Students may take courses in Italian for personal interest or in relation to a degree program in such fields as art, business, literature, history, music and philosophy. There is presently no major program in Italian.

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Minor in Italian Studies - 21-23 credits

The Italian Studies program offers a 21-credit interdisciplinary minor for students seeking a comprehensive understanding of Italy and its many contributions to western civilization. To students of Italian descent it serves also to provide a better appreciation of themselves and of their heritage. In addition to the Italian Studies minor, a contract major in Italian can be individually designed in consultation with the Coordinator of the Italian Studies program. The major would consist of 30 credits.

The minor in Italian Studies builds upon a strong language foundation because a knowledge of the Italian language is the key that opens the world of Italian art, literature, history, music and philosophy. Therefore, students must complete the following basic language courses1:

ITA101 Elementary Italian I (3)
ITA102 Elementary Italian II (3)
ITA201 Intermediate Italian I (3)
ITA202 Intermediate Italian II (3)

1Note that credits for these basic language courses do not count toward the minor. Also note that students with prior training or experience in Italian may obtain waivers for one or more of these basic courses, after consultation with the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures.

Required courses................................9-11 credits
Three courses from the following:
ITA261 Italian Society in Film (in English) (4)
ITA301 Italian Composition and Conversation (3)
ITA331 Italian Literature in English I (3)
ITA332 Italian Literature in English II (3)
ITA375 Italian Cinema (4)
ITA441 Modern Italian Literature (in English) (3)
ITA393/493 Italian Selected Topic
ITA295/495 Independent Study Italian

Electives.............................................12 credits
Four courses taken under advisement from the Departments of Art History, English, History, Music, and Philosophy. Other departments from time to time teach courses that relate to Italian Studies. See the program coordinator.


Programs in Italy

A five-week summer program in Italian is offered in Urbino, in cooperation with the Center for International Programs. The program includes courses in Italian language, literature and culture.

An academic-year program is available at the University of Urbino to qualified undergraduate students having at least two years of college-level Italian.