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Bulletin 2010-2012 Requirements**

Italian Major

The major in Italian is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the study of the Italian language, its manifestations in history, and its usage in the current cultural and social context; the literary and artistic aspects of Italian culture in the past and the present; the major historical events and developments in Italy; and the current political institutions and dynamics in Italy within the broader European framework.

The following areas of knowledge are central to the undergraduate degree in Italian:

  • Understanding of the grammatical structure of modern standard Italian
  • Familiarity with significant works of Italian literature and awareness of the contribution to world literature of Italian letters
  • Familiarity with the historical context in which particular works were written
  • Awareness of a range of literary genres, their development and reception, as well as relevant critical methodologies
  • Awareness of contemporary Italian culture, politics and current events

In addition, students completing the degree in Italian are expected to acquire:

  • Ability to speak and understand modern, spoken, standard Italian sufficient for all purposes of daily life and for intellectual discussion in academic settings
  • Ability to read and write modern, standard Italian with sufficient fluency and correctness that literary or linguistic analysis of Italian texts can be performed successfully; Ability to follow with reasonable comprehension authentic Italian broadcasts or film.
  • A minimum of 44 quarter hours of approved courses beyond ITAL 1003.  Four of these 44 quarter hours must be from ITAL 2500 or ITAL 3010.
  • No fewer than eight (8) of these 44 credit hours must be from ITAL 3700 courses
  • Students may count one course taught in English on Italian culture, history, or literature toward the major.
  • Students who major in Italian are encouraged to study abroad in Italy. We accept 12-20 quarter hours from an accredited study abroad program toward the Italian major. Major students who choose to study abroad in Italy are strongly encouraged to enroll in an Italian course upon their return.

Sample courses of study:

Option 1 (with study abroad in Fall):
Year 1: 1001-02-03                                   
Year 2: 2001-02-05                                          
Year 3: Study Abroad, 3010, 3702                    
Year 4: 3350, 3701, 3201, 2101 & 3702   

Option 2 (without study abroad):
Year 1: 1001-02-03
Year 2: 2001-02-05
Year 3: 2101, 3010, 3201, 3702
Year 4: 3350, 3701, 3702, 3703 

Option 3 (with study abroad in Spring):
Year 1: 1001-02-03
Year 2: 2001-02-05
Year 3: 3010, 3201, 3701, Study Abroad
Year 4: 2101, 3701, 3702, 3703

Italian Minor

  • A minimum of twenty-four (24) quarter hours beyond ITAL 1003.
  • No fewer than four (4) of these 24 quarter hours must be from a course in Italian at the 3000 level.
  • Students may count one course taught in English on Italian culture, history, or literature toward the minor
  • Students who minor in Italian are encouraged to study abroad in Italy. We accept up to 12 quarter hrs. from an accredited study abroad program toward the Italian minor. Minor students who choose to study abroad in Italy are strongly encouraged to enroll in an Italian course upon their return.

Sample courses of study:

Option 1 (with study abroad in Fall):
Year 1: 1001-02-03                               
Year 2: 2001-02-05                                       
Year 3: Study Abroad, 3010, 3702                  

Option 2 (without study abroad):
Year 1: 1001-02-03
Year 2: 2001-02-05
Year 3: 3010, 3201, 3702

Option 3 (with study abroad in Spring):
Year 1:1001-02-03
Year 2: 2001-02-03
Year 3: 2101, 3010, Study Abroad

**For students that have entered into the Italian program prior to the 2010-2012 bulletin, please refer to the registrar.


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