Programs

The Italian major seeks to foster linguistic fluency and appreciation of Italian culture. In addition to acquiring advanced oral and written proficiency in the Italian language, majors will have the opportunity to access Italy's rich literary and cultural heritage through a variety of venues, including short stories, novels, poetry, film, music, art, and contemporary newspapers.

A major in Italian can lead to a variety of national and international careers in foreign service, international banking and trade, fashion marketing, film, journalism, and teaching. Valuable experience can be gained through the many study abroad options available to Italian majors in Florence, Bologna, Padova, and Ferrara, among others.  For first-year students please see the selecting courses page, as well as all currently listed courses.  In addition to learning Italian, students may also want to study the political institutions and ideals, principles of philosophy and science that are part of the rich legacy that the ancient Greeks and Romans handed down to western Europe through a classics major or minor

Italian Major

The major requires a minimum of 32 credits, including courses in Italian conversation and composition (209), literature, and culture (221 or 222, four 300-level courses in Italian literature and culture to be approved by the department and 8 additional credits in Italian.

Courses lower than ITAL-209 cannot be counted toward the major. Independent Study (ITAL-395) may not be used as part of the minimum major requirements. One 200- or 300-level course may be in English translation but must be approved by the department. Students thinking about a major in Italian or studying abroad should contact Professor Frau, Lecturer Moretti, or Language Instructor Svaldi.

Please visit the course catalog for detailed information on requirements for the major and course offerings.

Italian Minor

The minor in Italian requires a minimum of 16 Credits, including Italian 209 and either Italian 221 or 222, at least one course at the 300 level and one additional course at the 200 or 300 level. Independent Study (ITAL-395) may not be used as part of the minimum minor requirements. One 200- or 300-level course may be in English translation but must be approved by the department.

Please visit the course catalog for detailed information on requirements for the minor and course offerings

Non-Profit Organizations Nexus

Make a life out of making a difference. Learn how to be a successful leader in the non-profit sector and equip yourself to become a changemaker. The Non-Profit Organizations Nexus track combines the study of economics, philosophy, complex organizations, politics, and more with your personal interests in the charitable, religious, scientific, or educational fields.

Teacher Licensure in Italian

Students interested in teaching Italian can combine their course work with a minor in education. See the Department of Psychology and Education’s Teacher Licensure Program for more information.