Italian (B.A.)

Benvenuti to the Italian Program at Montclair State University. Studying Italian is an intellectually, professionally and personally enriching experience in a culture whose influence spans from antiquity to the present. Explore Italian music, the figurative arts, literature, cinema, design, gastronomy, science and philosophy. The engaged and dedicated faculty offer a wealth of language, literature, culture and pre-professional courses and can help you achieve your academic career goals, Italian-style!

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements0-3
Major Requirements36
Free Electives42-39
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Major Core
Foundations in Intercultural Communication
All students with prior experience with Italian take the placement test. If they place out of Beginning and Intermediate language courses those courses will be substituted with major electives. Regardless of the placement test results, the total number of credits is 36.
Complete 6-9 credits from the following:6-9
Italian I
Italian II
Comprehensive Beginning Italian for Spanish Speakers
Comprehensive Italian III and IV
Comprehensive Intermediate Italian for Spanish Speakers
Advanced Intercultural Communication and Creative Expression
ITAL 242Italian Grammar and Composition I3
ITAL 243Italian Grammar and Composition II3
ITAL 340Reading, Writing, Translating Early Modern Italy3
ITAL 341Reading, Writing, Translating Modern and Contemporary Italy3
ITAL 381Contemporary Italian Cultural Studies3
Major Electives
Complete 15 credits from the list below (if testing out of ITAL 101 and ITAL 102). Otherwise, complete 12 credits.15-12
Total Credits36


ITAL 176The Italian American Experience: On the Margins or in the Mainstream?3
ITAL 230Living in Translation3
ITAL 262Italian Americans in Film3
ITAL 277Special Topics in Italian Cinema and Intro to Subtitling3
ITAL 28020th Century Italian Literature3
ITAL 309Italian Conversation3
ITAL 321Introduction to Italian Business and Commercial Translation3
ITAL 345Special Topics in Italian3
ITAL 350Introduction to Translating3
ITAL 351Translation for Tourism and Cultural Promotion3
ITAL 375Italian Study Abroad3
ITAL 378The Italian-American Novel3
ITAL 379Dante3
ITAL 380Italian Humanism and Renaissance3
ITAL 385Cooperative Education4-8
ITAL 410Advanced Italian Grammar3
ITAL 450Audiovisual Translation3
ITAL 460Capstone Course in Audiovisual Translation3
ITAL 470Senior Seminar in Literary Research3
ITAL 475Italian Women Writers3
ITAL 480Independent Study3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete EDFD 200 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete SASE 210 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science- Social Science Perspectives3
ITAL 1013ITAL 1023
ITAL Elective in English3 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (C3) Communication3GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History3GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education1
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3
ITAL 1403ITAL 242 or 2433
ITAL Elective in English3ITAL 3813
 15 14
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3ITAL 340 or 3413
World Cultures3ITAL Elective3
ITAL 242 or 2433Free Elective3
ITAL Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
ITAL 340 or 3413Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 120