Italian Major (B.A.)

The 36 credit Italian major provides language courses on all levels, Italian literature and civilization classes, and a large variety of extra-curricular activities. Study abroad opportunities allow students to experience firsthand the rich cultural and economic makeup of Italy, and are offered as spring break, summer, and full semester/year programs.

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

Italian Required Courses
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
Italian Major Electives
Select seven of the following:21
The Italian American Experience: On the Margins or in the Mainstream?
Italian Americans in Film
Special Topics in Italian Cinema and Intro to Subtitling
20th Century Italian Literature
Italian Conversation
Introduction to Italian Business and Commercial Translation
Special Topics in Italian
Introduction to Translating
Translation for Tourism and Cultural Promotion
Italian Study Abroad
The Italian-American Novel
Dante
Italian Humanism and Renaissance
Cooperative Education
Advanced Italian Grammar
Italian Literature of the Renaissance I
Italian Literature of the 19th Century I
Audiovisual Translation
Italian Literature of the 20th Century I: A Changing Italy
Senior Seminar in Literary Research
Italian Women Writers
Independent Study
Total Credits36

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
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirement

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World Languages
Fulfilled by major.
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits0-3

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
ITAL 242 Italian Grammar and Composition I 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
ITAL 243 Italian Grammar and Composition II 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
ITAL 340 Reading, Writing, Translating Early Modern Italy 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
World Cultures 3
ITAL 341 Reading, Writing, Translating Modern and Contemporary Italy 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
ITAL 381 Contemporary Italian Cultural Studies 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120