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World Languages and Cultural Studies

Italian Studies


The concentration in Italian Studies requires completing a minimum of 34 credits consisting of a minimum of 9 courses. This interdisciplinary major is comprised of 6 core courses with an ITA designation and 3 elective courses.

Requirements for the Major Concentration in Italian Studies


I. Core Courses:  6 courses (minimum 22 credits) in Italian Language and Culture; at least one course must be at the 3000 level or above. 

1. Italian Language

Students must take two Italian language courses at the intermediate level or beyond. Students will be placed at the appropriate level. The Introductory Italian sequence (ITA 1110 and ITA 1120) will not be counted as part of the major. Only the following courses may be used to fulfill the language requirement in the major:

  •   ITA 2010  -  Intermediate Italian I
  •   ITA 2020  -  Intermediate Italian II
  •   ITA 3010  -  Composition & Culture
  •   ITA 3020  -  Conversation & Culture
  •   ITA 3050  -  Attualità italiana

2. Italian Culture

Students must take 4 Italian Culture courses chosen from among the following. Courses in the Italian Culture category are drawn from a group of ITA courses which share a common focus on Italian cultural topics and texts. In keeping with common practice among Italian Studies programs, some Italian Culture courses are offered in Italian and some are offered in English:

  •  ITA 2530       Italian Women Writers
  •  ITA 2550       Italian Americans and Film
  •  ITA 2560(W) The Italian Southern Question in Literature and Film
  •  ITA 2570       Italian Culture through Film I
  •  ITA 2580       Italian Culture through Film II
  •  ITA 3010       Composition & Culture
  •  ITA 3020       Conversation & Culture
  •  ITA 3050        Attualità italiana

II. Elective Courses:  Three courses to be chosen from the following, with no more than two courses from the same department.  At least two of these courses must be from departments within the School of Liberal Arts.  (* indicates a course with prerequisites)

  • ENG 3860 - Italian American Women Writers
  • FAA 2620 - Classical Art
  • FAA 2630 - The Art of the Middle Ages
  • FAA 2640(W) - First Light: The Beginnings of Modernism in Western Art
  • FAA 2650 - Artists, Princes, and Popes: From Renaissance to Reformation
  • FAA 2660 - The Art of the Baroque: European Art of the 17th and 18th Cent.
  • FAA 3650 - The World of Michelangelo
  • HIS 1119 - The European Experience: Antiquity to the Reformation
  • HIS 1120 - The European Experience: Early Modern to the Present
  • HIS 3350 - Ancient History
  • HIS 3355 - Barbarians and Holy Men
  • HIS 3360 - Medieval Civilization
  • HIS 3370 - Renaissance, Reformation and Exploration
  • HIS 3376 - Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon
  • HIS 3401 - Topics in Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • HIS 3410 - Twentieth-Century Europe
  • HUM 1010 - Stories of Ancient Greece
  • HUM 1020 - Medieval Europe
  • PHL 2200(W) - History of Ancient Philosophy*
  • PHL 2330 - History of Medieval Philosophy*
  • PHL 2350(W) - Philosophy of Augustine*
  • RTS 2425 - Pellegrinaggio in Italia*
  • POL 4850(W) - Public Service Internship (approval of Italian Studies Dir required)
  • POL 4851 - Public Service Summer Internship (approval of Italian Studies Dir required)
  • ECO 3306 - International Economics*
  • POL 1500 - Comparative Politics
  • POL 2510 - International Politics*
  • POL 2581 - Political Thought: Plato to Machiavelli*
  • POL 2582 - Political Thought: Machiavelli to Marx*
  • POL 3526 - Politics of the European Union*
  • POL 3540 - International Political Economy*
  • FIN 4406 - International Financial Management*
  • MGT 3357 - International Management*
  • MKT 3320 - Global Marketing*


Minor Concentration in Italian Studies.  An interdisciplinary minor with a concentration in Italian Studies requires a minimum of 18 credits consisting of a minimum of 5 courses.  The minor consists of one year of the Italian language (for example, ITA 1110 and ITA 1120), plus a combination of 3 language and/or culture courses.

Minor Concentration in Italian.  A minor concentration in Italian requires a minimum of 18 credits consisting of a minimum of 5 courses in Italian with the ITA prefix.

Study Abroad in Florence, Italy.  Students pursuing a major concentration in Italian Studies or a minor concentration in Italian are strongly advised to spend one semester of foreign study Florence, Italy.  Please visit the Office of Global Education (GEO) web page for further detailed information.