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Italian StudiesMajor

Degree AwardedBA
Hours To Complete36 - 48
Courses Required12
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Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary major whose focus is the study of Italy from a multifaceted point of view: literary, cultural, historical, artistic, philosophical, and political. It includes courses whose primary objective is to acquaint students with Italy, not only as a vital contributor to world intellectual and cultural history, but also with Italy's role and reality in today's world. The Italian Studies major is composed of ten classes. Six of these courses are required in Italian and follow the natural sequence of language to literature. They are 201, 202, 301, 302, and two fourth-year classes, usually 300 and 470. Students are highly encouraged to enroll in one Italian studies survey course, either 170 or 171 (number may vary), or the 270R course, taught on location during the Italy Summer Program. Three courses or more may be chosen from the following departments: Italian, Art History, Classical Studies, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. Other appropriate courses may be found in the Course Atlas and submitted to Program Director for approval. Participation in the summer or semester programs in Italy is highly recommended especially for majors.


ITAL 101 and ITAL 102 or approval of the Program Director