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Italian StudiesMajor

Degree AwardedBA
Hours To Complete36 - 42
Courses Required10-12
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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. 

Students must complete 36-42 credit hours in Italian Studies courses to complete the major. The required language sequence is 101,102, 201, 202, 301, 302 and two 470 course but may waived courses in the sequence based on their placement :

  • For students beginning with 101, 42 credit hours including 8 credits for the 101-102 sequence are required to complete the major;
  • For students beginning with 102, 38 credit hours including 4 credits for 102 are required;
  • For students beginning with courses numbered 201 or higher, 36 credit hours are required, including the language sequence classes that follow the initial enrolled course (i.e. 202, 301, 302, 470)

Regardless of placement, required components of the
major include the following:

  • 2 advanced level courses in Italian language (ITAL 470 topics classes or equivalents);
  • 1 course in ITAL 300 level either Culture or Literature (in English or Italian)
  • 3 pre-approved courses (In Italian or English) offered at Emory University, either from the Italian studies program (any 200-300 or 400 level) or another department, including but not limited to, Film Studies, History, Art History, Music, Political Science, or Philosophy or abroad, where the main focus of the course is Italian culture, literature, art, politics etc..

An Academic study abroad program in Italy is not mandatory but strongly encouraged.


ITAL 101 and ITAL 102 or approval of the Program Director