College of Liberal Arts
The Italian Studies major is intended for students who desire a broad understanding of Italy and its culture. It provides extensive and multiple perspectives and insights into the Italian experience. It centers on Italy in its linguistic, artistic, literary, filmic and socio-political dimensions, drawing on appropriate courses from the departments of History, Political Science, the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Languages and Cultures and from the IDIS programs, Comparative Literature and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
In order to fulfill the requirements for the major in Italian Studies, the student must establish reading proficiency in Italian equivalent to Italian Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing Italian 20200, by examination or by other evidence acceptable to the School of Languages and Cultures.
The major in Italian Studies requires a minimum total of 33 hours of coursework: 24 hours of required courses from the School of Languages and Cultures and the departments of Art and Design and History, along with nine hours of electives from the School of Languages and Cultures and the departments of Art and Design, History, IDIS and Political Science.