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International Studies and Languages Division

Modern Languages: Italian

The International Studies and Languages Division offers a minor and a major in Italian.

Italian Major

The Italian major prepares students to develop competency in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the Italian language. The student is provided with the tools to develop fluency. In addition to language skills, students study Italian culture, history, and literature.

Advanced Placement Credit

Students who receive a grade of "3" on the AP exam will receive four units of credit and satisfy ITAL 152. Those who receive a "4" will receive four units of credit and satisfy ITAL 251, thus satisfying the general education requirement in a foreign language. Students with a grade of "5" will receive four units of credit and satisfy ITAL 252. Additional placement may be determined by departmental examination, including an oral interview. ITAL 252 is the prerequisite to all 300-level courses.

Freshman-Year Program

The Italian major should enroll in the regular freshman program outlined in the Seaver College catalog and should begin the study of Italian. The course level is determined by a placement examination.

Although the information below is excerpted from the Seaver catalog, this is not an official binding document. To view the actual catalog visit Seaver Academic Catalog

Course Requirements

The prerequisite for all 300-level Italian courses is ITAL 252. The prerequisite for all 400-level Italian courses is the successful completion of any 300 level Italian course.

The Italian Studies major is required to take seven upper-division Italian courses (twenty-eight units) including four of the following courses: 

CourseID Course Description Units
ITAL 341 Advanced Italian Grammar, Conversation and Composition (WI) 4
ITAL 380 Italian Civilization 4
ITAL 450 Masterpieces of Italian Literature (PS, RM, WI) 4
  or  
ITAL 451 Contemporary Italian Literature 4
ITAL 452 Italian Theater  
ITAL 462 Italian Cinema from Neo-Realism to the Present (PS, WI) 4
  Choose three additional Italian courses in consultation with an Italian advisor 12

Program Learning Outcomes

A student who completes the Italian major should be able to:

  • Read, comprehend and evaluate content with a difficulty level from simple conversational text to technical, theoretical and literary passages.
  • Compose written documents that express, explain and analyze Italian culture and literature.
  • Understand aurally and respond orally to basic conversation, as well as more complex situations.
  • Describe and critique in written and verbal form Italian cultural manifestations and social as well as current issues related to belief systems, politics and social justice issues.

Italian Minor

Students majoring in other areas but interested in Italian may receive a minor by taking four upper-division classes in the language.

The Italian minor consists of the following:

CourseIDCourse DescriptionUnits
ITAL 252 Second Year Italian II 4
Four upper-division courses (16 units)

An Italian minor or major is required to spend two semesters in the overseas program in Florence, Italy or in an equivalent intensive experience in Italy. For more information about the Florence program please visit the International Programs Web site.

For a complete listing of all Italian courses, please click here.