Italian Major

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Effective communication in the target language (TL)

Outcome 1.1: Students will narrate and describe in the TL in spoken form in all major time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length with general clarity of lexicon and a moderate level of detail.

Outcome 1.2: Students will compose written texts in the TL that summarize, evaluate or describe concrete or abstract items, notions, events or persons, in major time frames in paragraph length discourse, with a lexicon relevant to the topic.

Goal 2: Critical and interpretive thinking in the target language (TL)

Outcome 2.1: Students will interpret and analyze the main ideas, relevant facts and details about works of literary, cinematic and/or artistic expression in the target language (TL).

Outcome 2.2: Students will be able to pursue research, gather data, do analysis and report results by using TL as a tool of investigation and as a means of communication.

Goal 3: Knowledge of the target language (TL) culture(s)

Outcome 3.1: Students will be able to describe accurately in the TL with moderate detail some aspect of the TL cultures (perspectives, products, and/or practices)

Outcome 3.2: Students will compare and contrast in the target language similarities and differences between the students’ own cultures and those of the target language (TL).

Goal 4: Inclusion and diversity

Outcome 4.1: Students will articulate and defend multiple perspectives on diverse human beliefs, abilities, experiences, identities, or cultures in a global context.

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

GEP Electives

A varying number of courses, typically nine to twelve.

Major Concentration

Course requirements for the major in Italian are as follows:

10 courses (30 credits) , including ITA 201 and ITA 202 and eight courses at the 300 level or higher. 201/202 are waived if the language placement process determines that the student ought to begin studies in Italian in a course at a higher level.

Select two of the following:
Italian Composition
Advanced Italian Conversation
The Roman Experience
Italian Stylistics
Italy Through Art
Italian Through Film
The Ita Bus Wrld & its Lang
Italian Culture & Civilization
Topics & Meth for Teaching Ita
Medieval/Early Modern
Select one of the following:
Ita Journeys from Marco Polo
Profane and Sacred Love
The Medici Court
Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio
Select two of the following:
I giovani e l’Italia di oggi
Art Fashion: la moda italiana
Modern Italian Culture
Topics in Italian
Early Ita Cinema-Stage to Scrn
L'Italiano al Cinema
From Novel to Film
Imges of Rome:Papl Rome - Pres
Rebels and Revolutionaries
Italy in Age of Grand Tour
Women's Voices
The Birth of a Nation: Italy

The remaining ITA credits must include ITA courses at the 300 or 400 levels.

Italian Honor Society

The department has an active chapter of the National Italian Honor Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha. A yearly initiation ceremony is held during the spring semester. For more information, including requirements and an application, please visit the Italian Program homepage: