Italian Studies

The minor in Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study in Italian language, literature, art, history, and culture. A semester of study at an approved program in Italy is highly recommended, but not required. To earn the minor, students must demonstrate Italian linguistic competence and complete five approved courses at the 300-level or above. 

The minor offers some flexibility and can be tailored to complement major studies in anthropology, art history, history, medieval studies, music, and international and global studies.

As a rule, the department will offer two 300-level courses each year: one in the Advent semester, which will be taught in English and another in the Easter semester, which will be taught in Italian.

Requirements for the Minor in Italian Studies

The minor requires successful completion of the following:

Course Requirements
Select eight credits from the following:8
Introduction to Italian Literature
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to Prose
Italian Culture and Society
Special Topics
Directed Reading
Select four credits from the following:4
Petrarch's Many Tongues
Italian Americans in Cinema and Literature
Being Good in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Women Writers in Early Modern Italy
Special Topics
Select eight credits from the following:8
Imagining the Medieval Italian City
Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
Latin Literature in Translation
Representative Masterpieces
Courses in Latin (LATN) literature course numbered 300 or above
Additional courses in Italian (ITAL) numbered 300 or above
An approved study abroad content course taught in Italian 1
Total Semester Hours20

Students may apply up to two courses from an approved study abroad program to the minor. Each course is subject to departmental approval. Beginning and intermediate language/grammar courses will not count toward the minor. Generally, content courses that focus on some aspect of Italy (e.g. a history course on the Fascist period, an anthropology course on Italian food culture) will be approved, as will courses on any subject taught in Italian (e.g., a biology course taught at the Università di Ferrara).