Minor in Italian Studies
A Minor in Italian Studies is a very flexible program that allows you to organize and design a curriculum that benefits your interests, be it in language, literature, cinema, art and culture at large. You can choose from a variety of existing courses in Italian language, art, history and film. If you have a personal interest in a specific subject related to Italy and Italian culture that is not covered in the regular courses offered, you can pursue it through a series of independent studies.
The Minor in Italian Studies requires that you take a minimum of 18 credits of course-work. You can design your own curriculum, freely choosing among the following list of courses offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures (all courses are worth 3 semester hours, unless otherwise specified).
- ITAL 213 - Intermediate Italian I
- ITAL 214 - Intermediate Italian II
- ITAL 300 - Italian: Advanced Conversation
- ITAL 301 - Third-Year Italian: Composition and Conversation
- ITAL 302 - Third-Year Italian: Composition and Conversation
- ITAL 303 - Third-Year Readings in Italian: Subtitle Varies
- ITAL 315 - Italian Translation I
- ITAL 321 - Italian Culture and Civilization
- ITAL 322 - Italian Popular Culture
- ITAL 387 - Study Abroad in Foreign Language, Literature, or Culture III
- ITAL 401 - Advanced Italian Grammar and Composition I
- ITAL 402 - Advanced Italian Grammar and Composition II
- ITAL 403 - Advanced Reading Proficiency in Italian
- ITAL 409 - Independent Study
- ITAL 440 - Topics in Italian Literature
- ITAL 449 - Italian Culture Through Films
- ITAL 462 - Dante's Divine Comedy
- ITAL 463 - Boccaccio's Decameron
- ITAL 490 - Topics in Italian Studies
To fulfill the requirements towards your Minor in Italian Studies you can also utilize the following courses, offered outside the Department of World Languages and Cultures:
- HIST 458 - Roman Civilization
- ART 463 - History of Early Renaissance Art
Upper division level (300-400) courses not listed here that nonetheless deal with Italy and Italian culture can also count towards your Minor in Italian Studies, subject to pre-approval.
- Students will be able to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
- Students will be able to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
- Students will be able to present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
- Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
- Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products (artifacts) and perspectives of the cultures studied.
- Students will be able to reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
- Students will be able to acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
- Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
- Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
- Students will be able to use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
- Students will be able to show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
The study of Italian language and culture is a keystone of any humanistic curriculum and of any well-rounded education. It holds both scholarly and practical applications. Students of Italian also gain a better understanding of English, in that 60 percent of English derives from Latin, as does Italian. Italy is one of the most industrialized countries and knowledge of Italian is advantageous in a broad range of careers, such as international business, journalism, politics and tourism.