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Modern Languages & Literatures

Italian

Objectives

The Italian minor introduces students to the rich, complex culture of Italy, first by providing them with basic linguistic skills in the Italian language, and subsequently by familiarizing them with important literary works produced in Italy over the centuries as well as with historically significant films.

Italian Minor Learning Outcomes

Italian minors will know:

  • The principal elements of Italian syntax and morphology
  • Representative works of Italian literature, cinema, and other forms of cultural production
  • Theoretical concepts essential for the analysis of these texts.

Italian minors will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms in Italian
  • Understand spoken Italian
  • Read modern Italian literature
  • Apply acquired critical skills to textual analysis and scholarly research.

Italian minors will be encouraged to value:

  • The distinctive contributions of Italian culture to world civilization
  • The interconnectedness of all cultures in the global era
  • The complex ways in which issues of social justice find expression in cultural production.

Minor Requirements

The minor consists of 18 semester hours taken above the 100 level: ITAL 203, 204, and four courses taken from upper division offerings. Students who have not previously studied Italian and who wish to declare a minor in Italian are advised to begin their study of the language in their freshman year.

The ITAL 101, 102, 203 series is recommended for those who seek a basic speaking, writing, and reading knowledge of the language. This series requires one hour of independent study in the language lab each week.

Students with previous knowledge of the language or with course credit in Italian are requested to contact the department to schedule a placement exam.