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Majoring in Italian

Overview of Undergraduate Majors in Italian

Nine options! a Major, Supplementary Major, and Honors Major in each of two concentrations, plus a Minor,  a Major in Romance Languages, and an International Economics Major (see separate sheet).

The Literature and Culture Concentration is for students who want the deepest immersion and proficiency in the language, and who wish to study great literature, cinema, and general Italian culture mostly in Italian.  This concentration is recommended also for anyone contemplating graduate work in Italian.

The Italian Studies Concentration is for students who wish to craft their own program centered on Italy, with basic proficiency in the language, but with more flexibility and interdisciplinarity (courses taught in English).

Courses 20000 level and above count; no more than two 20000 courses count (ROIT 20215 counts as two).

Lang/lit/culture courses are taught in Italian, and usually originate in the Italian program (ROIT).  They generally focus on language, literature, cinema, and general Italian culture and civilization.

Italian studies courses are courses on Italian subjects taught in either English or Italian.  They may be ROIT courses on literature, cinema, culture, etc…, but they may also come from other programs (with or without an ROIT listing), such as LLRO, Art History, History, Classics, Music, FTT, Architecture, Political Science, etc....

 

Literature and Culture Concentration (worksheet)

Major (10 courses)

a) min. 8 lang/lit/culture courses taught in Italian (including ROIT 30711, 30721, 53000)
b) max. 2 ital studies courses taught in English

Supplementary Major (8 courses)

a) min. 6 lang/lit/culture courses taught in Italian (including ROIT 30711, 30721, 53000)
b) max. 2 ital studies courses taught in English

Honors Major (11 courses)

a) all requirements for lit/culture major, plus:
b) ROIT 58000, or ROIT (lit/culture) grad course
c) Honors thesis, written over two semesters
c) minimum 3.6 GPA in major

Italian Studies Concentration (worksheet)

Major (10 courses)

a) 5 lang/lit/culture courses taught in Italian (including ROIT 30711 or 30721, and at least one 40000 level course, not 41590)
b) 5 ital studies courses (including 4 above 20000, one at 40000); no more than 3 disciplines
c) adviser or committee to approve course selection

Supplementary Major (8 courses)

a) 4 lang/lit/culture courses taught in Italian (but not ROIT 41590)
b) 4 ital studies courses (including 3 above 20000); no more than 3 disciplines
c) adviser or committee to approve course selection

Honors Major (11 courses)

a) all requirements for ital studies major, plus:
b) ROIT 53000 (Italian Seminar)
c) ROIT 58000 (or grad course)
d) Honors thesis, written over two semesters
e) minimum 3.6 GPA in major

Minor in Italian (5 courses)

a) min. 3 lang/lit/culture courses taught in Italian
b) max. 2 ital studies courses taught in English

Romance Lang & Lit Major (12 courses)

a) combine Italian with French or Spanish
b) Textual Analysis (=ROIT 30310) in 1 program
c) ROIT 30711 and 30721
d) 2 (French) or 4 (Spanish) survey courses
e) 2 40000 level courses in each program
f) Senior Seminar (i.e. ROIT 53000) in 1 program
g) 2 elective courses, one from each program
                (20000 level or above)

The Italian program does not cap double-counting from other majors / requirements.                03/10/18