How to Major/Minor in Italian

The Undergraduate Program in Italian

The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese offers a full range of courses in Italian language, literature, and culture. ITAL courses numbered in the 100's and 200's are introductory and intermediate language courses; ITAL 300's and 400's offer advanced language instruction, literary surveys, and literature; courses numbered in the 500's are open to both graduate and undergraduate students. ITTR 200 courses are given in English; in the 500 courses lectures are held in English, but readings are in Italian.

The Major in Italian

How do I major in Italian?

Students wishing to major in Italian should make an appointment with Professor Cristina Della Coletta, the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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One must complete 27 credits for a major and 18 for a minor. One can obtain forms for majoring from either Garrett Hall or Wilson 115.

Important: As of Fall 2000, the linguistic requirement will be eliminated. Professor Della Coletta will advise you on what other courses can fulfill the major requirements.

Do ITAL 101 to 202 count toward an Italian major?

No, these courses fulfill the college's Area Requirement and do not count toward an italian major. Additionally, ITAL 101, 102, 201 and 202 cannot be taken abroad or at another university

Are there any courses I can take while a freshman or sophomore that would count toward a major in Italian?

Yes, the department offers two courses in translation: ITTR 226: Dante's Inferno in Translation and ITTR ITTR 263: Italian History and Culture Through Film. These courses also fulfill the Humanities Area Requirement. The Dante course fulfills a World Literature requirement for English majors.

In addition, prospective majors (but not minors) can also take ARTH 231 or 232 (Italian Renaissance Art) or HIEU 321 or 351 (Renaissance History) and use them to count toward a major in Italian. These courses also fulfill the Humanities Area Requirement.

Can courses taken abroad be counted toward an Italian major?

Yes, but you must see Professor Adrienne Ward, who oversees Transfer Credits before going abroad. Keep in mind that no more than 9 of the 27 major credits can be taken abroad. In order for courses to be transferable, they must correspond in content and form to courses offered at UVA.

What does a major in Italian provide?

From early history to the present, Italy has played a major role in the shaping of Western civilization. The study of Italian literature and culture permits a broad humanistic investigation of Italy's rich cultural heritage. Italian majors have gone onto to successful careers in law, language teaching, business, computer technology, publishing, public relations, media, and international relations.

Also see Why study Italian?

Required Courses and Sequence

Prerequisite for enrolling in the program: ITAL 202 or its equivalent (evaluated by the Italian undergraduate adviser). Course requirement for the B.A. degree; 27 credits, taken within the program (except as noted below), including the following:

1. One ITTR 200-level course (ITTR 226-263) 3 cr.

Italian majors must do all reading and writing in Italian; lectures and discussions are in English. The course may be substituted by a 300-, 400-, or 500-level course.

2. ITAL 301 and 302 6 cr.

302 may precede 301. One of these must be completed before the student is admitted to a 300-level course.

3. ITAL 311 and 312 6 cr.

312 may precede 311.

4. Two ITAL 300-level courses 6 cr.

One 300 level Italian course may be substituted with either ARTH 231 (Italian Renaissance Art) or HIEU 321 (Medieval and Renaissance Italy). Prerequisite for 300-level courses; ITAL 301 or 302.

5. Two ITAL 400-level courses 6 cr.

One of these may be replaced by a 300- or 500- level course, with the adviser's consent.

The Minor in Italian

How do I minor in Italian?

To obtain more information about minoring in Italian, make an appointment with Professor Cristina Della Coletta. Students need 18 credits to minor.

Required Courses and Sequence


A minor undergraduate degree in Italian Language and Literature requires 18 credits in Italian; exclusive of elementary and intermediate language instruction (ITAL 101, 102, 201, and 202). The required courses and typical sequence (with occasional exceptions) are:

1.One ITTR 200-level course (ITTR 226-263) 3 cr.

Italian minors must do all reading and writing in Italian; lectures and discussions are in English. The course may be substituted by a 300-, 400-, or 500-level course.

2. ITAL 301 and 302 6 cr.

302 may precede 301.

3. ITAL 311 and 312 3 cr.

Should be taken in the same term as ITAL 301 or 302.

4.One 300- or 400- level course. 3 cr.

Prerequisite ITAL 301-302.




 

 

 

 


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