Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Italian class at USD or elsewhere.
Preparation for the Italian Studies Major
Students must have finished Italian 202 or the equivalent, thereby demonstrating proficiency in oral and written expression. Lower-division courses provide the necessary training in the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) as well as basic cultural competency. Upper-division courses further develop these skills and bring students to a level of proficiency of Advanced Low to Advanced High on the ACTFL scale. The experience of living and studying in Italy is highly recommended.
Requirements for the Italian Studies Major:
24 units (8 courses) of upper-division work of which a minimum of 18 units (6 courses) must be in Italian (ITAL). The remaining 6 units may be either in Italian (ITAL) or interdisciplinary courses taught in English.
A minimum of 18 upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus.
Italian 202, or placement into upper division courses through the department's placement process.
Italian Courses (ITAL) Required:
|(1) Early Modern Period Course||ITAL 320, 410, 420, or 394 and 494 when applicable|
|(1) Modern or Contemporary Period Course||ITAL 321, 403, 411, 412, 413, or 394 and 494 when applicable|
|(2) Elective Upper-Division Italian Courses|
Students can complete all coursework in Italian. However, a maximum of 6 upper-division units (2 courses) may be taken in English from among the courses listed below, their equivalents, or other appropriate courses. In order for an interdisciplinary course to count for the major in Italian Studies, one of the following conditions must be met: 1) the course inherently includes significant content on Italy or Italian topics; or 2) during the course the student completes a project (e.g. research paper, presentation, portfolio, etc.) with a substantial focus on Italy or Italian topics. In either case, in order to count for the major in Italian Studies, all interdisciplinary courses require submission of an Approval of Interdisciplinary Coursework application prior to enrolling in the course. Download the form here, and consult with the Director of Italian Studies.
Interdisciplinary Courses – Double Counting:
The Department of Languages and Literatures will allow students to count interdisciplinary courses for both the Italian Studies major and any other major the student may have.
Interdisciplinary Courses with Preliminary Approval:
|ARTH 334||Art of the Twentieth Century in Europe and the Americas|
|ARTH 342||Contemporary Architecture|
|COMM 475||Intercultural Communication|
|ECON 333||International Economics (Prereq: ECON 102)|
|FINA 405||International Financial Management (Prereq: FINA 300)|
|MKTG 305||International Marketing (Prereq: MKTG 300)|
|HIST 312||Roman Civilization|
|HIST 321||The Fall of the Roman Empire|
|HIST 322||Castles and Crusades|
|HIST 331||Renaissance Europe|
|HIST 341||World War II|
|SOCI 460||Immigrant America|
Other bulletin courses and special topics courses may count provided they have significant content on Italy or Italian topics. Consult with the Director of Italian Studies.
Recommended Program of Study for the Italian Studies Major:
|Semester 1||Semester 1||Semester 1||Semester 1|
|ITAL 101||ITAL 201||ITAL 301
(1) Interdisciplinary Course
ITAL 412 - or other 400 level course
|Semester 2||Semester 2||Semester 2||Semester 2|
|ITAL 102||ITAL 202||ITAL 302
|ITAL 410 - or other 400 level course
(1) Interdisciplinary Course
|Early Modern||ITAL 320, 410, 420, or 394 and 494 when applicable|
|Modern||ITAL 321, 403, 411, or 394 and 494 when applicable|
|Contemporary||ITAL 321, 403, 412, 413, or 394 and 494 when applicable|
All courses for the minor must be taken in Italian (ITAL). A minimum of 6 upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus.
Two options are available:
- 18 units: at least 9 of the 18 units must be in upper division courses (numbered 300 or higher) in Italian (for instance, 102 + 201 + 202 + 3 U/D units).
- 12 units of upper-division courses in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 202 or equivalent and approval by the department chair.