Italian Studies Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Preparation for the Italian Studies Major

Students must have finished ITAL 202 or the equivalent (e.g. placement in upper division through the Department's Placement exam), 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

25 units of upper-division work—8 courses plus the 1-unit capstone project—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 approved interdisciplinary courses taught in English in other Departments.

A minimum of 18 upper-division units must be taken on  the USD campus.

Italian Courses (ITAL) Required
ITAL 301Writing and Composition in Italian3
ITAL 302Contemporary Italy: Culture, Politics and Society3
Select one of the following courses on the early modern period :3
Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the 17th Century
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
and Topics in Literature, Language, or Culture (when applicable)
Dante and His Times
Select one of the following courses on the modern or contemporary period:3
Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture II: From the Enlightenment to Today
Studies in Italian Film
Studies in Modern Italian Literature and Culture
Studies in Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture
Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
and Topics in Literature, Language, or Culture (when applicable)
Italian Literature of Migration
Select 2 elective upper-division Italian courses6
ITAL 495Senior Capstone Project 11-3
1

The  capstone project is carried out in the student’s last year  in the program, and it should be linked thematically to  one of the last two upper-division courses taken for the  major. The student must consult with the program  director to determine her or his project and enroll in ITAL 495.

Interdisciplinary 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 offered on campus or by our approved study-abroad programs in Italy. 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, all interdisciplinary courses require prior written approval of the Director of Italian. You should meet with the Director before registering for the class.

Interdisciplinary Courses – Double Counting:

The Department of Languages and Literatures will grant credit towards the Italian Studies major for interdisciplinary courses taken for another major.

Interdisciplinary Courses:

Six units of interdisciplinary courses from the following list:6
City and Utopia: Introduction to History of Urbanism
Contemporary Architecture
Art of the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries in Europe and the Americas
Intercultural Communication
International Economics (Prereq: ECON 101 and MATH 130, 150 or 151)
Dante
International Financial Management (Prereq: FINA 300))
Roman Civilization
The Fall of the Roman Empire
Castles and Crusades: Medieval Europe, 1050-1450
The Global Renaissance
World War II
Global Marketing (Prereq: MKTG 300 and MATH 130, 150 or 151)

Other catalog courses and special topics courses may count provided they have significant content on Italy or Italian topics. You must consult with the Director of Italian about all interdisciplinary courses, including those in the list above.

Recommended Program of Study for the Italian Studies Major

This program of study is designed for incoming freshmen with little or no previous knowledge of the Italian language. Students with sufficient prior language preparation, as determined through the department’s placement policy, may initiate upper-division course work as early as their freshman year. Additionally, students can also take one or both of the interdisciplinary courses in English as early as their freshman or sophomore years. 

First Year
Semester IHours
ITAL 101First Semester Italian3
Semester II
ITAL 102Second Semester Italian3
Second Year
Semester I
ITAL 201Third Semester Italian3
Students may also take an interdisciplinary course taught in English 
Semester II
ITAL 202Fourth Semester Italian3
Students may also take an interdisciplinary course taught in English 
Junior Year
Semester I
ITAL 301
or 302
Writing and Composition in Italian
Contemporary Italy: Culture, Politics and Society
3
ITAL 394 or Interdisciplinary course3
Semester II
ITAL 301
or 302
Writing and Composition in Italian
Contemporary Italy: Culture, Politics and Society
3
ITAL 320
or 321
Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the 17th Century
Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture II: From the Enlightenment to Today
3
Senior Year
Semester I
Upper Division course3
Upper Division course3
Semester II
Upper Division course3
Upper Division course or Interdisciplinary course3
ITAL 495Senior Capstone Project (linked to Upper Division course)1-3