Yes

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 301W3
ITAL 302Contemporary Italy: Culture, Politics and Society3
Select one of the following courses on the early modern period :3
ITAL 320Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the 17th Century
ITAL 410Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
and Topics in Literature, Language, or Culture (when applicable)
ITAL 420Dante and His Times
Select one of the following courses on the modern or contemporary period:3
ITAL 321Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture II: From the Enlightenment to Today
ITAL 403Studies in Italian Film
ITAL 411Studies in Modern Italian Literature and Culture
ITAL 412Studies in Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture
Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
and Topics in Literature, Language, or Culture (when applicable)
ITAL 413DItalian 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 with Preliminary Approval:

ARCH 321City and Utopia: Introduction to History of Urbanism3
ARTH/ARCH 322Contemporary Architecture3
ARTH 334Art of the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries in Europe and the Americas3
COMM 475Intercultural Communication3
ECON 333International Economics (Prereq: ECON 101 and MATH 130, 150 or 151)3
ENGL 310
FINA 405International Financial Management (Prereq: FINA 300))3
HIST 312Roman Civilization3
HIST 321The Fall of the Roman Empire3
HIST 322Castles and Crusades: Medieval Europe, 1050-14503-4
HIST 331The Global Renaissance3
HIST 341World War II3
MKTG 305Global Marketing (Prereq: MKTG 300 and MATH 130, 150 or 151)3

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 with preliminary approval.

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 301W ITAL 3023
ITAL 394 or Interdisciplinary course3
Semester II
ITAL 301W ITAL 3023
ITAL 320 321Introduction 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

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.

Requirements for the Italian Minor

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.

  1. 18 units: at least 9 of the 18 units must be upper division courses (at the 300 level or higher) in Italian.
  2. 12 units of upper-division courses in Italian. Prerequisites: Fourth-semester competency in Italian and approval of department chair.

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.

ITAL 101, ITAL 102, ITAL 140, ITAL 141, ITAL 142, ITAL 194, ITAL 201, ITAL 202, ITAL 230, ITAL 293, ITAL 294, ITAL 302, ITAL 315, ITAL 320, ITAL 321, ITAL 340, ITAL 394, ITAL 403, ITAL 410, ITAL 411, ITAL 412, ITAL 413D, ITAL 420, ITAL 493, ITAL 494, ITAL 495, ITAL 499

ITAL 101 | FIRST SEMESTER ITALIAN

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Essentials of Italian grammar with emphasis on communicative proficiency and cultural awareness. Development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students with no previous knowledge of Italian must complete the Waiver for 101 on the Department’s website (https://www.sandiego.edu/cas/languages/requirements-and-placement/). Students with some knowledge of Italian must take the USD Placement Exam on the same website and register in the appropriate level. Every semester.

ITAL 102 | SECOND SEMESTER ITALIAN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITAL 101 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Same orientation as in ITAL 101. Further development of communicative proficiency and cultural and intercultural awareness for students who have completed Italian 101 or have previous knowledge of the language. Stress on listening, speaking, reading and writing.

ITAL 140 | TOPICS IN ITALIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Italian literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

ITAL 141 | TOPICS IN ITALIAN LITERATURE, FILM OR CULTURE-DOMESTIC FOCUS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Italian literature, film and/or culture with a Domestic Focus. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

ITAL 142 | TOPICS IN ITALIAN LITERATURE, FILM OR CULTURE–GLOBAL FOCUS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Italian literature, film and/or culture with a global focus. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

ITAL 194 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ITALIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in Italian literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

ITAL 201 | THIRD SEMESTER ITALIAN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITAL 102 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency and cultural awareness. At this level students may be encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the Italian speaking community. Prerequisites: ITAL 102 or equivalent, or Placement Exam. Every semester. ITAL 201.

ITAL 202 | FOURTH SEMESTER ITALIAN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITAL 201 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Review and expansion of language structures, as well as practice in reading, composition and conversation in preparation for upper-division work.

ITAL 230 | INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITAL 201 or ITAL 202

Intensive practice in spoken Italian based on assigned topics. This course does not count toward the major or the minor, but does count as elective units toward graduation.

ITAL 293 | LANGUAGE TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN ITALIAN

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in Italian are developed.

ITAL 294 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: ITAL 202

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with instructor or the department chair.

ITAL 302 | CONTEMPORARY ITALY: CULTURE, POLITICS AND SOCIETY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ITAL 202 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Study of relevant aspects of Italian culture, politics, and society, and of key moments in Italian history.

ITAL 315 | L2 TEACHING METHODOLOGIES AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITAL 301 or ITAL 302

An introduction to the history of second language teaching methods, applied linguistics, and the fundamentals of second language teaching. Initial training in the skills needed to be a second language teacher.

ITAL 320 | INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I: FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE 17TH CENTURY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ITAL 301 or ITAL 302 or ITAL 394

Introduction to the major works of Italian literature, in their socio-cultural context, from the birth of the language to the 17th century.

ITAL 321 | INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE II: FROM THE ENLIGHTENMENT TO TODAY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ITAL 301 or ITAL 302 or ITAL 394

Introduction to the major works of Italian literature, in their socio-cultural context, from the 18th century to present times.

ITAL 340 | TOPICS IN ITALIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: ITAL 202 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Study at the third-year level of a topic in literature and culture. (Repeatable if topic differs).

ITAL 394 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3-6 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: ITAL 202 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with instructor. May be taken for credit each time topic changes.

ITAL 403 | STUDIES IN ITALIAN FILM

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: ITAL 320 or ITAL 321

A study of relevant aspects of Italy’s rich cinematic tradition. The course can be repeated when the topic changes.

ITAL 410 | STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ITALY

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: ITAL 320 or ITAL 321

A study of relevant aspects of the literature, culture and society of Medieval, Humanist and Renaissance Italy. This course can be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

ITAL 411 | STUDIES IN MODERN ITALIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITAL 320 or ITAL 321

A study of relevant aspects of the literature, culture and society of 18th- and 19th-century Italy. Particular emphasis is given to the discussion of Italian Risorgimento and the construction and representation of Italian national and cultural identity.

ITAL 412 | STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITAL 320 or ITAL 321

A study of relevant aspects of the literature, culture and society of 20th- and 21st-century Italy.

ITAL 413D | ITALIAN LITERATURE OF MIGRATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITAL 320 or ITAL 321

A study of works by native and non-native Italian writers that deal with the questions of migration, multiculturalism and otherness.

ITAL 420 | DANTE AND HIS TIMES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITAL 320 or ITAL 321

A study of Dante’s Divina Commedia and other selected works in their literary and historical context.

ITAL 493 | LANGUAGE TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN ITALIAN

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in Italian are developed.

ITAL 494 | TOPICS IN LITERATURE, LANGUAGE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: ITAL 320 or ITAL 321

Study of special topics in Italian literature, language, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal.

ITAL 495 | SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT

Units: 1-3

This is a culminating experience in which students reflect upon and integrate aspects of their entire undergraduate study. Through a writing project, an oral presentation, and an exit interview, students demonstrate their achievement of the program learning outcomes. The capstone is taken concurrently with one of the last two upper-division courses for the major, to which it is thematically linked. Consult with program director. Capstone projects are approved by the program director.

ITAL 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

A program arranged between the advanced student and the instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. Extensive reading and consultation are required, as well as preparation of reports to be assigned by the instructor. A maximum of 3 units may be applied toward the major or the minor.

Italian
Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

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