Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies
The Italian Studies program has the following goals:
- To prepare students to read, write and speak Italian with proficiency.
- To offer knowledge of the social, literary, and cultural history of Italy.
- To train students in the skills of research, analysis, and critical thinking.
- To provide the tools to experience directly, interact with, and appreciate the Italian culture.
- To prepare students to operate within today’s global world with the necessary intercultural skills.
- To prepare students for successful careers in administrative, professional or business positions in Italy or for graduate training in the U.S. or Italy.
The Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies requires successful completion of 120 credits made up of a 40-credit General Education requirement, a 36-credit major and 44 credits of free electives. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.00 on a 4.00 scale and earn at least a C grade (2.00) in every core course in the major (24 credits).
Requirements for the Degree
A. Proficiency in English, Mathematics and Italian Language
A note on our Proficiency Requirements and Placement Examinations: All new first-year students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics and English. New transfer students are exempt from taking the examinations only if transfer credits in mathematics and/or English have been accepted by AUR. Italian language tests are given for students wishing to register for a course above ITL 101 (optional). The tests are given during orientation week preceding the start of each semester. The scores obtained will be used for English, mathematics and Italian placement.
B. The General Education Requirements
- Foundational Skills: First Year Seminar; Writing Skills; Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning; Italian language; IT skills; Information Literacy; Oral Presentation Skills
- The Individual in a Multicultural Society; Three courses from a list in the Catalog
- United States Government and Society; One course from a list in the Catalog
- Roma Caput Mundi; One course from a list in the Catalog
C. Core Courses
- HST 200 History of Modern Italy
- ITL 202 Intermediate Italian II
- ITL 300 Advanced Italian I Grammar and Composition
- ITL 498 Capstone Experience (Research Methodology and Bibliography)
- ITL 499 Capstone Experience (Thesis)
- Plus four courses chosen from lists in the Catalog.
Italian Studies Electives
Students may take any four courses from a list in the Catalog. At least three courses must be upper level.
Free electives can be used towards satisfying a minor, to supplement a major or to explore other academic areas.