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Italian Studies B.A.

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 30 to 50
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The Italian studies undergraduate program examines Italian and Italian-American literature, culture, society, and history. Courses offered provide a historical perspective from the Middle Ages to the present. Students explore a variety of themes ranging from nation-building and national identity to emigration and travel, to gender relations and feminist discourses, to the study of different narrative forms and representations of Italian and Italian-American culture. Students are encouraged to take courses in other departments when these are related to Italian and Italian-American culture. For further information and updates, see the department website at http://cla.umn.edu/french-italian.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete Italian language study equivalent to four semesters (intermediate level) before beginning the major.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Prerequisite Courses
Students must complete the following courses or place out through EPT or LPE examinations.
Take 0 - 20 course(s) from the following:
· ITAL 1001 - Beginning Italian (5.0 cr)
· ITAL 1002 - Beginning Italian (5.0 cr)
· ITAL 1003 - Intermediate Italian (5.0 cr)
· ITAL 1004 - Intermediate Italian (5.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of Italian. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. CLA BA degrees require 18 upper-division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the Italian Studies BA is ITAL. Students may earn a BA or a minor in Italian, but not both. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Major Courses
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ITAL 3015 - Reading, Conversation, and Composition (4.0 cr)
Electives
All ITAL 3xxx, 4xxx, and 5xxx courses not counting towards a different major requirement may count as Electives. With the approval of the Italian studies undergraduate adviser, courses taken through other departments (e.g., art history, English, history, music) may count toward the Italian Studies BA when they pertain to Italian studies topics.
Take 8 or more course(s) totaling 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ITAL 3305 - Staging the Self: Theater and Drama in Modern Italy (4.0 cr)
· ITAL 3502 - Making of Modern Italy: From the Enlightenment to the Present. (3.0 cr)
· ITAL 3550 - Topics in 19th Century Italy (3.0 cr)
· ITAL 3640 - Topics in Italian Studies (3.0 cr)
· ITAL 3837 - Imagining Italy: Italian and Italian-American Culture, History, and Society through Film [AH, GP] (4.0 cr)
· ITAL 5401 - Mondo di Dante (4.0 cr)
· ARCH 4424 - Renaissance Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4425 - Baroque Architecture (3.0 cr)
· FRIT 5257 - Passionate Beings: Literary and Medical Problematics in Italy and France from 1800 to the Present (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3053 - Ancient Civilization: Rome [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3621 - Creating the Modern World in Medieval Europe: The Renaissance, 1200-1600 (3.0 cr)
· MEST 3610 - Topics in Medieval Studies (3.0-4.0 cr)
· MUS 5620 - Topics in Opera History (3.0 cr)
· CNES 3104 - Ancient Rome: Kings and Consuls (3.0 cr)
· CNES 3107 - Age of Constantine the Great (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3040 - Studies in Film (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 5335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3706 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3315 - The Age of Curiosity: Art and Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800. [AH, TS] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3708 - The Age of Curiosity: Art and Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800 [AH, TS] (3.0 cr)
· CNES 3108 - Age of St. Augustine of Hippo (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3541 - Age of St. Augustine of Hippo (3.0 cr)
Senior Project
The senior project involves research and writing in Italian on an approved issue or theme. Projects can include scholarly paper, or creative artistic piece such as musical composition, photography, poetry, fiction, etc. All projects include a research/analytical component. Students must register for an approved elective with concurrent registration in ITAL 3459W. All projects must be developed under the supervision of the faculty teaching the approved elective course.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 2 credit(s) from the following:
· Students who complete the senior project in another CLA department must take one more elective to reach the 30-credit minumum for the BA.
· ITAL 3459W - Senior Project [WI] (2.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ITAL 3459W - Senior Project [WI] (2.0 cr)
 
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ITAL 1001 - Beginning Italian
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01218
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Emphasis on the four language skills (listening, speaking, writing, and reading) and on Italian culture.
ITAL 1002 - Beginning Italian
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01219 - Flor 1002/Ital 1002/Ital 4002
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Listening, speaking, writing, reading. Italian culture. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
ITAL 1003 - Intermediate Italian
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01220 - Flor 1003/Ital 1003/Ital 4003
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
BENVENUTI AL 3 SEMESTRE D?ITALIANO! Throughout the semester in Italian 1003, you will be able to consider your own point of view while learning about various Italian perspectives as we examine topics ranging from housing and historical and contemporary urban design to responsible tourism, linguistic variety, and social problems. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to use Italian to communicate in everyday situations to share personal information about yourself, express your opinions, wishes and desires, make suggestions and give advice, as well as appropriately use active vocabulary. You will continue to acquire basic cross-cultural pragmatic information to help you manage conversations in a culturally appropriate manner, and once again, you will expand your cultural knowledge by talking face to face with your Italian Tandem partner several times over the semester. As with other Italian language course, preparatory activities designed to encourage you to analyze grammatical points in question need to be completed before class so class time can be primarily devoted to meaningful interactions in Italian. Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to enroll in Italian 1004.
ITAL 1004 - Intermediate Italian
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01221 - Ital 1004/Ital 4004
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Grammar review and development of intermediate level of proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Emphasis on some cultural aspects of contemporary Italy. prereq: 1001, 1002, 1003
ITAL 3015 - Reading, Conversation, and Composition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intensive reading, writing, speaking practice. Study of cultural materials in authentic formats. prereq: 1004
ITAL 3305 - Staging the Self: Theater and Drama in Modern Italy
Credits: 4.0 [max 16.0]
Course Equivalencies: Ital 3305/5305
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theatrical representations of the self in modern Italy. Particular attention given to issues of identity, gender, and class in theatrical works ranging from Alfieri's Mirra, Pirandello's Enrico IV to Dacia Maraini's Clyteminestra. prereq: 3015
ITAL 3502 - Making of Modern Italy: From the Enlightenment to the Present.
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00693 - Ital 3502/5502
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Italian literary, cultural, and symbolic practices from the Enlightenment to the present. prereq: 3015
ITAL 3550 - Topics in 19th Century Italy
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Literature/culture of Italy in 19th century. Content varies depending on instructor. Literary, critical, cultural, historical, or social issues. Specific author, genre, or topic of interest. Readings. Specific content posted in department/listed in Course Guide. prereq: 3015 or instr consent
ITAL 3640 - Topics in Italian Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Topics of interest in studies of Italian or Italian American culture of 20th century. Literary, critical, cultural, historical, or social issues, a specific author, a genre, or other topic. Content varies by instructor, see Course Guide. prereq: 3015 or instr consent
ITAL 3837 - Imagining Italy: Italian and Italian-American Culture, History, and Society through Film (AH, GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01133
Typically offered: Every Fall
Weekly guest lectures and critical readings expand from different disciplinary perspectives upon issues raised by films. Urban life, religion, nationalism, opera, violence, leisure, food, fascism, terrorism, family, emigration/immigration, ethnicity, Mediterranean culture.
ITAL 5401 - Mondo di Dante
Credits: 4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Intensive reading of Dante's Inferno, Purgatorio, and Vita Nuova with emphasis on Dante's linguistic and cultural contributions. prereq: 3015, 3201 or instr consent
ARCH 4424 - Renaissance Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01094 - Arch 4424/Arch 5424
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History of architecture and urban design in Italy, from 1400 to 1600. Emphasizes major figures (Brunelleschi, Alberti, Bramante, Palladio) and evolution of major cities (Rome, Florence, Venice). prereq: 3411 or instr consent
ARCH 4425 - Baroque Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01095 - Arch 4425/Arch 5425
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Architecture and urban design in Italy, from 1600 to 1750. Emphasizes major figures (Bernini, Borromini, Cortona, Guarini) and evolution of major cities (Rome, Turin). prereq: 3411 or instr consent
FRIT 5257 - Passionate Beings: Literary and Medical Problematics in Italy and France from 1800 to the Present
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Literary and medical representations of the passions in France and in Italy from 1800 to the present. Texts range from theatrical works to medical treatises on the passions as ways for exploring notions of subjectivity, responsibility, order. Taught in English.
HIST 3053 - Ancient Civilization: Rome (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
A broad survey of the culture and history of Rome from its origins to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire in the third and fourth centuries A.D.
HIST 3621 - Creating the Modern World in Medieval Europe: The Renaissance, 1200-1600
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Political/cultural history of city-states of northern/central Italy, 1200-1550. Emphasizes Florence/Venice. Readings include Dante, Machiavelli. prereq: Intro course in European history before 1500 recommended
MEST 3610 - Topics in Medieval Studies
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fall of Rome through end of Middle Ages (ca. 300-1500 A.D.). Topics specified in Class Schedule.
MUS 5620 - Topics in Opera History
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of specific operas. Development of opera in context of other artistic, social, cultural, political events, movements, changes. Periods/countries vary each semester.
CNES 3104 - Ancient Rome: Kings and Consuls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Roman Republic from origins to Caesar's death.
CNES 3107 - Age of Constantine the Great
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Change/continuity in Roman Empire from its 2nd-century zenith through 3rd-century crisis, first Christian emperor (306 to 337 A.D.), and beyond. Replacement of classical paganism by Christianity. Beginnings of monasticism. Superpower relations between Roman, Persian empires. Meets with 1023.
ENGL 3040 - Studies in Film
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01610 - EngL 3040/EngL 3040H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics regarding film in variety of interpretive contexts, from range/historic development of American, English, Anglophone film.
ARTH 3335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/ArtH 5335/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
ARTH 5335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/ArtH 5335/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
HIST 3706 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/ArtH 5335/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
ARTH 3315 - The Age of Curiosity: Art and Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800. (AH, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01480
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Diverse ways in which making of art and scientific knowledge intersected in early modern Europe. Connections between scientific curiosity and visual arts in major artists (e.g., da Vinci, Durer, Vermeer, Rembrandt). Artfulness of scientific imagery/diagrams, geographical maps, cabinets of curiosities, and new visual technologies, such as the telescope and microscope.
HIST 3708 - The Age of Curiosity: Art and Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800 (AH, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01480
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Diverse ways in which making of art and scientific knowledge intersected in early modern Europe. Connections between scientific curiosity and visual arts in major artists (e.g., da Vinci, Durer, Vermeer, Rembrandt). Artfulness of scientific imagery/diagrams, geographical maps, cabinets of curiosities, and new visual technologies, such as the telescope and microscope.
CNES 3108 - Age of St. Augustine of Hippo
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00396 - CNES 3108/RelS 3541
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cultural diversity A.D. 363 to circa 500 A.D. Replacement of Roman Empire in Western Europe by barbarian kingdoms, consolidation of Constantinople as capital in East. Literature, art, thought resulting from new dominance of Christianity, particularly Augustine of Hippo.
RELS 3541 - Age of St. Augustine of Hippo
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00396 - CNES 3108/RelS 3541
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cultural diversity (A.D. 363 to circa 500 A.D.). Replacement of Roman Empire in Western Europe by barbarian kingdoms, consolidation of Constantinople. Literature, art, thought resulting from Christianity and Augustine of Hippo. Meets with CNES 3108.
ITAL 3459W - Senior Project (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research/writing on issue/theme in Italian studies. Projects range from scholarly paper to artistic/creative writing or musical composition, photography, poetry, or fiction. Research/analytical component. prereq: completion of pre-requisite for major (3015) and eight electives for the sum of 30 credits
ITAL 3459W - Senior Project (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research/writing on issue/theme in Italian studies. Projects range from scholarly paper to artistic/creative writing or musical composition, photography, poetry, or fiction. Research/analytical component. prereq: completion of pre-requisite for major (3015) and eight electives for the sum of 30 credits