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Italian Studies Minor

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 36
The Italian studies undergraduate minor program examines Italian and Italian American literature, culture, society, and history.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 4 courses before admission to the program.
Students must complete Italian language study equivalent to four semesters (intermediate level) before beginning the minor.
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)
Minor 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.
Students may earn a BA or a minor in Italian studies, but not both.
Minor Courses
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 minor when they pertain to Italian studies topics.
ITAL 3015 - Reading, Conversation, and Composition (4.0 cr)
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ITAL 3xxx
· ITAL 4xxx
· ITAL 5xxx
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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