Italian Studies majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. A course in Italian (SPAN), based on language placement
  2. A course of your own choosing
  3. A course of your own choosing

1 st Semester Courses

If you are interested in the Italian Studies major, the first step is to take the language proficiency exam so that you can be placed in the language or culture course that best meets your current proficiency level. Information about the placement test can be found here:

Once you have taken the test, you will receive an email notifying you about the language/culture course you should take. Your major adviser will be in touch with you about other course choices, such as electives, courses in a potential minor or a second major.

As an Italian Studies major, you will be required to complete two courses on the 200-level (ITAL 203 and ITAL 204). If you test at the 200-level, you will begin your course work in one of these two courses. Students who place into 204 will need to wait until the spring to resume their studies of Italian and should consider taking ART 318 (Roman Art and Architecture) as an elective. If you test at a lower level, you will be placed in ITAL 103 or ITAL 104.

If you are majoring in Italian Studies, you may want to consider EURO 202, which is one of the gateway courses for the Certificate in European Studies. More information about the program here: If you are combining your Italian degree with another major or minor, you should make sure to take the first required course for that degree. Your undergraduate adviser will be able to help you with these choices.

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