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B.A., Minor and Credential in Italian Studies

ITALIAN STUDIES

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies (code RGR_BA09) (120 units)

This program offers two concentrations: Italian Language and Culture and Interdisciplinary Italian Studies. Regular consultation with advisor is highly recommended.

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad through the CSU International Programs: they can spend from an intensive summer to an entire academic year in Florence and study either at the CSU center and/or at local academic institutions earning credits toward the degree. In addition, the program offers internship opportunities at Italian and Italian-American institutions in the area.

Once students have met the first- and second-year general language requirements, in the third year they take a common set of core courses in the target language. In the fourth year they choose between the two concentrations: students intending to earn the teaching credential select Italian Language and Culture; students interested in a more interdisciplinary approach select Interdisciplinary Italian Studies. Both tracks share a common core.

Requirements

Two years of a second foreign language is required for the first concentration (Italian Language and Culture).

 Lower Division:

Competency in the Italian Language (16 units lower division Italian). Take all of the following:

  • ITAL 101A Fundamentals of Italian (4)
  • ITAL 101B Fundamentals of Italian (4)
  • ITAL 201A Intermediate of Italian (4)
  • ITAL 201B Intermediate of Italian (4)

Some of these courses may be waived for students who have completed sufficient high-school Italian or have proved intermediate-level proficiency. Native speakers of Italian may not enroll in ITAL 101 A,B or 201 A,B.

Upper Division (minimum 33 units):

 Basic Core (24 units):

  • ITAL 310 Introduction to Analysis of Italian Literature (3)
  • ITAL 312A Advanced Italian I (3)
  • ITAL 312B Advanced Italian II (3)
  • ITAL 314 Advanced Italian Conversation (3)
  • ITAL 335 Survey of Italian Literature I: Middle Ages-Eighteenth Century (3)
  • ITAL 336 Survey of Italian Literature II: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (3)
  • ITAL 340 Italian Civilization (3)
  • ITAL 482 The Building of the Italian Nation (3)

 Concentration I – Italian Language and Culture

 Electives (9 units):

  • ITAL 411 Advanced Syntax, Grammar, and Stylistics (3)
  • ITAL 414* History of the Italian Language (3)
  • ITAL 433 Italian Literature as Historical Memory (3)
  • ITAL 454 Italian Cinema (3)
  • ITAL 462 Italian Women Writers (3)
  • ITAL 473 Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Literature (3)
  • ITAL 476 The Modern Italian Short Story (3)
  • ITAL 478 The Italian Novelistic Tradition (3)
  • ITAL 490 Selected Topics in Italian (3)
  • ITAL 494 Internship in Italian (1-3)
  • ITAL 499 Directed Studies (1-3)

Two years of a second foreign language. * Candidates who intend to teach Italian language are required to take ITAL 414.

Concentration II – Interdisciplinary Italian Studies

Electives (9 units):

  • AH 423 Early Renaissance Art in Italy (3)
  • AH 424 High Renaissance Art in Italy (3)
  • CWL 330A** Masterpieces of European Literature (3)
  • CWL 330B** Masterpieces of European Literature (3)
  • CWL 422I Renaissance Theatre and Drama (3)
  • CWL 430 Dante (3)
  • CWL 432 Continental Renaissance Literature (3)
  • CWL 449** Selected Topics – Major Continental Writers (3)
  • HIST 332 The Age of the Renaissance (3)
  • ITAL 345I Italian American Experience (3) (Formerly ITAL 440)
  • ITAL 411 Advanced Syntax, Grammar, and Stylistics (3)
  • ITAL 414 History of the Italian Language (3)
  • ITAL 433 Italian Literature as Historical Memory (3)
  • ITAL 440 Italian-American Culture (3) (As of Fall 2012 offered as ITAL 345I Capstone)
  • ITAL 454 Italian Cinema (3)
  • ITAL 462 Italian Women Writers (3)
  • ITAL 473 Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Literature (3)
  • ITAL 476 The Modern Italian Short Story (3)
  • ITAL 478 The Italian Novelistic Tradition (3)
  • ITAL 490 Selected Topics in Italian (3)
  • ITAL 494 Internship in Italian (1-3)
  • ITAL 499 Directed Studies (1-3)
  • MUS 436** Opera Repertoire (2)
  • RGR 314I Introduction to Contemporary Europe (3)
  • RGR 315I Contemporary European Society (3)
  • RGR 346I The European Cinema of Communism, Fascism and Resistance (3)

**Accepted only when syllabi include a good amount of Italian content.

Electives and Other Courses

Close work with the advisor will enable majors to design a comprehensive study plan for their entire CSULB experience and for life-long learning. General Education courses and electives should be chosen to coordinate with the major.

Minor in Italian (code RGR_UM02)

The Italian Studies Minor can be taken in conjunction with any other major, and allows the student to attain a working knowledge of Italian and Italian culture while meeting language requirements for graduation. It is an excellent choice for students majoring in other Romance languages as well as in Art, Art History, International Business, Comparative World Literature, Dance, English, History, Linguistics, Music, or the Social Sciences. The program offers not only courses in grammar, composition and conversation, but courses in literature, culture, cinema, and history of the language as well. The minor consists of a minimum of 18 upper division units.

Requirements

Minimum of 18 upper division units.

 Take all of the following courses:

  • ITAL 312A Advanced Italian I (3)
  • ITAL 312B Advanced Italian II (3)
  • ITAL 314 Advanced Conversation (3)

 Take 9 units chosen from the following courses:

  • ITAL 310 Introduction to Analysis of Italian Literature (3)
  • ITAL 335 Survey of Italian Literature I: Middle Ages-Eighteenth Century (3)
  • ITAL 336 Survey of Italian Literature II: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (3)
  • ITAL 340 Italian Civilization (3)
  • ITAL 345I Italian American Experience (3) (Formerly ITAL 440)
  • ITAL 411 Advanced Syntax, Grammar, and Stylistics (3)
  • ITAL 414 History of the Italian Language (3)
  • ITAL 433 Italian Literature as Historical Memory (3)
  • ITAL 440 Italian-American Culture (3) (As of Fall 2012 offered as ITAL 345I Capstone)
  • ITAL 454 Italian Cinema (3)
  • ITAL 462 Italian Women Writers (3)
  • ITAL 476 The Modern Italian Short Story (3)
  • ITAL 478 The Italian Novelistic Tradition (3)
  • ITAL 482 The Building of the Italian Nation (3)
  • ITAL 490 Selected Topics in Italian (3)
  • ITAL 494 Internship in Italian (1-3)
  • ITAL 499 Directed Studies (1-3)

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Italian (code 154)

Completion of Concentration I (Language and Culture) of the Italian major meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Italian. Prospective students should consult the undergraduate Italian Advisor and the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program Advisor early to plan their program.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective teachers of Italian are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

Requirements

Same as for the major in Concentration I (Italian Language and Culture) of the Italian Program.

Useful Links

Italian Studies Minor/Major/Credential Brochure (pdf) – Click to view

Italian Studies in CSULB Course Catalog

Undergraduate Advisor

Clorinda Donato, Ph.D.
Clorinda.Donato@csulb.edu

Program Director

Dr. Clorinda Donato
George L. Graziadio Chair of Italian Studies

Faculty

Dr. Clorinda Donato
Professor of Italian

Dr. Enrico Vettore
Associate Professor of Italian