This program offers two concentrations: Italian Language and Culture and Interdisciplinary Italian Studies. Regular consultation with advisors 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 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.
The student must complete a minimum of 49 units as approved by Italian Studies Advisors.
One year of a second foreign language is required for the first concentration (Italian Language and Culture).
Competency in the Italian Language (16 units of lower division Italian).
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 101A,B or 201 A,B.
Upper Division (minimum 33 units):
Electives and Other Courses
Close work with the advisor will enable majors in Italian Studies to design a comprehensive study plan for their entire CSULB experience and for life-long learning. General Education courses and electives should be chosen carefully to coordinate with the major.
This minor can be taken in conjunction with any other major. The minor in Italian is open to any non-Italian major.
Minimum of 18 upper division units.
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 meting 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.