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Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies (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 or semester-long options in Rome and Venice. In addition, there are 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.

Requirements

Lower Division:

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

  • ITAL 101A Fundamentals of Italian (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: Any Foundation course.
  • ITAL 101B Fundamentals of Italian (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: ITAL 101A or two years of high school Italian or equivalent. Any Foundation course.
  • ITAL 201A Intermediate of Italian (4)
    Prerequisite: ITAL 101B or three years of high school Italian or equivalent.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: Any Foundation course.
  • ITAL 201B Intermediate of Italian (4)
    Prerequisite: ITAL 201A or four years of high school Italian or equivalent. Prerequisite/Corequisite: Any Foundation course

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 ITAL 201 A,B.

Upper Division (minimum 33 units):

Basic Core (24 units):

  • ITAL 310 Introduction to Analysis of Italian Literature (3)
    Prerequisite: Upper division standing in Italian or equivalent.
  • ITAL 312A Advanced Italian I (3)
    Prerequisite: Upper division standing in Italian or equivalent.
  • ITAL 312B Advanced Italian II (3)
    Prerequisite: Upper division standing in Italian or equivalent.
  • ITAL 314 Advanced Conversation (3)
    Prerequisite: ITAL 214 or consent of the instructor.
  • ITAL 335 Survey of Italian Literature I: Middle Ages-Eighteenth Century (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing in Italian or consent of instructor.
  • ITAL 336 Survey of Italian Literature I: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing in Italian or consent of instructor.
  • ITAL 340 Italian Civilization (3)
    Prerequisite: Upper division standing in Italian or consent of instructor.
  • ITAL 482 The Building of the Italian Nation (3)
    Prerequisities: ITAL 310, 335, 336 or consent of instructor.

Concentration I - Italian Language and Culture

Electives (9 units): ITAL 411, ITAL 414*, ITAL 433, ITAL 454, ITAL 462, ITAL 473, ITAL 476, ITAL 478, ITAL 490, ITAL 494, ITAL 499.

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, AH 424; CWL 330A**, CWL 330B**, CWL 422, CWL 430, CWL 432, CWL 449**; HIST 332; ITAL 345, ITAL 411, ITAL 414, ITAL 454, ITAL 462, ITAL 473, ITAL 476, ITAL 478, ITAL 490, ITAL 494, ITAL 499; MUS 436**; RGR 314, RGR 315, RGR 346, RGR 400.

**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.


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