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Major in Italian

The B.A. Major in Italian fosters proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Italian, as well as explores the literature and culture of Italy. Major requirements focus on developing a solid mastery of the four basic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension) and on providing an overview of Italian literature and civilization. In-depth study can be pursued through individual readings and our variety of 400-level literature courses, with topics ranging from Boccaccio's Decameron to the Mafia in Italian cinema. An overseas summer program in Florence and semester and year-long study abroad programs in Bologna offer great opportunities to majors for immersive learning.


Students must complete 30 credit hours in Italian courses above M100-M150, including at least:

  1. 7 credit hours in fourth-year courses including at least one 3 credit, fourth-year course taken on the Bloomington campus, exclusive of X493, M496, and M499.
  2. 25 credit hours must be earned by completing courses taught in Italian; the remaining credit hours may be earned by completing courses taught in English offered through the Italian program (FRIT-M courses). 
  3. At least 18 credit hours at the 300–400 level.
  4. A minimum of 18 credit hours on the Bloomington campus.

Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.