Italian Studies Major (B.A.)

Italian Studies Major (B.A.)

Italian Studies Students

What is Italian studies?

As a student majoring in Italian, you’ll learn why Italy’s art, food, literature and cinema have such a large and lasting impact on culture worldwide. While you’re at it, you’ll gain proficiency in Italian, which is spoken as a second language by 250 million people. Italy is a major political and economic force in Europe and beyond and possesses the world’s seventh largest economy. Many employers seek people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy, and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices there.

Why study Italian at UNH?

The Italian studies degree program provides opportunities both to achieve high competency in Italian language and culture and to apply these knowledge skills to other disciplines. The program encourages independent and innovative thinking and research so that students can pursue and achieve their goals while preparing for the challenges of thriving in the world community. Our internship and study-abroad opportunities in Italy include a program in Rome.

Potential careers

  • Business leader
  • College professor
  • Diplomat
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Language teacher
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Public relations professional
  • Tour guide
  • Translator

Contact

Amy Boylan

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-3551
Office: Classics, Humanities, & Italian Studies, Murkland Hall Rm 317, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The Italian studies program offers courses in Italian language, culture, literature, history and cinema, as well as courses on Italian American culture. Italian courses can also be used to fulfill Discovery Program requirements and the Bachelor of Arts foreign language proficiency requirement. The program provides opportunities both to achieve high competence in Italian language and culture and to apply these knowledge skills to other disciplines. The Italian studies program encourages independent and innovative thinking and research so that students may pursue and achieve individualized goals while they prepare for the challenges of thriving in the world community.

 

The Italian studies major curriculum consists of 10 courses (40 credits) that include:

ITAL 632Advanced Conversation and Composition II (or equivalent proficiency 0-24)4
Select sixteen credits minimum at 600-level or above (including ITAL 631 and ITAL 632)16
Select a minimum of one semester approved immersion experience abroad
Select two complementary courses from approved complementary disciplines of classics and humanities (courses from other disciplines must be approved by advisor)8
Select one of the following Discovery capstone requirements:4
Thesis:
ITAL 795
Independent Study in Italian Language and Literature
or ITAL 796
Independent Study in Italian Language and Literature
Seminar:
Select one 700-level ITAL course
Internship:
ITAL 595A
Practicum
Select any additional ITAL courses needed to reach 40 credits8
Total Credits40

Additional Requirements

  • The minimum grade for each major course is a C.
  • Once students declare the Italian studies major, they must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in order to fulfill the study abroad requirement.
  • Italian studies majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.

List of POTENTIAL Complementary Discipline Elective Courses

This list of electives is not exhaustive. Courses from other departments can only be used to satisfy the Italian Studies major requirements after consultation with and subject to the approval of the student's advisor.

ARTS 574Introduction to Architectural History4
ARTS #677Early Medieval Art4
ARTS 678Romanesque and Gothic Art4
ARTS 681Early Renaissance Art4
ARTS 682The High Renaissance4
ARTS 683Baroque Art4
ARTS #685Graphic Art of the Renaissance and Baroque Periods4
ARTS 695IProblems in Visual Arts/Italy4
ECON 645International Economics4
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4
ENGL 651Comparative Literature4
ENGL 714Critical Approaches to Literature4
HIST 500Introduction to Historical Thinking4
HIST 501Medieval Military History4
HIST 521Origins of Modern Science4
HIST #540Foundations of Medieval History: 300-1300 CE4
HIST 565Women in Modern Europe4
HIST 640Holy War in the Holy Land: The Medieval Crusades4
HIST 641Europe after the Black Death4
HIST 642Saints, Sinners, and Heretics: Europe in the Age of Religious Reform4
HIST 652Topics in European Intellectual History4
LLC 551Comparative Literature: Masterpieces of World Literature I4
LLC #552Comparative Literature: Masterpieces of World Literature II4
LLC 791Methods of Foreign Language Teaching4
LING 605Intermediate Linguistic Analysis4
MUSI 501History and Literature of Music3
MUSI 502History and Literature of Music3
MUSI 715Survey of Opera3
NUTR 595Mediterranean Diet and Culture4
PHIL 570Ancient Philosophy4
PHIL 580Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant4
PHIL 62020th Century European Philosophy4
POLT 552Contemporary European Politics4
POLT 560World Politics4

Explore Program Details

Italian is spoken by 61 million people in Italy and by 85 million people throughout the world. As a second language, Italian is spoken by 250 million and is the fourth most studied second language in the world.

While Italy’s artistic and culinary patrimony is internationally recognized, the country’s significant achievements in science, technology, engineering, manufacturing, and medicine are less well known. Italy is a major political and economic force in Europe and the world. It possesses the world’s seventh largest economy, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, art restoration and preservation, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including Eli Lilly, Pfizer, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The iconic Chrysler Group LLC, one of the “Big Three” American automobile manufacturers is owned by Italian automaker FIAT as of 2014. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S., especially in the Boston metropolitan area.

A major or minor in Italian Studies allows students to pursue careers in a variety of fields including though not limited to education, business, computer programming and web design, law, public relations, journalism, archaeology, telecommunications, arts administration, non-governmental organizations, hospitality management, publishing, library science, graduate studies, politics, or public and environmental affairs. In the public sector, government agencies and the military also offer many and diverse opportunities for individuals with international proficiency.

 

Italy: The Extraordinary Commonplace

This video, presented at the 2015 World Economic Forum in Switzerland, describes Italy’s important contributions to the global community. 

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