Italian Programs

The Italian Program at the University of Arizona is one of the largest undergraduate Italian programs in the United States.

Mission Statement of the Italian Program

Educating Arizona’s students about Italy, Italian, Italians, and Italian-Americans.

Objectives:

  • To provide high-quality education about the language, literature, and culture of Italy, Italians, and Italian-Americans.
  • To conduct high-quality research in Italian language, literature, and culture, which contributes to the study of Italian locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • To support local, national, and international organizations that promote the teaching of Italian language, literature, and culture.
  • To support the University of Arizona, College of Humanities, the School of International Languages Literatures and Cultures, and the Department of French and Italian in their respective missions.

The Department offers two degree major emphases in Italian: Italian Language and Literature and Italian Studies.

Major Emphasis 1: Language and Literatures

This track focuses on the acquisition of language skills and cultural competency. The major requires 32 units including 201, 202, 301, 310, 320, 410, and 420. The minor requires 20 units including 201, 202, 301, 310, and 320. 

  • ARequirements (8 units)

      • ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian 1
      • ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian 2 (or AP equiv., or credit-by-exam)
      • OR
      • ITAL 202z Intensive Intermediate Italian (combined ITAL 201 & 202, offered only in Orvieto, Italy summer study abroad program)
  • BClasses Taught in Italian (18 units upper division)

    • 12 Units at 300-level

      • Classes may be taken concurrently; pre-requisite: ITAL 202 or 202z
      • ITAL 301: Advanced Italian Conversation (or AP equiv, or credit-by-exam)
      • ITAL 310: Spoken Italian in Cultural Context
      • ITAL 320: Written Italian in Cultural Context
      • Repeated ITAL 310 or 320
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      • (ITAL 310 & 320 may be taken twice for credit when course content is different)
    • 6 Units at 400-level

      • Classes may be taken concurrently; pre-requisite: 6 units from 301, 310, 320
      • ITAL 410: Italian Film and Fiction
      • ITAL 420: Italian Civilization
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      • (ITAL 410 & 420 may be taken twice for credit when course content is different)
  • CElectives Taught in English (6 units upper division)
    Choose from:

      • ITAL 330A: Resisting Fascism (formerly "Italian Studies: Fascism, Resistance, and Reconstruction")
      • ITAL 330B: Once Upon a Time in Italian-American Cinema (formerly, "History of Italian-American Cinema")
      • ITAL 330C: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Italian Cinema (formerly, "History of Italian Cinema")
      • ITAL 330D: Empowered Women in Italian Literature and Culture (formerly, "Women in Italian Society")
      • ITAL 431: The Divine Comedy by Dante
      • ITAL 496A: Topics in Advanced Italian Studies (Orvieto Study Abroad) 
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      • See advisor for more options

Major Emphasis 2: Italian Studies

This track includes advanced courses taught in English. The major requires 32 units including 201 and 202. The minor requires 20 units including 201 and 202. 

  • ARequirements (8 units)

      • ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian 1
      • ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian 2 (or AP equiv., or credit-by-exam)
  • BLower-division Electives Taught in English (12 units)
    Choose from:

      • ITAL 230: Intro to Italian Culture
      • ITAL 231: Fashion in France and Italy
      • ITAL 240: Italian Folklore & Popular Culture
      • ITAL 250A: The Italian Middle Ages (formerly "Literature in Translation: Middle Ages")
      • ITAL 250B:  The Italian Renaissance (formerly "Literature in Translation: Renaissance")
      • ITAL 250C:  Intermediality: Italian Theatre, Opera, and Film (formerly "Literature in Translation: Italian Theater")
      • ITAL 250D: Literature in Translation: The Novel 
  • CUpper-division Electives Taught in English (12 units)
    Choose from:

      • ITAL 330A: Resisting Fascism (formerly "Italian Studies: Fascism, Resistance, and Reconstruction")
      • ITAL 330B: Once Upon a Time in Italian-American Cinema (formerly, "History of Italian-American Cinema")
      • ITAL 330C: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Italian Cinema (formerly, "History of Italian Cinema")
      • ITAL 330D: Empowered Women in Italian Literature and Culture (formerly, "Women in Italian Society")
      • ITAL 431: The Divine Comedy by Dante
      • ITAL 496A: Topics in Advanced Italian Studies (Orvieto Study Abroad) 
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      • See advisor for more options

Please note that 12 upper-division units are required for majors (ITAL 301-499); 9 upper-division units required for minors (ITAL 301-499); furthermore, almost all courses offered by the Italian Department- whether in Italian or English- count toward either B.A. option (exceptions: TRAD 102, ITAL 101, 102, and 102z)

Courses Taught in Italian

Foundation Courses

  • ITAL 101: Elementary Italian I
  • ITAL 102: Elementary Italian II
  • ITAL 102z: Intensive Elementary Italian
  • ITAL 201: Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL 202: Intermediate Italian II
  • ITAL 202z: Intensive Intermediate Italian

Advanced Courses

  • ITAL 301: Advanced Italian Conversation
  • ITAL 310: Spoken Italian in Cultural Context
  • ITAL 320: Written Italian in Cultural Context

Italian Literature and Film Courses

  • ITAL 420: Italian Civilization
  • ITAL 410: Italian Film/Fiction

Courses Taught in English

Lower-division Courses

  • ITAL 230: Introduction to Italian Culture
  • ITAL 240: Italian Folklore & Popular Culture
  • ITAL 250A: The Italian Middle Ages (formerly "Literature in Translation: Middle Ages")
  • ITAL 250B: The Italian Renaissance (formerly, "Literature in Translation: Renaissance")
  • ITAL 250C: Intermediality: Italian Theatre, Opera, and Film (formerly "Literature in Translation: Italian Theater")
  • ITAL 250D: Literature in Translation: The Novel

*Note: all 200-level classes listed above count towards Tier II requirements

Upper-division Courses

  • ITAL 496a: Topics in Advanced Italian Studies (taught in Orvieto study abroad) 
  • ITAL 431: The Divine Comedy by Dante
  • ITAL 330D: Empowered Women in Italian Literature and Culture (formerly, "Women in Italian Society")
  • ITAL 330C: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Italian Cinema (formerly, "History of Italian Cinema")
  • ITAL 330B: Once Upon a Time in Italian-American Cinema (formerly, "History of Italian-American Cinema")
  • ITAL 330A: Resisting Fascism (formerly "Italian Studies: Fascism, Resistance, and Reconstruction")

 

For more information on specific courses, please see our course list.

For information on General Education and overall degree requirements associated with majors offered by the College of Humanities, please visit the following link: http://advising.humanities.arizona.edu/undergraduate-degree-requirement

Ready to Declare?

Thank you for your interest in Italian. There are many benefits of majoring in Italian.

Declare a major or minor in one of the following ways:

In Person

Meet in person with a faculty advisor or make an appointment with the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

Schedule an Appointment

Online Form

Complete the online Major/Minor declaration form (NetID required). A faculty advisor will follow up to schedule a meeting. If you do not hear from a faculty advisor within a week, please contact the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

Declare Major/Minor Online Form

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Download the Major/Minor declaration form. You can scan and email the completed form to Stephanie Topete at stopetee@email.arizona.edu or deliver it to her at Learning Services Building #203 (1512 E. First Street, Tucson, AZ 85721). A faculty advisor will follow up to schedule a meeting. If you do not hear from a faculty advisor within a week, please contact the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

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