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University of Pittsburgh    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 15, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Italian Language and Literature, BA

French and Italian Major Requirements

The following requirements apply to both French and Italian majors:

  • Students are required to maintain at least a 2.00 GPA in major courses.
  • Students may choose courses from three areas: language, literature, and civilization.
  • Reading competency in at least one other language is recommended for students interested in graduate school.
  • To earn departmental honors, students must major in French or Italian, demonstrate superior performance in departmental courses, and be enrolled in 1000-level French/Italian courses preferably no later than the first term of the junior year. Selection of honors candidates takes place only in the second term of the junior year. During the senior year, two appropriate sequential courses are chosen in consultation with the major advisor, and a research paper must be completed. The paper must be defended before a faculty committee. Honors will be determined by the quality of the paper and the defense, as well as the cumulative grades in all departmental courses counting toward the major.


Majors in Italian Language and Literature, after one year of college instruction in the language, may enroll in ITAL 0003 - WHAT IF  for credit toward the major. The major consists of at least 33 credits above elementary Italian. ITAL 0001  and ITAL 0002  Elementary Italian 1 and 2, which do not count toward the major and must include the following courses:


* Because ITAL 0080  and ITAL 0081  have no prerequisites and are taught in English, the department recommends that students interested in an Italian major take those courses as early in their studies as possible.

In addition to those basic course requirements

the following criteria apply to Italian majors:

  • Two courses in the 1080 or 1050 series (courses taught in English) may be counted toward the major if the student completes a specified part of the work in Italian.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in departmental courses is required for graduation.
  • Majors may not take any courses on the S/NC basis.
  • A 12-credit related area may be chosen from humanities and social sciences including a second language, linguistics, history, English, history of art and architecture, communication, music, and political science, or another subject as arranged with the major advisor.
  • Students must complete at least one W course within the major. ITAL 0060 , ITAL 0061 , and ITAL 1041  fulfill this requirement.

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