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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 23, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Italian, MA

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Requirements for the MA in Italian

A minimum of ten one-term courses is required. These courses will includeITAL 2710 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY AND CULTURAL THEORY  - ITAL 2903 - MA RESEARCH PAPER DIRECTED STUDY , and ITAL 2910 - COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION MA  . Students holding Teaching Assistantships are also required to take ITAL 2970 - TEACHING OF ITALIAN , though this does not count toward the required ten. Candidates must also fulfill the following additional requirements:

  • Comprehensive Examination
    • The MA comprehensive examination is a written examination and is given in three sessions on separate days during the second year of the MA program; an oral interview is held after completion of the exams to discuss the comprehensive exam results, as well as the student’s research paper.
  • Research Paper
    • Each candidate must write a Master’s Research Paper (or tesina) of professional article quality and length (25 pp min.). Students must conduct research beyond the scope of any single graduate term paper, but are encouraged to develop and formulate their topic in the context of one particular seminar (or two, if seminars are thematically or otherwise related). Students will work closely with the faculty member whose field is most relevant to the chosen topic to identify appropriate areas for expansion, additional texts or case studies, and relevant methodologies. The paper must be written in Italian.
  • Second Language Candidates must demonstrate a reading knowledge of Latin or German or a Romance language other than Italian. Other languages will be considered upon petition.

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