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University of Pittsburgh    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
  May 26, 2024
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Italian Studies, BA

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General Requirements for both French and Italian Majors

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.


The Italian Studies Major promotes the cross-discipline exploration of a variety of areas relating to Italian and Italian American culture: language, literature, theater, cinema, art and architecture, music, history, social and immigration history, politics and political theory, history and philosophy of science, classical studies, and religious studies. 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.

Six additional courses

Six additional courses, which can be taught either in Italian or English. At least three of these elective courses must be at the 1000-level, and at least two of them must be courses offered by the Italian program. The remaining courses can be selected from an approved list of other departments’ offerings. Italian Studies majors are encouraged to continue their study of the Italian language to the greatest extent possible.

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