Italian Undergraduate Study
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UNC-CH has a rich tradition of Italian studies, including courses on language, literature, film, food, politics, history, philosophy, and theater. The field of Italian is growing, with increasing course offerings and an increasing number of enrolled students and majors.
Students may obtain a major or minor in Italian, and many combine Italian with their other areas of specialization. This degree is a popular choice for those interested in careers in journalism, diplomacy, international business or education, or for those seeking a well-rounded education in preparation for medical or law school after College. Students who major in Italian may take up to 3 courses in related departments such as Classics, History, Art History, Music, and Women’s Studies.
All students of Italian have the opportunity to spend a summer, semester or academic year in Italy, participating in several distinguished study-abroad programs there. While at UNC, students may participate in many extracurricular activities, including the Italian Club, the Italian film series, the Italian Literary Festival, the Italian Honor Society, and an Italian conversation group. Undergraduates interested in research in our field are encouraged to pursue an Honor’s Thesis with one of our faculty members or to work on an original research project to present at UNC’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research.
A prerequisite for entering the major is knowledge of the Italian language demonstrated by successfully completing ITAL 204 Intermediate Italian II, or ITAL 402 Intermediate Accelerated Italian, or the equivalent.
The requirements for the major consist of eight courses:
• ITAL 300 Communicating in Italian: Media, Culture and Society
• seven additional ITAL courses numbered between 300 and 699 (excluding 401, 402, and 691H) and chosen from ITAL 310, 330, 331, 333, 335, 340, 343, 345, 370, 371, 382, 390, 398, 511, 512, 526. (331, 335 and 343 pending approval)
NOTE: Up to three of the required courses may be taken in such allied fields as Classics, History, Art, Music, Women’s Studies, etc., with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor in Italian.
The minor in Italian consists of a minimum of five courses selected from major courses numbered between 300 and 699, excluding 401, 402, and 691H. One of the five courses must be ITAL 300 Communicating in Italian: Media, Culture and Society.
The table below shows the General Education requirements (Foundations, Approaches and Connections) currently satisfied by the Italian courses offered in our Department.
|FL (Foreign Language)||ITAL 101
ITAL 401 (requires permission)
ITAL 402 (requires permission)
|LA (Literary Arts)||ITAL 240
|HS (Historical Analysis)||ITAL 330
|VP (Visual & Performing Arts)||ITAL 333
|CI (Communication Intensive)||ITAL 310
|EE (Experiential Education)||ITAL 691H
|US (US Diversity)||ITAL 340|
|NA (North Atlantic World)||ITAL 242
|WB (World Before 1750)||ITAL 240
|ITAL 101||Elementary Italian I|
|ITAL 102||Elementary Italian II|
|ITAL 203||Intermediate Italian I|
|ITAL 204||Intermediate Italian II|
|ITAL 240||Dante in English Translation|
|ITAL 241||Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation|
|ITAL 250||Italian Fascism: Between History, Fiction and Film|
|ITAL 300||Communicating in Italian: Media, Culture, and Society|
|ITAL 310||Italian Conversation|
|ITAL 330||Italian Civilization I|
|ITAL 331||Italian Civilization II|
|ITAL 333||Italian Film and Culture|
|ITAL 335||Themes in Italian Film|
|ITAL 337||Cinema for Italian Conversation|
|ITAL 340||Italian American in Literature & Film|
|ITAL 343||Italian Culture Today: Modern Italy as a Nation|
|ITAL 345||Italian Women Writers|
|ITAL 357||Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio in English|
|ITAL 365||Italian Food and Culture|
|ITAL 370||Survey of Italian Literature I|
|ITAL 371||Survey of Italian Literature II|
|ITAL 382||The Modern Italian Novel|
|ITAL 390||Special Topics in Italian Literature (Independent Study)|
|ITAL 395||Research for Advanced Students|
|ITAL 398||Undergraduate Seminar in Italian|
|ITAL 401||Beginning Accelerated Italian|
|ITAL 402||Intermediate Advanced Italian|
|ITAL 503||Advanced Composition for Graduate Students|
|ITAL 511||Survey of Italian Literature and Culture I (to 1600)|
|ITAL 512||Survey of Italian Literature and Culture I (1600 to present)|
|ITAL 526||History of the Italian Language|
|ITAL 691H||Honors Thesis|
|ITAL 692H||Honors Thesis in Italian|
|ITAL 731||Dante I|
|ITAL 751||Italian Renaissance Literature|
|ITAL 781||Italian Romanticism|
|ITAL 784||Italian Avant-Gardes and Neo-Avant-Gardes 20th Century|
|ITAL 830||Primo Levi|