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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.


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Course Name
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 706 Proseminar
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 Boccaccio's Cities