Italian Studies Minor

To complete a 15-credit minor in Italian Studies, students complete the following:

Choose five courses in Italian Studies 115
Total Credits15


  • The language of modern Italy is Italian. In as much as cultural mores and concepts are reflected and communicated in language, students must achieve minimal proficiency in the language to begin to access the richness and complexity of Italy. Hence, all students pursuing the minor must meet this language expectation by successfully completing IT 0211 Intermediate Italian II, or by passing a placement test administered by University faculty that verifies competency through the intermediate level. Note: Completion of this requirement is not considered a prerequisite for coursework in the minor. Instead, students are permitted to begin minor coursework during or prior to fulfilling the language requirement.
  • While study abroad is not required for completion of the minor, participation in the University’s programs in Florence, Italy (fall, spring, or summer sessions) is strongly encouraged.
  • Italian Studies courses are offered in a variety of fields and disciplines. A complete list of Italy-focused and Italy-component courses is available from the program director.

Italian Studies Electives

HI 0203European Society Middle Ages3
HI 0222The Roman Revolution3
HI 0223The Roman World in Late Antiquity, 284-642 AD3
Modern Languages and Literatures
IT 0110Elementary Italian I3
IT 0111Elementary Italian II3
IT 0210Intermediate Italian I3
IT 0211Intermediate Italian II3
IT 0220Topics in Language and Culture3
IT 0222Made in Italy3
IT 0233Creative Writing3
IT 0240Language of Food in Italian Culture3
IT 0253Contemporary Italian Culture3
IT 0255The Novella3
IT 0257Theatre in Italy: Comedy from Machiavelli to Fo3
IT 0262/EN 0116Rome in Cultural Imagination 13
IT 0271/FTM 0201BItalian Cinema 13
IT 0289/EN 0115Dante 13
IT 0290Italian American Cinema 13
IT 0330Redefining the Cosmos: Voyages to the New World in the Italian Renaissance3
IT 0381Coordinating Seminar3
IT 0382Coordinating Seminar3
IT 0393Italian-American Experience 13
PO 0235Modern Political Ideologies3
PO 0250European Politics and the European Union3
Religious Studies
RS 0343The Papacy3
Visual and Performing Arts
AH 0112Etruscan and Roman Art and Archaeology3
AH 0130Early Renaissance Art in Italy3
AH 0140Baroque Art3
AH 0191Art and Mythologies of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Bolshevik Russia: Comparative Systems & Outcomes3