Italian Major

For a 30-credit major in Italian, students complete the following:

Select at least 7 courses taught in Italian 121
Select 2 additional courses from the department’s offerings in Italian or English, or from the list of approved courses in other departments6
Select one capstone seminar taught in English3
Total Credits30

This may include courses, taught in Italian, beginning with ITLN 2210 and/or approved courses from study abroad partner institutions (list available upon request).

Students select their course of study from a variety of offerings including courses on creative writing, contemporary culture and film, food, Italian American cinema, Made in Italy, the short story, literature of the New World, theater, and Dante (which is offered in translation; majors are encouraged to do their written work in Italian). Italian majors also have the opportunity to apply for internships that count towards the major. Students are encouraged to study abroad at our affiliate in Florence during the sophomore or junior year or in the summer. The final course for the Italian major must be taken at Fairfield University.

All majors are urged to work closely, as soon as possible, with an advisor of their choice to plan a program of study.

The following list of courses taught in English has been approved to count toward the Italian major and minor:

AHST 1112Roman Art and Archaeology: Colosseum to Catacombs3
AHST 1130Early Renaissance Art in Italy3
AHST 1191Art and Mythologies of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Bolshevik Russia: Comparative Systems & Outcomes3
ENGL 1150/ITLN 2289Dante3
FTMA/ITLN 2271Italian Cinema3
FTMA/ITLN 2290Italian American Cinema3
HIST 2203European Society in the Middle Ages3
HIST 2222The Roman Revolution3
HIST 2223Roman World in Late Antiquity, 284-642 CE3
ITLN 2291Boccaccio’s Decameron in Translation3
RLST 2443The Papacy3

Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in Italian will exhibit competency in the following areas:

1. Express ideas in writing in all major time frames and moods with appropriate vocabulary, proper syntax, and few grammatical errors.
2. Express ideas orally in all major time frames and moods with appropriate vocabulary, proper syntax, and few grammatical errors.
3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze, and synthesize, texts and films while considering political, social, historical, or cultural context.