Italian Studies Major
Program Director: Giuseppe Falvo, Ph.D.
The language of Italy has long been known as the language of culture. Italian is the language of art, of music, and of poetry. It is also the language of a wealthy, modern industrialized nation now playing an active role in a new United Europe. It is the intent of the Italian program (ITAL) to bring its students to a linguistic and cultural level of understanding so that they are able to participate actively in on-going events, both cultural and technological, in this dynamic country. The Italian program offers a range of courses well suited not only for students who are preparing themselves for graduate study, research or other professional development in the field of the humanities, but also for those who are specifically seeking a teaching career in education.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to communicate effectively in writing in Italian;
- Students will be able to express knowledge of Italian culture and society orally at intermediate level according to ACTFL Standard scale;
- Students will be able to summarize, understand and interpret written texts in a variety of genres and topics.
Placement in Courses
For information about the Foreign Language Placement Assessment, go to: http://www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/flpa
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Italian language through intermediate level (ITAL203 or equivalent)
|Major Core Requirements|
|ITAL204||Review Grammar and Composition||3|
|ITAL207||Speaking and Writing in Italian||3|
|ITAL311||Advanced Oral Expression: Current Events||3|
|ITAL401||Advanced Composition and Style||3|
|ITAL251||Introduction to Italian Literature||3|
|or ITAL261||Cuisine, Culture, and Society in Italy Yesterday and Today|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Survey of Italian Society and Culture: From Fascism to the Seventies|
|Survey of Italian Society and Culture: From the 1980s to thePresent Day|
|Select three courses at the 4xx level 1||12|
N.B. For each course at the 4xx level, Italian majors must register for a 1-credit colloquium (ITAL478)
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
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