Requirements

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M.A. in Italian Studies
Requirements and Curriculum

 

Requirements for the M.A. in Italian:

M.A. Italian Studies Checklist

1) 39 CREDITS
During the four semesters of the Italian MA, students are required to be enrolled for at least 9 credits each semester in order to be considered “full time.” 
 
2) TEACHING
Students are required to teach one Italian language course in each of the four semesters of the program.
 
3) REQUIRED COURSES
Students are expected to take all the graduate seminars offered in Italian each semester, as well as the required courses listed below. They may choose additional courses in a related field in consultation with their advisor.

  • FIRST SEMESTER: 
    ROIT 63010 Introduction to Advanced Studies in Italian (1.5 CR, the grade mode is: satisfactory/unsatisfactory)
    LLRO 61077 Practicum in Teaching Italian (0 CR)
    LLRO 63075 Foreign Language Acquisition and Instruction (3 CR)
     
  • SECOND SEMESTER:
    ROIT 63011 Introduction to Advanced Studies in Italian (1.5 CR, the grade mode is: satisfactory/unsatisfactory)
     
  • THIRD SEMESTER:
    Thesis direction course (this is a 3-credit course for which the students enroll with their thesis advisor while they are writing their MA thesis. The grade mode is: satisfactory/unsatisfactory).
     
  • FOURTH SEMESTER:
    Thesis direction course (this is a 3-credit course for which the students enroll with their thesis advisor while they are writing their MA thesis. The grade mode is: satisfactory/unsatisfactory).

4) “INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED STUDIES IN ITALIAN” is a series of lectures given by the Italian faculty in residence. Subjects covered include research methods, different ways of analyzing a text and/or particular genres, a survey of Italian literature, presentation of research and general matters of professionalization, etc. 

5) ITALIAN STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINAR
The Italian Research Seminar (http://italianstudies.nd.edu/italian-research-seminar/) aims to provide a regular interdisciplinary forum for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and colleagues from other universities to present and discuss their current research. Attendance at Italian studies research seminars is required. During their fourth semester, MA students are expected to present at the seminar a 20-minute research paper related to their MA thesis.
 
6) COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
This is an oral examination divided into two parts of one hour each. The first part (Medieval-Renaissance) takes place at the end of the first semester and the second part (Modern-Contemporary) at the end of the second semester of the MA. The purpose of this examination is to evaluate the students’ knowledge of the Italian literary canon as well as their competency in critical and theoretical methodologies.
 
7) LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
Students are required to demonstrate reading knowledge in a second language in order to complete the M.A. in Italian.
 
8) THESIS
The thesis is between 8000 and 10000 words in length including footnotes but excluding the bibliography. Work on the thesis is to be undertaken during the summer vacation preceding the second year of the MA and throughout the second year. The topic of the thesis and the supervisor must be confirmed by the end of April of the first year, while the title is to be confirmed by September of the second year. The final thesis is to be submitted before graduation during the fourth semester of study (typically in April). The deadlines for the thesis format review and final submission are established by the Graduate School each year in early August. The students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these deadlines. See http://graduateschool.nd.edu/resources-for-current-students/dt/dt-checklist/

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Sample Curriculum 


First Semester

  • Introduction to Advanced Studies in Italian (Roit 63010, 1.5 Cr)
  • Practicum in Teaching Italian (Llro 61077, 0 Cr)
  • Foreign Language Acquisition and Instruction (Llro 63075, 3 Cr) 
  • Graduate Seminar in Italian Studies (3 Cr)
  • Graduate Seminar in Italian Studies (3 Cr)
  • Comprehensive Examination, Part I (to be taken at the end of the First Semester)

Second Semester

  • Introduction to Advanced Studies in Italian (Roit 63011, 1.5 Cr)
  • Practicum in Teaching Italian (0 Cr)
  • Graduate Seminar in Italian Studies (3 Cr)
  • Graduate Seminar in Italian Studies (3 Cr)
  • Graduate Seminar in Italian Studies or Related Field (3 Cr)
  • Comprehensive Examination, Part II (to be taken at the end of the Second Semester)

Third Semester

  • Practicum in Teaching Italian (0 Cr)    
  • Graduate Seminar in Italian Studies (3 Cr)    
  • Graduate Seminar in Italian Studies (3 Cr)    
  • Thesis Direction Course (3 Cr)    

Fourth Semester

  • Practicum in Teaching Italian (0 Cr)    
  • Graduate Seminar in Italian Studies (3 Cr)    
  • Graduate Seminar in Italian Studies (3 Cr)    
  • Thesis Direction Course (3 Cr)    
  • M.A. Thesis (to be submitted in the Fourth Semester of study by the Graduate School deadlines)    

Foreign Language Requirement (can be satisfied at any point before graduation)    

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