Requirements

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The Italian Studies Program offers undergraduates eight options: a Major with two tracks, each with a possible Honors Track, a Supplementary Major with two tracks, Italian International Economics, and a Minor.

The Literature and Culture track is for students who want the deepest immersion in the language, and who wish to study great literature, cinema, and general Italian culture.  This concentration corresponds to the traditional major in Italian language and literature, and is also recommended for anyone contemplating graduate work in Italian.

The Italian Studies track is for students who wish to craft their own broader interdisciplinary program centered on Italy, based on proficiency in the language and a grounding in the culture.

Major Requirements

The full major in Italian requires 30 credits or ten courses at the  20201 level or above including.

Literature and Culture Track

 Italian Studies Major Advising Worksheet

3 Required courses:

  • ROIT 30711 (Medieval-Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture)
  • ROIT 30721 (Modern Italian Literature and Culture)
  • ROIT 53000 (Italian Seminar); Fall only

5 Advanced Elective courses:  

  • ROIT 30xxx or 40xxx level or above courses in Italian literature or culture 
  • ROIT 30310 (Passage of Italy) is recommended for all majors
  • a maximum of two of these elective courses may be conducted in English or with texts in translation, or may be substituted by courses on Italian subjects originating in other disciplines or departments (for example, architecture, art history, music, or history) with pre-approval from the DUS 

2 Language and Culture courses: (taught in Italian) 

  • 20xxx-level or above (ROIT 20215 counts as two courses for the major)

Please note:

Equivalent Italian language, literature, or culture courses from foreign study programs or other universities may be substituted for any of the courses by permission. Fifty percent of the credits for the major must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. AP credit may not be applied toward the major.

Italian Studies Track

 Italian Studies Major Advising Worksheet

Five courses must be ROIT courses in Italian language, literature, and culture and taught in Italian.

Required courses:

-ROIT 30310 (Passage to Italy) is strongly recommended

-ROIT 30711 (Medieval-Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture) OR 

-ROIT 30721 (Modern Italian Literature and Culture)

-ROIT 40000-level or above

(2) ROIT 20000-level or above (ROIT 20215 counts as two courses for the major).  

The other five courses must be on Italian subjects or strictly relevant to Italian culture, and may be taught in either English or Italian. These courses may be RIOT courses on literature, cinema, culture, etc..., but they may also come from other programs or disciplines (with or without an RIOT listing), such as Romance Languages and Literatures, Art History, History, Classics, Music, Film Television and Theatre, Architecture, Political, Science, etc...with pre-approval from the DUS. 

Required: Four of these five courses must be at the 30000 level or above.

(1)20000-level or above

(3) 30000/40000-level courses

(1)40000-level or above

Please note: In order to create a coherent program when selecting these courses, the student will form a committee of one or more faculty advisers, including at least one from ROIT, and must declare the major not later than their junior year.  Equivalent courses from foreign study programs or other universities may be substituted by permission. Fifty percent of the credits for the major must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. AP credit may not be applied toward the major. 

Honors track (3.0 additional credits) 

Available to both Literature and Culture and Italian Studies track students

Requirements: 

  • a GPA in the major of at least 3.7
  • ROIT 58000 (Honors Thesis); Spring of senior year and  to be written in Italian OR
  • a graduate ROIT 63xxx seminar course (with substantial final essay in Italian)

Qualified students may petition their adviser for admission in the second semester of their junior year.  No students will be accepted to the Honors Track after October 1st of their senior year.

Supplementary Major Requirements

The full major in Italian requires 24 credits or eight courses at the 20201 level or above including.

Literature and Culture Track

Italian Studies Supplementary Major Advising Worksheet

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3 Required courses:

  • ROIT 30711 (Medieval-Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture)
  • ROIT 30721 (Modern Italian Literature and Culture)
  • ROIT 53000 (Italian Seminar); Fall only

3 Advanced Elective courses:  

  • ROIT 30xxx or 40xxx level or above courses in Italian literature or culture 
  • ROIT 30310 (Passage of Italy) is recommended for all supplementary majors
  • a maximum of two of these elective courses may be conducted in English or with texts in translation, or may be substituted by courses on Italian subjects originating in other disciplines or departments (for example, architecture, art history, music, or history) with pre-approval from the DUS 

2 Language and Culture courses: (taught in Italian) 

  • 20xxx-level or above (ROIT 20215 counts as two courses for the major)

Please note:

Equivalent Italian language, literature, or culture courses from foreign study programs or other universities may be substituted for any of the courses by permission. Fifty percent of the credits for the major must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. AP credit may not be applied toward the major.

Italian Studies Track

Italian Studies Supplementary Major Advising Worksheet

Four courses must be ROIT courses in Italian language, literature, and culture and taught in Italian.

Required courses:

  • ROIT 30310 (Passage to Italy) is strongly recommended
  • ROIT 30000/40000-level or above
  • (2) ROIT 20000-level or above (ROIT 20215 counts as two courses for the major).  

The other four courses must be on Italian subjects or strictly relevant to Italian culture, and may be taught in either English or Italian. These courses may be RIOT courses on literature, cinema, culture, etc..., but they may also come from other programs or disciplines (with or without an RIOT listing), such as Romance Languages and Literatures, Art History, History, Classics, Music, Film Television and Theatre, Architecture, Political, Science, etc...with pre-approval from the DUS. 

Required: Three of these four courses must be at the 30000 level or above.

(1)20000-level or above

(3) 30000/40000-level courses

Please note: In order to create a coherent program when selecting these courses, the student will form a committee of one or more faculty advisers, including at least one from ROIT, not later than the first semester of their senior year.  Equivalent courses from foreign study programs or other universities may be substituted by permission.  Fifty percent of the credits for the major must be taken in residence at Notre Dame.  AP credit may not be applied toward the major.

Minor Requirements

The full minor in Italian requires 15 credits or five courses at the 20215 level or above including: Italian Studies Major Advising Worksheet

Required Courses:

  • (2) 20000-level or above
  • (3) 30000/40000-level

Three of the five courses must be ROIT courses in Italian language, literature, and culture, and taught in Italian; two courses (at the 30000/40000- level) may be taught in English (for example texts in translation, or from other disciplines such as art history, architecture, or history) with pre-approval from the DUS. Courses from foreign study programs or other universities may be substituted by permission, but at least two courses for the Italian minor must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. AP credit may not be applied toward the major.