Undergraduate Program in Italian Studies

Italy1Italy is the cradle of western civilization: seat of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church, the cultural center and economic powerhouse of the Mediterranean for nearly two millennia. And because of its geographic situation it has acted as a bridge between Europe and the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean throughout its history. No nation is more important to Europe's past or more central to its future.

The Italian Studies major introduces students to Italian civilization and teaches them the skills that will give them access to contemporary Italy. At the same time, the major emphasizes Italy's important role in a global context, its history of communication with the rest of the world, and its multi-ethnic future. Students may take courses in Italian language, literature, history, art history, cinema and opera for credit toward the major.

UrbinoItaly is a very popular study abroad destination for Miami students, second only to the Miami campus at Luxembourg in yearly enrollments. Students may take our summer language courses in Urbino, a beautiful Renaissance city in northern Italy. Or they may register in a wide range of approved courses, offered by other Miami departments and by other universities.

The Italian Studies program sponsors film series every year, and a weekly Italian Table, where students can practice their Italian over dinner.

Students with questions about undergraduate programs in Italian should contact Dr. Sante Matteo.
Click here for a brochure of the requirements for the Italian Studies major and Italian minor that you can print.

Click here to access the Department of French and Italian's Student Handbook.


Requirements for the B. A. in Italian Studies

First year Italian language courses (ITL 101 and 102 or ITL 105.W) are prerequisites for the major; the student will take 30 credit hours of Italian and Italian related courses above the 100 level. Italy: Matrix of Civilization (ITL 221) is required for all majors. Students will select a minimum of 18 hours from core courses in Art, Classics, History, Italian Studies, or Music, and the remaining hours (a maximum of 9) from either core courses or our list of auxiliary Italian-related courses (see below for details).

Students are also encouraged to attend the M.U. Summer Language Institute in Urbino, Italy.

Core courses: 18 to 27 hours should be taken from ART 314, ART 484, CLS 102, CLS 402, HST 315, HST 328, HST 452, ITL 201 and ITL 202 (or ITL 205.W), ITL/AMS/FST 222, ITL/FST 262,ITL 301, ITL 302, ITL 305.W,  ITL/ENG 364, ITL/ENG 401, ITL 410, or MUS 180.B.

Any remaining hours, a maximum of 9, can be taken from ARC 405.E, ART 316, ART 381, ART 382, ART 383, CLS 215, CLS 224, CLS 332, HST 448, or HST 449.


Requirements for an Italian Minor

The minor in Italian requires 18 semester hours above the 100 level, with a 2.0 grade point average. See the breakdown below. Courses must be taken for a grade, not credit/no credit.
Students are also encouraged to attend the MU Summer Language Institute in Urbino, Italy.

6 hours: second year language classes (201 and 202, or 205.W)
6 hours: 301 and 302
6 hours: Italy, Matrix of Civilization (ITL 221), Italian American Culture (ITL 222), Italian Cinema (ITL 262), Intensive
Advanced Italian (305.W), From Marco Polo to Machiavelli (ITL 364), Dante's Divine Comedy ( ITL 401)


Italian Thematic Sequences

ITL 1 Italy in the Renaissance. Analyzes the vital role Italy has played in the birth and evolution of modern Western culture in the humanities, arts, sciences, and political thought. Develops analytical skills by viewing Italian culture from a variety of disciplinary angles and over a broad span of time. Promotes a critical understanding of the rich artistic, literary, and intellectual heritage of the culture that laid the foundation for the European Renaissance and the modern period. Select three of the following courses in any order: ARC 405.E, Renaissance Architecture (3); ART 481, Italian Renaissance (3); ENG/ITL 364 From Marco Polo to Machiavelli (3); ENG/ITL 401, Dante's Divine Comedy (3); HST 315, The Renaissance (3); HST 452, Florence in the Time of the Republic 1250-1530 (3). Note: Nine hours minimum must be taken outside your department of major.

FRE 3 European Cinema. Explores, questions, and seeks to provide a cross-cultural understanding of the historical, ideological, artistic, and social issues that inform European culture through a critical analysis of the major films of countries that have played an important role both in the birth and development of cinematic art and in shaping the modern world: France, Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union.
FST 201 Introduction to Film Criticism and History (MPF) (3) or ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies (MPF) (3)
Two from the following:
   GER 261 A Survey of German Cinema (3)
   FST/ITL 262 Italian Cinema (3)
   RUS 263 Soviet Cinema (3)
   FRE 366 French Cinema in Translation (3)

   Note: Nine hours minimum must be taken outside your department of major.


Film Series

As part of a strong commitment to cinema, the Department organizes several film series every semester.

  • ITL/FST 262 Italian Cinema offered each fall semester
  • ITL/FST/AMS 222 Italian American Film Series offered each spring semester


Awards and Prizes

The Department of French and Italian offers a number of scholarships and awards for talented students to assist them with expenses associated with enrolling in our Summer Language Institute in Italy workshop.
Amira Akrabawi Giesecke Scholarship
-- Awarded to a student enrolled in the Summer Language Institute in Italy workshop.
Joseph A. Russo Scholarship -- Awarded to an undergraduate Italian Studies major to provide financial assistance to attend the Summer Language Institute in Italy workshop.
Contact Dr. Sante Matteo for any questions or to apply.

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