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Major In Italian Studies

This program is designed for students who have a strong interest in Italian culture. The courses in the major give students a wide knowledge of Italian literary and cultural phenomena. The program ranges from introductory surveys through period and genre offerings to seminars treating individual major authors. Italian Studies majors are required to take at least two courses in areas such as fine arts, politics, and history that may help prepare them for successful careers in politics, law, international business, medicine, education, or the arts. Students are required to complete two advanced language and culture courses (203, 204), the two senior seminars (488. 489) and 8 electives. Two of these elective courses must be offered by a program other than Italian Studies. At least four (2 plus 488 and 489) of the elective courses must be taught in Italian. Students should consult with the Italian adviser before selecting courses in order to determine their individual program of study.
Students enrolled in the Major in Italian Studies are strongly recommended to study abroad, either in CUA's Rome program or in another education abroad program in Italy.

Required Courses

ITAL 203: Advanced Italian I: Talking About Culture
ITAL 204: Advanced Italian II: Talking About Culture
ITAL 488: Senior Special Topics Seminar
ITAL 489: Research Seminar

6 Electives in Italian Studies

Students enroll in six additional courses in literature and culture. At least two of these courses must be taught in Italian:

2 Electives outside of ITAL

Two courses must be taken from programs other than ITAL. Students must consult with the adviser before selecting courses. Examples of approved courses are: HIST 222, 317; ART 212, 307, 319, 320; CLAS 318

Other courses related to the Italian studies program can be chosen with the approval of the academic adviser of the Italian program.

Education Abroad

− Italian Studies Majors are required to spend a semester studying abroad in Italy. Students choosing to study in CUA’s Rome program are strongly advised to add a second semester in a CUA-affiliated program in Italy.
− All credits earned abroad are eligible for transfer if the student is enrolled in affiliated programs. ITAL 489 must be taken at CUA.
− Under special circumstances may students petition that the study abroad requirement be waived. In these cases the department will consider summer abroad programs, approved cultural immersion experiences, or internships instead.

Free Electives and Distribution Courses

- Italian Studies Majors are strongly advised to complete the course work for the Certificate in European Studies.
- Students are also strongly encouraged to add minors or a second major in related disciplines, such as Art, Drama, History, International Business, Media Studies, Philosophy, or Politics.


Minor in Italian Studies

ITAL 203, 204, plus a combination of four courses in language, literature, and culture. Students should consult the adviser in Italian concerning combinations of courses. Study abroad courses may also be approved by the adviser.

Courses Offered

Please consult the Website for descriptions of courses offered in the current semester.



  • Stefania Lucamante, PhD Comparative Literature, CUA and Program Coordinator
  • Valeria Garino, Laurea Russian Literature, University of Turin, Italy & MA in Italian, CUA
  • Jessica Cappellini, MA Teaching Italian as SL, University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy

Proficiency test instructions (for Graduate Students only)


The Italian language proficiency test consists of a 2-page translation from Italian into English. Topic of the book is chosen from the graduate student’s study area. Time to complete it: 2 hours. The translation is done with the aid of a good dictionary.
For further information, please contact Dr. Stefania Lucamante or Prof. Valeria Garino


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