The major normally consists of eleven term courses, including eight in Italian numbered 140 or above, are required, at least five of which must be conducted in Italian. The eight courses must include either ITAL 150 or 151 and a course on Dante’s Divine Comedy (ITAL 310a) as well as four courses covering different periods in Italian literature: one in the Middle Ages (in addition to the one on Dante’s Divine Comedy), one in the Renaissance, and two in Italian literature after 1600. The aim of these six foundation courses is to provide students with both a broad acquaintance with the major works of Italy’s literary tradition and a more detailed knowledge of two periods in Italian literature. One period must be either the Trecento (fourteenth century) or the Cinquecento (sixteenth century). No more than three Italian department courses taught in English may count toward the major. Students intending to major in Italian should consult the director of undergraduate studies.
In completing their programs, students are required to elect two courses in other languages and literatures, history of art, history, or philosophy that are related to their field of study and approved by the director of undergraduate studies. Any graduate course in another national literature or in linguistics may be substituted for one of these two courses. Some knowledge of Latin is especially desirable.
Senior requirement: In the fall or spring of the senior year, all students majoring in Italian must present a departmental essay written in Italian and completed under the direction of a faculty adviser in Italian 491. The essay should demonstrate careful reading and research on a topic approved by the adviser in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. A recommended length for the essay is thirty pages. Prospectus and draft deadlines are determined by the adviser; the final deadline is determined by the director of undergraduate studies. The senior requirement culminates in a meeting with the department faculty to discuss the thesis and the student’s overall experience of study in the major.
Requirements of the Major
Prerequisite: ITAL 130 or equivalent Number of courses: Eleven term courses beyond prerequisite
Distribution of courses: Eight term courses in Italian numbered 140 or above, including one in the Middle Ages (in addition to one on Dante’s Divine Comedy), one in the Renaissance, and two in Italian literature after 1600, two term courses in other languages or literatures, history of art, history, or philosophy relevant to field of study and approved by DUS
Specific courses required: ITAL 150a or 151b; ITAL 310a or equivalent
Substitution permitted: Any graduate course in another national literature or linguistics for one of the two courses in other departments, with permission of DUS