B.A. in Italian Language

Communication through language is at the core of human experience, and the study of a foreign language provides a powerful key to successful interaction. The ability to communicate efficiently and sensitively in another language with people of different cultural backgrounds can only enhance one’s professional advancement in any career. The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures aims to enrich students’ education by helping them gain a rich preparation for the future through the support of global studies, teacher education, international tracks in other disciplines and, in general, career opportunities in key areas of domestic and international service where knowledge of a foreign language facilitates and increases the level of success.

The Italian area of the division affords the serious student of a foreign language the unique opportunity to take advantage of the Italy branch campus and Marist Abroad Program, featuring individual placement and ease of exchange, generally during the sophomore or junior years, in Florence, Rome, Tuscania, or other selected sites in Italian-speaking environments. The Italian program is offered in its entirety at the branch campus in Florence.

The Italian Minor helps prepare students interested in working with Italian or Italian American communities and institutions in the United States and abroad. This program offers a broad foundation in the humanities and social sciences. Students will expand their cultural literacy and language skills by integrating a variety of courses from the fields of business, communications, economics, education, fashion, history, and politics.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ITALIAN

Note: A minimum of 90 credits in Liberal Arts is required.

STUDY ABROAD REQUIREMENT: Students at the Marist main campus in Poughkeepsie must complete a minimum of 15 credits of course work in the major at the Florence branch campus. Additional semester(s) of study are strongly encouraged. Other study abroad programs in Italian-speaking environments will be considered with advisor approval; branch campus students are encouraged to spend a semester at one of our Italy sites at Rome or Tuscania.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
ITL 301 Advanced Italian I (M-ITAL 201)
ITC 260 Italian for Conversation or ITC 340 Italian Language and Community (M-ITAL 281/282)
ITC 310 Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes (M-ITAL 360)
ITC 320 Italy Today: Italians and Italy through the Media (M-ITAL 250)
ITC 430 Italian Civilization and Culture (M-ITAL 255)
ITC 477 Capping: Contemporary Italian Thought (M-ITAL 477)

Seven additional Italian courses at the 300 level or higher as approved by advisor. At least one must be in literature. Internships carry elective credits and will not fulfill the above requirements.

Total Credit Requirement for a Major in Italian: 36 credits

Double Major Track
ITL 301 Advanced Italian I (M-ITAL 301 Advanced Italian I)
ITC 430 Italian Civilization and Culture (M-ITAL 255)
ITC 260 Italian for Conversation (M-ITAL 281)
ITC 310 Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes (M-ITAL 360)
ITC 477 Capping: Contemporary Italian Thought (M-ITAL 477)

Five additional Italian courses at the 300 level or higher as approved by advisor. At least one must be in a literature. Internships carry elective credits and will not fulfill the above requirements.

Total Credit Requirement for a Major in Italian: 30-36 credits.

CORE/LIBERAL STUDIES & FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS

First Year Seminar, Writing for College (2 foundation courses)
PHR 185 Introduction to Italian Philosophy (M-PHIL 101) (1 course)
Ethics, Applied Ethics, or Religious Studies (1 course)
Fine Arts (1 course)
History (1 course)
Literature (fulfilled by major field requirement)
Mathematics (1 course)
Natural Science (1 course)
Social Science (1 course)

Total 36 distribution credits including related field requirements, some of which may be fulfilled by foreign language and culture courses.