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Italian Major

Effective Fall 2019

Advising

The Department offers majors in French, Italian, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Spanish. It offers minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Appointments are scheduled online or at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.

Prerequisites

ITALIAN 230, 232, 233, or 410, or the equivalent.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30
  • A minimum of 30 credits in Italian courses numbered ITALIAN 235 and above.
  • 12 credits must be conducted in the target language of Italian. Of these, at least one course must be at the 200-level beyond 233, at least one at the 300-level, and at least one at the 400-level.
  • One course must be focused on Italian literature and/or culture of periods prior to 1900.
  • Three credits may be accepted from courses in a cognate field, selected in consultation with and approved by the department advisor.
  • ITALIAN 410 (Italian for Spanish Speakers) does not count toward the Italian requirements for the major.

Residency

A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.  At least one course at either the 300- or 400-level, taught in Italian, must be taken in RLL at the Ann Arbor campus.

Italian majors are encouraged to consider study abroad programs with an emphasis on Italian immersion. For information on receiving credit for study abroad in other programs, consult the department advisor.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the CATALAN, FRENCH, ITALIAN, PORTUG, ROMLANG, ROMLING, and SPANISH subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study during their junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following foreign study), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Italian. Admission to senior-level Honors work in Italian is by application only (forms are available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll). A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all Italian courses, is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Italian.  The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written Italian, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.

Italian Honors majors are required to complete 33 credits of coursework and successfully defend a thesis:

Course Requirements:

All regular Italian major requirements must be completed (30 credits) with 3 additional credits at the 300 level or above.  6 of the required 33 credits will consist of ITALIAN 491 and 492, Senior Honors Courses, normally taken in the fall and winter terms, respectively, of a student’s senior year.

Thesis Requirement:

Composition of a thesis, in Italian, incorporating the results of individual research, demonstrating a substantial piece of work; and

A presentation and discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.

Working under the direction of a faculty member who serves as thesis director, the student will research the thesis, complete a bibliography and prospectus, and begin drafting the writing process while enrolled in ITALIAN 491. In the following academic term the student will enroll in ITALIAN 492 and complete the thesis and its presentation and discussion.

Italian (Major) (Fall 2018 - Summer 2019)

Effective Fall 2018

Advising

The Department offers majors in French, Italian, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Spanish. It offers minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Appointments are scheduled online or at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.

Prerequisites

ITALIAN 230, 232, or 233; or the equivalent.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30
  • A minimum of 30 credits in Italian courses numbered ITALIAN 235 and above.
  • 12 credits must be conducted in the target language of Italian. Of these, at least one course must be at the 200-level beyond 233, at least one at the 300-level, and at least two at the 400-level.
  • One course must be focused on Italian literature and/or culture of periods prior to 1900.
  • Three credits may be accepted from courses in a cognate field, selected in consultation with and approved by the department advisor.
  • ITALIAN 410 (Italian for Spanish Speakers) does not count toward the Italian requirements for the major.

Residency

A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.  At least one course at either the 300- or 400-level, taught in Italian, must be taken in RLL at the Ann Arbor campus.

Italian majors are encouraged to consider study abroad programs with an emphasis on Italian immersion. For information on receiving credit for study abroad in other programs, consult the department advisor.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the CATALAN, FRENCH, ITALIAN, PORTUG, ROMLANG, ROMLING, and SPANISH subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study during their junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following foreign study), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Italian. Admission to senior-level Honors work in Italian is by application only (forms are available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll). A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all Italian courses, is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Italian.  The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written Italian, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.

Italian Honors majors are required to complete 33 credits of coursework and successfully defend a thesis:

Course Requirements:

All regular Italian major requirements must be completed (30 credits) with 3 additional credits at the 300 level or above.  6 of the required 33 credits will consist of ITALIAN 491 and 492, Senior Honors Courses, normally taken in the fall and winter terms, respectively, of a student’s senior year.

Thesis Requirement:

Composition of a thesis, in Italian, incorporating the results of individual research, demonstrating a substantial piece of work; and

A presentation and discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.

Working under the direction of a faculty member who serves as thesis director, the student will research the thesis, complete a bibliography and prospectus, and begin drafting the writing process while enrolled in ITALIAN 491. In the following academic term the student will enroll in ITALIAN 492 and complete the thesis and its presentation and discussion.

Italian (Major) (Fall 2017 - Summer 2018)

Effective Fall 2017

Advising

The Department offers majors in French, Italian, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Spanish. It offers minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Appointments are scheduled online or at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.

Prerequisites

ITALIAN 230, 232, or 233; or the equivalent.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30
  • A minimum of 30 credits in Italian courses numbered ITALIAN 235 and above.
  • 18 credits must be conducted in the target language of Italian. Of these, at least one course must be at the 200-level beyond 233, at least one at the 300-level, and at least two at the 400-level.
  • Two courses must be focused on Italian literature and/or culture of periods prior to 1900.
  • Three credits may be accepted from courses in a cognate field, selected in consultation with and approved by the department advisor.
  • ITALIAN 410 (Italian for Spanish Speakers) does not count toward the Italian requirements for the major.

Residency

A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.  At least one course at either the 300- or 400-level, taught in Italian, must be taken in RLL at the Ann Arbor campus.

Italian majors are encouraged to consider study abroad programs with an emphasis on Italian immersion. For information on receiving credit for study abroad in other programs, consult the department advisor.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the CATALAN, FRENCH, ITALIAN, PORTUG, ROMLANG, ROMLING, and SPANISH subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study during their junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following foreign study), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Italian. Admission to senior-level Honors work in Italian is by application only (forms are available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll). A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all Italian courses, is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Italian.  The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written Italian, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.

Italian Honors majors are required to complete 33 credits of coursework and successfully defend a thesis:

Course Requirements:

All regular Italian major requirements must be completed (30 credits) with 3 additional credits at the 300 level or above.  6 of the required 33 credits will consist of ITALIAN 491 and 492, Senior Honors Courses, normally taken in the fall and winter terms, respectively, of a student’s senior year.

Thesis Requirement:

Composition of a thesis, in Italian, incorporating the results of individual research, demonstrating a substantial piece of work; and

A presentation and discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.

Working under the direction of a faculty member who serves as thesis director, the student will research the thesis, complete a bibliography and prospectus, and begin drafting the writing process while enrolled in ITALIAN 491. In the following academic term the student will enroll in ITALIAN 492 and complete the thesis and its presentation and discussion.

Italian (Major) (Fall 2016 - Summer 2017)

Effective Fall 2016

Advising

The Department offers majors in French, Italian, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Spanish. It offers minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Appointments are scheduled online or at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.

Prerequisites

ITALIAN 230, 232, or 233; or the equivalent.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30
  • A minimum of 30 credits in Italian courses numbered ITALIAN 235 and above.
  • 18 credits must be conducted in the target language of Italian. Of these, at least one course must be at the 200-level beyond 233, at least one at the 300-level, and at least two at the 400-level.
  • Two courses must be focused on Italian literature and/or culture of periods prior to 1900.
  • Three credits may be accepted from courses in a cognate field, selected in consultation with and approved by the department advisor.
  • ITALIAN 410 (Italian for Spanish Speakers) does not count toward the Italian requirements for the major.

Residency

A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.  At least one course at either the 300- or 400-level, taught in Italian, must be taken in RLL at the Ann Arbor campus.

Italian majors are encouraged to consider study abroad programs with an emphasis on Italian immersion. For information on receiving credit for study abroad in other programs, consult the department advisor.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the CATALAN, FRENCH, ITALIAN, PORTUG, ROMLANG, ROMLING, and SPANISH subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of the junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following study abroad), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Italian. Admission to senior-level Honors work in Italian is by application only (forms are available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll). The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written Italian, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.

A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses (including Italian courses) is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Italian. Intending students should contact the Honors advisor toward the end of their junior year, and fill out an application form. Upon admission, they enroll in ROMLANG 498 (Senior Seminar in Romance Languages & Literatures) in the fall term of their senior year and in ITALIAN 491 (Senior Honors Course) in the winter (each course counts for 3 credits toward the completion of the major). Over the course of the two semesters they will write their thesis under the supervision of a member of the professional staff. The normal requirements for the major in Italian must be completed along with the following:

  1. ITALIAN 491 (this course is in addition to the 30 credits for the major.)
  2. ROMLANG 498 (this course may be included in the 30 credits for the major.)
  3. Composition of a thesis, in Italian, incorporating the results of individual research, the minimum length being 30 pages; and
  4. A presentation and discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.

Italian Major (Winter 2013- Summer 2016)

May be elected as a departmental major

Major in Italian allows students considerable flexibility in developing a program of study leading to competence in the Italian language and basic familiarity with Italian literature and culture.

Prerequisites to the Major

ITALIAN 230, 232, or 233; or the equivalent

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 30 credits in Italian courses numbered ITALIAN 235 and above. 18 credits must be conducted in the target language of Italian. Of these, at least one course must be at the 200-level beyond 233, at least one at the 300-level, and at least two at the 400-level. Two courses must be focused on Italian literature and/or culture of periods prior to 1900. Three credits may be accepted from courses in a cognate field, selected in consultation with and approved by the department advisor.

ITALIAN 410 (Italian for Spanish Speakers) does not count toward the Italian requirements for the major.

Residence requirement: A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Italian majors are encouraged to consider study abroad programs with an emphasis on Italian immersion. For information on receiving credit for study abroad in other programs, consult the department advisor.

Honors Plan. Students holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and Italian Major GPA of 3.5, who have demonstrated superior ability in the language and serious interest in a project of research, may be admitted to a program of advanced study at the beginning of the senior year, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Italian. In addition to the normal requirements for the major, students are required to prepare a 30-page thesis in Italian and to pass an oral examination in Italian on the same subject before the last two weeks of classes. In order to be admitted to the program, students must obtain written approval from the professor with whom they wish to write the thesis and complete an application, available on the department website.

Italian Major (Winter 2010-Fall 2012)

May be elected as a departmental major

Major in Italian allows students considerable flexibility in developing a program of study leading to competence in the Italian language and basic familiarity with Italian literature and culture.

Prerequisites to the Major

ITALIAN 230, 232, or 233; or the equivalent

Requirements for the major

A minimum of 30 credits in Italian courses numbered ITALIAN 235 and above. 18 credits must be conducted in the target language of Italian. Of these, at least one course must be at the 200-level beyond 233, at least one at the 300-level, and at least two at the 400-level. Two courses must be focused on Italian literature and/or culture of periods prior to 1900. Three credits may be accepted from courses in a cognate field, selected in consultation with and approved by the department advisor.

Residence requirement: A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.  

Italian majors are encouraged to consider study abroad programs with an emphasis on Italian immersion. For information on receiving credit for study abroad in other programs, consult the department advisor.

Honors Plan. Students holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and Italian Major GPA of 3.5, who have demonstrated superior ability in the language and serious interest in a project of research, may be admitted to a program of advanced study at the beginning of the senior year, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Italian. In addition to the normal requirements for the major, students are required to prepare a 30-page thesis in Italian and to pass an oral examination in Italian on the same subject before the last two weeks of classes. In order to be admitted to the program, students must obtain written approval from the professor with whom they wish to write the thesis and complete an application, available on the department website.