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Modern Languages and Cultures Department

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Italian

The B.A. in Italian provides the foundational skills for spoken and written proficiency as well as essential knowledge of Italian culture through the study of a broad range of topics such as Italian literature,  history, and contemporary ideas. The minor provides students with a solid base for the many professions linked with international endeavors and helps to prepare students to work in Italian and Italian American communities and institutions here and abroad.

With the growing interest in Italian and Italian American studies at a national level, students of the Italian program will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and language skills by integrating the major or minor into other fields, such as business, communications, economics, education, fashion, history, and political science, through interdisciplinary coursework that explores various theoretical and methodological approaches.  The program strongly encourages students to fulfill their immersion experience through study abroad.

Marist Abroad provides the opportunity for students to study at our branch campus in Florence, Italy. Freshmen may also participate in the Freshman Florence Experience.  Students of any year may take Italian classes in either Poughkeepsie or at the Florence branch campus at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students may earn credit for a major or minor in Italian in Florence, or at our other sites in Rome, Tuscania, or Venice. Classes in Italian at campuses abroad may be interchangeable with classes in Poughkeepsie for the Italian minor. Elective requirements for the minor may be satisfied at either campus, and the campus in Italy offers students a wider variety of elective course choices. 

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Course Requirements

B.A. Italian Requirements

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

STUDY ABROAD REQUIREMENT: Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits of course work in the major at the Italy branch campus. Additional semester(s) of study are strongly encouraged. Other study abroad programs in Italian-speaking environments will be considered with advisor approval. 

ITAL 201 Advanced Italian I     3 cr

ITAL 250 Italian Civilization      3 cr

ITAL 281 Italian for Conversation      3 cr

ITAL 282 Advanced Reading and Composition      3 cr

ITAL 477 Capping Course    3 cr

ITAL 3**/4** Additional upper level courses as approved by advisor. At least one elective must be literature.   21 cr

TOTAL cr requirement            36 cr

NOTE: Internships carry elective credits and will not fulfill the above requirements.

Minor Requirements

 ITAL 201 Advanced Italian I     3 cr

ITAL 250 Italian Civilization      3 cr

ITAL 281 Italian for Conversation      3 cr

ITAL 282 Advanced Reading and Composition      3 cr

ITAL 3**/4** Additional upper level courses as approved by advisor. At least one elective must be literature.   6 cr

TOTAL cr requirement    18 cr