Italy is the cradle of western civilization: seat of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church, the cultural center and economic powerhouse of the Mediterranean for nearly two millennia. And because of its geographic situation it has acted as a bridge between Europe and the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean throughout its history. No nation is more important to Europe's past or more central to its future.
The Italian Studies major introduces students to Italian civilization and teaches them the skills that will give them access to contemporary Italy. At the same time, the major emphasizes Italy's important role in a global context, its history of communication with the rest of the world, and its multi-ethnic future. Students may take courses in Italian language, literature, history, art history, cinema and opera for credit toward the major.
Italy is a very popular study abroad destination for Miami students, second only to the Miami campus at Luxembourg in yearly enrollments. Students may take our summer language courses in Urbino, a beautiful Renaissance city in northern Italy. Or they may register in a wide range of approved courses, offered by other Miami departments and by other universities.
The Italian Studies program sponsors film series every year, and a weekly Italian Table, where students can practice their Italian over dinner.
Requirements for the B. A. in Italian Studies
First year Italian language courses (ITL 101 and 102 or ITL 105.W) are prerequisites for the major; the student will take 30 credit hours of Italian and Italian related courses above the 100 level. Italy: Matrix of Civilization (ITL 221) is required for all majors. Students will select a minimum of 18 hours from core courses in Art, Classics, History, Italian Studies, or Music, and the remaining hours (a maximum of 9) from either core courses or our list of auxiliary Italian-related courses (see below for details).
Core courses: 18 to 27 hours should be taken from ART 314, ART 484, CLS 102, CLS 402, HST 315, HST 328, HST 452, ITL 201 and ITL 202 (or ITL 205.W), ITL/AMS/FST 222, ITL/FST 262, ITL 301, ITL 302, ITL 305.W, ITL/ENG 364, ITL/ENG 401, ITL 410, or MUS 180.B.
Any remaining hours, a maximum of 9, can be taken from ARC 405.E, ART 316, ART 381, ART 382, ART 383, CLS 215, CLS 224, CLS 332, HST 448, or HST 449.
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