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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Italian 560 Italian Studies Option  

Italian Studies Option

Program Director: Andrea Baldi

Undergraduate Director: Rhiannon Noel Welch

Program Faculty:

Andrea Baldi, Italian; Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)

Rudolph Bell, History; Ph.D., CUNY

T. Corey Brennan, Classics; Ph.D., Harvard

Eric Davis, Political Science; Ph.D., Chicago

Paola Gambarota, Italian; Ph.D., Yale 

Archer St. Clair Harvey, Art History; Ph.D., Princeton

Samantha Kelly, History; Ph.D., Northwestern

David Marsh, Italian; Ph.D., Harvard

Sarah Blake McHam, Art History; Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts (New York)

Paul McLean, Sociology; Ph.D., Chicago

Catherine Puglisi, Art History; Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts (New York)

Kirk Sanders, Classics; Ph.D., Texas (Austin)

Jonah Siegel, English; Ph.D., Columbia

Alessandro Vettori, Italian; Ph.D., Yale

Rhiannon Noel Welch, Italian; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Laura S. White, Italian; Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)

Virginia Yans-McLaughlin, History; Ph.D., SUNY (Buffalo)

Major Requirements

The Italian studies major provides students with intermediate proficiency in the Italian language, and a comprehensive understanding of the peoples, history, language, literature, and arts of Italy and the Italian diaspora from antiquity through the present. The Italian studies major consists of 12 courses.

Students pursuing the major typically follow the sequence below:

  • 01:560:131  Intermediate Italian I
  • 01:560:132  Intermediate Italian II
  • 01:560:321  Advanced Conversation through Current Events or 01:560:322  Advanced Conversation through Cinema
  • 01:560:231  Italian Culture I (required)
  • 01:560:232  Italian Culture II (required)

The remaining seven courses are chosen from the Italian studies course list.

Requirements and Exceptions

Italian studies majors must achieve proficiency in Italian by taking at least three courses in the Italian language, beginning with 01:560:131 (Intermediate Italian I). 

Students who place above 01:560:131 (Intermediate Italian I) are required to take an additional 200- or 300-level class in Italian (250; 302; 305; 306; etc.).

01:560:231 Italian Culture I and 01:560:232 Italian Culture II are required.

1.5-credit courses do not count toward the major.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C to count the course toward the major.

The student's program must be approved by the undergraduate director.

Italian Studies Minor

The Italian studies minor consists of six courses.

At least three of the six courses must be taken in the Italian language, beginning at the level of 01:560:131 Intermediate Italian or above. Students who place above 01:560:131 (Intermediate Italian I) are required to take two additional 200- or 300-level classes in Italian (250; 302; 305; 306, etc.).

A maximum of three courses in English will count toward the minor.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C to count the course toward the minor.

1.5-credit courses will not count toward either the major or the minor.

Three additional 200- and 300-level courses forming a coherent set are to be chosen from the Departments of Art History, Classics, History, or Music.

The student's program must be approved by the undergraduate director.

Honors in Italian Studies

Students with a 3.0 or better grade-point average and an average of 3.5 or better in the major will be invited to write an honors thesis, which may be supervised by any Italian studies faculty member. The thesis project may earn up to 6 credits toward the Italian studies major.

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