Italian Undergraduate Program

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Italian Program

Italian Studies offers a rich array of language classes at all levels as well as courses in culture and civilization, film, and literature. Students entering with previous knowledge of or high school preparation in Italian, or transfer students who have studied Italian in other colleges, are assigned to courses on the basis of a departmental placement exam.

Italian 213, "Grammar for Students of Foreign Languages," is recommended for Italian majors and minors. Students also are encouraged to take courses in other literatures and Comparative Literature.

Course of Study: Italian Major

Students who wish to become Italian majors may do so, once they have completed Italian 104 or equivalent, by registering with the Italian major advisor. To be accepted and to continue as majors, they must maintain at least a 2.50 GPA in all Italian courses attempted at UWM. In addition, the College requires students to attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including transfer work.

The major in Italian may be completed in one of the following options:

  • Option A (Italian). 24 credits in Italian courses at the 300-level and above, at least 15 taken in residence at UWM. These must include Italian 311, 321, 322, and at least 9 additional credits in advanced literature courses.
  • Option B (Italian Studies). 38 credits distributed as follows: 14 credits of first- and second-year Italian language; 12 additional credits within the Italian curricular area, including 257 or 258 (others could be Italian literature-in-translation, cinema, culture and civilization, literature, or additional language courses); and 12 credits that may be taken in crosslisted courses offered by other departments or courses in the Italian curricular area. (See crosslisted courses at end of Italian courses; see also Schedule of Classes for specific semester offerings.) At least 15 of the 38 credits must be earned in courses at the 300 level and above taken in residence at UWM.

Both options of the major require that students complete a research experience. To fulfill this requirement, students must complete, with a passing grade, Italian 457, Topics in Italian Literature and Culture in Translation: (Subtitle). Students will conduct independent research related to the general theme of the course, presenting their research in a final 10- to 12-page paper.

Course of Study: Italian Minor

Eighteen credits distributed as follows: 6 credits in advanced language courses (Italian 311 and 312); 12 additional credits within the Italian curricular area, including courses in language (beyond the first year), literature, film, culture and civilization. At least 9 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including transfer work.