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Department of French and Italian

Bachelor of Arts in Italian

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements ITALBA
The Bachelor of Arts in Italian fosters proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Italian, and it explores the literature, cinema and culture of Italy. Major requirements focus on developing a solid mastery of the four basic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and on providing an overview of Italian literature and civilization. In-depth study can be pursued through a variety of courses, with topics ranging from Dante's Divine Comedy to the Mafia in Italian cinema. An overseas summer program in Florence and semester and year-long study abroad programs in Bologna offer great opportunities to majors for immersive learning.

An Italian major allows students to establish linguistic fluency, which is important for jobs in many fields in our global economy. In addition to language skills, students who major in Italian gain many other skills that are important in today's job market: communication, negotiation, flexibility, adaptability, and multicultural understanding, among others.


The major requires at least 30 credit hours (in FRIT-M courses above FRIT-M 150), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Italian.
    1. 25 credit hours:
      • FRIT-M 200 Intermediate Italian I
      • FRIT-M 215 Accelerated Second-Year Italian
      • FRIT-M 250 Intermediate Italian II
      • FRIT-M 300 Italian Conversation and Diction
      • FRIT-M 301 Italian Reading and Expression
      • FRIT-M 305 Perspectives on Italian Culture
      • FRIT-M 306 Italian Short Fiction
      • FRIT-M 307 Masterpieces of Italian Literature I
      • FRIT-M 308 Masterpieces of Italian Literature II
      • FRIT-M 322 Visions of Italy through the Arts, Media, Society, and Culture
      • FRIT-M 390 Studies in Italian Film
      • FRIT-M 396 Foreign Study in Italy
      • FRIT-M 403 Italian Renaissance Literature
      • FRIT-M 435 Theatre Workshop
      • FRIT-M 450 Seminar in Italian Literature
      • FRIT-M 453 Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture
      • FRIT-M 455 Seminar in Italian Cinema
      • FRIT-M 463 Contemporary and Popular Italian Culture
      • FRIT-M 474 Workshop on Advanced Italian Stylistics and Expression
      • FRIT-M 496 Foreign Study in Italian
      • FRIT-M 499 Reading for Honors
      • FRIT-X 493 Individual Readings in Italian Literature
    2. Seven (7) credit hours from the list above must be at the 400–499 level. One (1) of the 400–499 courses (3 credit hours) must be taken on the Bloomington campus, exclusive of FRIT-M 496 , FRIT-M 499, and FRIT-X 493.
  2. Electives. Five (5) additional credit hours offered through the Italian program (FRIT-M courses). The remaining credit hours may be earned by completing courses taught in English.
  3. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.