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Bachelor of Arts in ItalianStudents on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements (ITALBA)Department of French and Italian

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.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as listed below.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 30 credit hours (in FRIT-M courses above FRIT-M 150), including the requirements listed below.

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  1. Italian.
    1. 25 credit hours from the Courses taught in Italian list.
      • FRIT-M 200 Intermediate Italian I P: FRIT-M 110, FRIT-M 115, or FRIT-M 150; or appropriate placement test score. Building on Elementary Italian I and II, students further study and practice fundamental concepts and structures in Italian grammar. Through a variety of assignments and activities, they strengthen proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, cultural analysis and understanding. Includes an introduction to brief literary texts. Credit given for only one of FRIT-M 200 or FRIT-M 215. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 215 Accelerated Second-Year Italian P: FRIT-M 110, FRIT-M 115, or FRIT-M 150; or appropriate placement test score. An accelerated treatment of material covered in both FRIT-M 200 and FRIT-M 250. Designed for students who have completed FRIT-M 115 and other highly motivated students, students with extensive experience with another language, and/or students who aspire to study abroad. Credit given for only one of the following: FRIT-M 215 or FRIT-M 200 and FRIT-M 250. (4 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 250 Intermediate Italian II P: FRIT-M 200 or appropriate placement test score. The study of more complex concepts and structures in Italian grammar. Through a variety of texts, media, and assignments, students practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and they analyze cultural topics and situations in greater depth. Increased attention to short literary texts. Credit given for only one of FRIT-M 250 or FRIT-M 215. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 300 Italian Conversation and Diction P: FRIT-M 215 or FRIT-M 250, or consent of instructor. Conducted in Italian, this course continues the study of advanced structures through a variety of media and authentic texts. While the focus is on accuracy and fluency in speaking, practice with other skills and the study of Italian culture will be integrated throughout. (4 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 301 Italian Reading and Expression P: FRIT-M 215 or FRIT-M 250, or consent of instructor. Conducted in Italian, this course introduces students to reading strategies, basic analysis, and discussion of Italian literature of different time periods and genres. Includes advanced grammar structures and vocabulary and a focus on oral and written proficiency. Prepares students for subsequent 300-level work in Italian. (4 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 305 Perspectives on Italian Culture P: FRIT-M 300 or FRIT-M 301, or consent of instructor . Interdisciplinary study of modern Italian culture with a focus on one or more of the following areas: history, literature, art, music, film, theater; from any period(s). Conducted in Italian. Topics vary. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 306 Italian Short Fiction P: FRIT-M 300 or FRIT-M 301, or consent of instructor. Explores Italian short fiction from the Middle Ages to the present. The course may focus on one or more time periods, may integrate other subjects such as history or the arts, and may have a thematic orientation. Conducted in Italian. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 307 Masterpieces of Italian Literature I P: FRIT-M 300 or FRIT-M 301, or consent of instructor. Italian literature from the Middle Ages to 1800. A selection of the centuries' most important works, connecting different time periods, authors, movements, literary genres, and their social and historical contexts. Conducted in Italian. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 308 Masterpieces of Italian Literature II P: FRIT-M 300 or FRIT-M 301, or consent of instructor. Italian Literature from 1800 to the present. A selection of the centuries' most important works, connecting different time periods, authors, movements, literary genres, and their social and historical contexts. Conducted in Italian. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 390 Studies in Italian Film P: FRIT-M 300 or FRIT-M 301, or consent of instructor. In-depth analysis of cinema as a major Italian art form and expression of Italian culture. Emphasis on specific directors (Fellini, Pasolini, Visconti, Wertmüller, Bertolucci, etc.) or themes (literature and film, neorealism, politics and ideology, film comedy, etc.). Conducted in Italian. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 396 Foreign Study in Italy P: Acceptance into an approved IU overseas study program. Credit for foreign study in Italian language, literature, and/or culture when no specific equivalent is available among departmental offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (1–6 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 403 Italian Renaissance Literature P: FRIT-M 305, FRIT-M 306, FRIT-M 307, FRIT-M 308, or FRIT-M 390; or consent of instructor. This course will focus on various authors, subjects, and literary genres of the Italian Renaissance. It may be taught as a monographic seminar on an author or topic. Taught in Italian. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 435 Theatre Workshop P: One of FRIT-M 305, FRIT-M 306, FRIT-M 307, FRIT-M 308, or FRIT-M 390; or consent of instructor. Examination of Italian theatre, including in-depth study of theatrical works of various kinds and culminating in one or more performative tasks such as the staging of scenes or the full-scale production of a play. Taught in Italian. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 450 Seminar in Italian Literature P: FRIT-M 305, FRIT-M 306, FRIT-M 307, FRIT-M 308, or FRIT-M 390; or consent of instructor. In-depth and discussion-rich analysis of specific movements, topics, or authors of Italian literature. Course content and focus vary according to time periods, genres, themes, and cultural questions, and are identified through the online Schedule of Classes each term. Taught in Italian. May be repeated with different topics for up to 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 453 Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture P: FRIT-M 305, FRIT-M 306, FRIT-M 307, FRIT-M 308, or FRIT-M 390; or consent of instructor. Study of authors, topics, and socio-cultural issues central to the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries in Italy. May be taught as a survey course of literature and culture, or focus on a specific genre, theme, or period. Taught in Italian. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 455 Seminar in Italian Cinema P: FRIT-M 305, FRIT-M 306, FRIT-M 307, FRIT-M 308, or FRIT-M 390; or consent of instructor. In-depth and discussion-rich analysis of specific movements, topics, or directors in Italian cinema. Subject may vary with each listing and is identified in the online Schedule of Classes. Taught in Italian. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 463 Contemporary and Popular Italian Culture P: One of FRIT-M 305, FRIT-M 306, FRIT-M 307, FRIT-M 308, or FRIT-M 390; or consent of instructor. A study of contemporary Italian culture and literature that includes an overview of various topics such as cinema, gender issues, theater, and music. (3 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 474 Workshop on Advanced Italian Stylistics and Expression P: FRIT-M 305, FRIT-M 306, FRIT-M 307, FRIT-M 308, or FRIT-M 390; or consent of instructor. This course focuses on the development of advanced Italian proficiency in the oral and written modes. Students will deliver presentations and write essays on a variety of topics, working with models and exercises from texts of various genres. Taught in Italian. May be repeated once for credit with consent of the undergraduate advisor. (2–4 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 496 Foreign Study in Italian P: Consent of department. Does not count as FRIT-M 400-level course in residence for major Course involves planning of research project during the year preceding period of study abroad. Time spent in research abroad must amount to at least one week for each credit hour granted.  Research paper must be presented by end of semester following foreign study. May be repeated with different topics up to a maximum of 8 credit hours. (3–8 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-M 499 Reading for Honors P: Honors student; Consent of department. Independent reading and research under the guidance of a faculty member, culminating in an advanced honors paper or project. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (1–6 credit hours.)
      • FRIT-X 493 Individual Readings in Italian Literature P: FRIT-M 200 and FRIT-M 250 and consent of department. Taught in Italian. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in FRIT-X 493 and FRIT-M 495. (1–3 credit hours.)
    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.