Course Requirements - Ph.D. in Italian

PDF icon Course Requirements 4-Year Plan - entering with an approved Masters degree in Italian

PDF icon Course Requirements 5-Year Plan - without an approved Masters degree in Italian

In selecting courses, please note that Ph.D. students are expected to take 5000-, 6000-, 7000-, and 8000-level courses whenever possible. In certain circumstances, students may be permitted to take a 4000-level course and have it count toward the Ph.D. The student will need the permission of his/her advisor to register for 4000 level courses. 8193, Individual Studies (independent study) may not be used to satisfy a requirement without the approval of the Graduate Advisor. Independent study courses should be taken only as a last resort when regularly scheduled courses will not satisfy remaining requirements.

Teaching Aprenticeship FRIT 8303

FR/IT 8303 is an apprenticeship for doctoral students to work with faculty members on the design and teaching of 2000 to 3000-level language, linguistics, literature, culture, and film courses. Students may register for the 8303 up to 2 times during the graduate program and for up to 3 credit hours each time they take it. Interested students should contact the faculty member who will teach the course in which they are interested the following semester.


  • The faculty mentor will discuss with the apprentice the goals and expected learning outcomes of the course; how the reading list, activities, and assignments are intended to help students reach those goals; and how the examinations and other graded assignments are intended to measure those expected outcomes.
  • The apprentice will attend the course regularly.
  • The faculty mentor will discuss with and demonstrate to the apprentice how s/he writes and evaluates assignments and examinations.
  • Twice during the semester, the apprentice will be asked to plan and teach a lesson on the syllabus under the guidance and supervision of the faculty mentor. The mentor will then provide to the student oral and written feedback on each of his/her lessons.
  • At the end of the semester, the apprentice will submit two assignments:
    • an annotated bibliography compiled in consultation with the faculty mentor, covering (1) a number of possible primary texts (other than those used in the course being taught) that could be used in such a course, and (2) a number of important secondary sources that provide background for teaching the course.
    • a complete syllabus for a course similar to the one in which s/he apprenticed and that s/he could submit with a job application.
  • Apprentices are not to serve as graders, research associates, or substitute teachers for the faculty member. The teaching apprenticeship is for the benefit of the student; it serves to give him/her experience and training in conceiving, constructing, and teaching an intermediate-level course.
  • Students who have done a graduate apprenticeship will have priority over students who have not when the department is able to assign a 2000- or 3000-level course to a graduate teaching associate.


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