Major in Italian Studies

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About the Major

The Italian language is spoken by more than 60 million people residing all over the world. In this hemisphere there are more than 10 million descendants of immigrants from Italy living in countries from Canada to Argentina, with the United States second only to Italy itself in number of Italian-speaking residents. Italy is also the  fourth most populous EU member state, with the third largest economy in the Eurozone and the eighth largest economy in the world. It is also home to the most World Heritage Sites in the world (51), and is the birthplace to some of the most significant figures in Italian and world history, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Marco Polo.

The Italian Studies Major is for students who are not necessarily interested in advanced language proficiency, but all the same are interested in a comprehensive understanding of Italian literature, history, society and culture to enhance their understanding of global diversity. The Italian Studies Major includes courses in Italian and English from the Department of French and Italian, and a selection of courses from the departments, centers and schools of: Architecture, Classics, English, History, History of Art, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Music. The overlap of course requirements with Classics, English, History, History of Art facilitates double majoring and we encourage students to consider shortcuts to double majors. Learn more about double majoring in Double your major, double your value.

For advising question contact Janice Aski.


Requirements for the Italian Studies Major

Prerequisites

  • Italian 1103.01, 1103.02 or 5101

Core Requirements (30 credits)

Students must participate in the World Language Skills and Competencies Workshop (offered once every semester).

Courses taught in Italian (12 credits)

Italian 2102 (3 credits)

Two 3000-level courses taught in Italian (6 credits)

One 4000-level or above course taught in Italian (3 credits)

Credits for content courses (not language courses) taught in Italy that have been pre-approved by an OSU advisor may replace these content courses in Italian from the Department of French and Italian.

Courses taught in English in FRIT (9 credits)

Three courses taught in English with the Italian course listing in the Department of French and Italian, of which one course will be at the 2000-level, one at the 3000-level or above, and one at the 4000-level or above.

See below for Courses taught in English with the Italian course listing in the Department of French and Italian.

Note: If a student is double majoring, many of our courses also satisfy GE requirements.

Credits for content courses (not language courses) from any OSU-approved study abroad program in Italy that have been pre-approved by the advisor may replace content courses from the French and Italian Department.

Courses taught in English outside of FRIT (9 credits)

Three courses from outside of the Department of French and Italian.

See below for Courses outside of the Department of French and Italian taught in English. Students may petition to substitute a course that is not on this list.

Additional Notes

  • Students are strongly encouraged to do a research project at the end of their studies and graduate with research distinction. Those wishing to do so may substitute 4 credits of 4999 or 4999H: Undergraduate thesis for one course taught in English. If the research topic has substantial focus on History of Art, History, or Classics, the student will be advised to have one advisor from Italian and one from the department of the chosen focus.
  • Students must earn at least a C- in a course in order for the course to be included on the major. A 2.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) is required for all major course work.
  • Courses taken on a Pass/Non-Pass (PA/NP) basis cannot be used on the major.
  • No more than one half of the semester credit hours required on the major can be credit hours transferred to Ohio State from another institution and/or credit by examination. (In other words, at least one half of the major hours must be credit from completed OSU coursework.)
  • If a student has one major, no overlap is permitted with the GE except as expressly allowed by the rules of the GE. If a student has two majors each major must contain a minimum of 18 hours not contained in the other and overlap with the GE is permitted where appropriate.
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Courses taught in English

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The courses below satisfy the requirement for courses taught in English with the course listing in the Department of French and Italian.

2051 - Italian Journeys

2052 - Fictions of Italy: Modern and Contemporary Literature and Society

2053 - Introduction to Italian Cinema

2055 - Mafia Movies

2056: Love on the Italian screen (GE)

FRIT 2061 - Mediterranean Food Culture

3051 – Italian Romances

FRIT 3052: Mediterranean Migrations

FRIT 3053: The Black Mediterranean

5051 - Latin and the Romance Languages

  • Prereq: Equivalent of 1103 in Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, or Latin, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for RomLing 5051 or Clas 5051.

5890 - Italian Seminar

  • Prereq: qualified undergraduates with permission of instructor

5194 – Group Studies

3797 - Italy Abroad

  • No background in Italian required

3798.01 - The Italian City

  • Prereq: One 3000-level course or permission of instructor

5797 – Study at a Foreign Institution

 

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The courses below satisfy the requirement for courses taught in English with the course listing outside of the Department of French and Italian.

English

4400 Literary Locations (Italy)

  • Prerq: Permission of instructor. Concur: 5797. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.

Music

3342: Introduction to Opera

  • Prerq: English 1110 (110) or 1111 (111).

Architecture

3195 Modern Rome: The city and its architecture

History of Art

3521 Renaissance art in Italy

  • Prerq: sophomore standing

4301 Ancient Greece and Rome

  • Not open to students with credit for Clas 4301

5521 Renaissance Painting in Central Italy

2002 or permission of the instructor

History

3215 - Sex and Gender in the Ancient World

  • Prerq: English 1110.xx or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Clas 3215

3213(H) - Slavery in the Ancient World

3216 - War in the Ancient Mediterranean World

  • Prerq: English 1110.xx or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 2212

3220 - The Rise of the Roman Republic

  • Prerq: English 1110.xx; or permission of instructor

3221 - Rome from the Gracchi to Nero

  • Prerq: English 1110.xx or permission of instructor.

3222 - The Roman Empire, 69-337 CE

  • Prerq: English 1110.xx; or permission of instructor.

3223 - The Later Roman Empire

  • Prerq: English 1110.xx; or permission of instructor.

3240 - History of the Italian Renaissance, 1250-1450

  • Prerq: English 1110.xx; or permission of instructor.

HISTORY 5211 - Special Topics in Roman History

  • Prerq: Any 3000-level History course, and English 1110.xx; or Grad standing; or permission of instructor.

International Studies    

4195 - Selected Problems in International Studies: Belonging in Europe  

Classics

CLAS 3101 - Greek and Roman Epic

CLAS 3102 - Greek and Roman Drama

CLAS 3104 - The Ancient Novel: Narrative Fiction in Greece and Rome

CLAS 3203 - War in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature

CLAS 3215 - Sex and Gender in the Ancient World

  • Not open to students with credit for History 3215

CLAS 3408 - Ancient Roman Religion

CLAS 4101 - Classical Receptions: Ancient Greece and Rome in the Modern World

CLAS 4201 - Political Thought and Institutions in the Greco-Roman World

CLAS 4204 - Greek and Roman Science and Technology

CLAS 4301 - Art of Ancient Greece and Rome

  • Not open to students with credit for HistArt 4301

CLAS 5302 - Studies in Greek or Roman Topography

CLLC      

CLLC 3301.01S and CLLC 3301.02: Global Citizen Summer Camp 

CLLC 3302: Global Citizen After School Program 

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Students require their advisor’s permission to take courses on topics related to Italian Studies.

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2102: Contemporary Italian society

2051: Fictions of Italy: Medieval and Renaissance literature and society (GE)

2052: Fictions of Italy: Modern and contemporary literature and society (GE)

2053: Introduction to Italian cinema (GE)

2055: Mafia movies (GE)

2056: Love on the Italian screen (GE)

2061: Mediterranean food culture (GE)

2193: Individual studies (1-9 credits)

2194: Group studies (1-9 credits)

CLCC 3301.01S (GE)

CLLC 3301.02S (GE)

CLCC 3302S (GE)

3051: Italian Romances (GE)

FRIT 3052: Mediterranean Migrations (GE) (Cross-listed with Comparative Studies)

FRIT 3053: The Black Mediterranean (GE)

FRIT 3054: The 21st-Century Skill: Intercultural Competence for Global Citizenship (GE)

3103: Styles and stylistics

3220: Italian culture through the ages

3221: Reading Italy: Italian literature and culture

3222: Modern Italian media

3223: The regions of Italy

3224: Post-unification Italy

FRIT 3301 Discovering Second Language Acquisition

3330: The Italian language through time

3331: The languages of Italy

3332: The sounds of Italian

3570: FLC Radio show

3797: Italy abroad (3-9 credits)

3798.01: The Italian City (3-9 credits) (GE)

4191: Internship in Italy

4223: Italian cinema

4224: Survey of Italian literature

4225: Italian identities

4330: Structures of the Italian language

4401: Language Planning and Policy in Italy Through Time

4998: Undergraduate research (Permission of instructor) (1-3 credits)

4998H: Honors research (Permission of instructor) (1-3 credits)

4999: Undergraduate thesis (Permission of instructor) (3-9 credits)

4999H: Honors thesis (Permission of instructor) (3-9 credits)

5051: Latin and the Romance languages

FRIT 506: The Global Mediterranean (Cross-listed with Comparative Studies)

5193: Individual studies (Permission of instructor) (1-9 credits)

5194: Group studies (Permission of instructor) (1-9 credits)

5331: History of the Italian Language

5797: Study at a foreign institution (1-9 credits)