Undergraduate Major in Italian

Program Requirements and List of Courses

The undergraduate major advisor for Italian is Prof. Janice Aski (aski.1) Please declare as soon as you know that you want to major in Italian so that you can consult frequently with Prof. Aski.

Students choosing to major in Italian must complete the following requirements:

Prerequisites (not credited toward the undergraduate major): Italian 1103 or 5101

Major Program

The major consists of a minimum of 30 hours of course work in the department chosen from the following list with the help of a major program advisor. 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.) All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated.


2102: Contemporary Italian society
Two courses at the 4000-level or above on the OSU campus selected from the list of electives below.

Electives (21 hours) See the ‘Major requirements’ below for limitations.

2051: Italian literature in cultural context from the middle ages to the Renaissance (GE)
2052: Italian literature in cultural context from the Renaissance to the present (GE)
2053: Italian cinema (GE)
2054: Dante in translation (GE)
2055: Mafia movies (GE)
2193: Individual studies (1-9 credits)
2194: Group studies (1-9 credits)
3051: The Crossroads of Romance: Tales of Heroes and Monsters from the Odyssey to Star Wars (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
3331: The languages of Italy
3332: The sounds of Italian
3798.01: The Italian City (3-9 credits)
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 Italian Through Time (Taught in English)
4998: Undergraduate research (Permission of instructor) (1-3 credits)
4998H: Honors research (Permission of instructor) (1-3 credits)
4999: Undergraduate thesis (Permission of instructor)
4999H: Honors thesis (Permission of instructor)
5051: Latin and the Romance languages
5193: Individual studies (Permission of instructor) (1-9 credits)
5194: Group studies (Permission of instructor) (1-9 credits)
5797: Study at a foreign institution (1-9 credits)

After studying abroad students often return with advanced languages skills. Students must receive the permission of the instructor to take the following courses, most of which may be offered in English depending on enrollment. Please consult with the instructor to verify whether the course is offered in Italian or English.

7301. Teaching French and Italian at the college level
8221. Studies in Italian literature: Author
8222. Studies in Italian literature: Genre
8223. Studies In Italian literature: Theme
8241. Italian opera
8231. Dante studies
8232. Love and religion in the middle ages
8233. Boccaccio and the art of the short story
8242. Studies in Italian culture: Gender and genre.
8243. Studies in Italian cinema
8244. Studies in Italian culture: Italy at war
8245. Italian pop culture
8246. Studies in Italian culture: Migrating Italy

Major requirements

1. The major consists of a minimum of 30 hours of course work beyond 1103.

2. Majors must take It 2102 and at least two 4000-level or above courses TAUGHT IN ITALIAN.

3. Students may count 1 course taught in the English language (2051, 2052, 2053, 2054, 2055, 3051, 5051, and any course at the 7000- and 8000-level) toward the major. (Courses taught in the English language outside the Italian section do not count toward the major.)

4. Up to 9 credits of 3798.01, 3798.02, or 5797 may be counted toward the major.

5. Up to 3 credits of 2193 or 5193 and up to 6 credits of 2194 or 5194 may be counted toward the major provided that they are taught in the Italian language.

6. Up to 3 credits of 4998 (or 4998H) or up to 6 credits of 4999 (or 4999H) may be counted toward the major.

7. A minimum grade of C- is required in any course for it to count toward the major or minor.

8. As part of the procedures for assessment of the major program, graduating students will be asked to complete an online exit survey. A random selection of students may be asked to submit an essay from a 4000-level course.

Transfer credit policy

If you are transferring credit from another institution, you must have on the major program at least half of the semester credit hours earned at The Ohio State University. Your major program/department advisor, the chairperson of the department concerned, and the executive assistant dean in Arts and Sciences Advising must approve any request for a variation in this policy.