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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Italian Minor

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (IT)

The Italian minor offers training in the skills required for fluency in Italian and knowledge in Italian culture, civilization, and literature. Its aim is to open to the student both the traditions of one of the major formative components of the Western world and the continuing vitality of modern Italian and Italian-American life.

As one of the humanistic programs of the College of the Liberal Arts, the Italian minor is not designed to be directly vocational. Nevertheless, rigorous training in this minor can prepare students for rewarding and unique careers in business, travel, ministry, banking, and education. In addition, the federal government employs liberal arts graduates with foreign-language skills in organizations including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Department of Labor. The Italian minor can be preparatory for the major and for study abroad, as well as graduate work directed to the Ph.D. degree required for teaching and research in colleges and universities. Students with backgrounds in the humanities are particularly successful applicants to professional schools, such as law and medicine.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


Select 12 credits of Italian courses (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits of 400-level Italian courses (Sem: 5-8)

Note: Elementary Italian Language courses (IT 001, 002, and 010) and lower-division Culture and Civilization (IT 130 and 131) or lower division Literature in Translation (IT 230) courses may not be credited toward the minor.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2009

Blue Sheet Item #: 37-03-028

Review Date: 11/18/08