Italian Language and Literature Major

Majors in Italian language and literature will take a minimum of ten courses numbered ITAL 1501 Intermediate Italian I and higher, to be selected in consultation with the assigned departmental Italian major adviser. (Courses numbered lower than 1501 will not count toward the major.)

The 10 courses required for the major, to be completed all in Italian, will normally include:

Course Title Credits
ITAL 1501Intermediate Italian I3
ITAL 1502Intermediate Italian II3
ITAL 2001Italian Language and Literature3
ITAL 2500Approaches to Literature 14
or ITAL 2561 Reading Culture Through Literature
One course in The Middle Ages4
One course in The Renaissance and Baroque4
One course in Modern and/or Contemporary Literature and Culture4
Select any three electives 212

Either course serves as a prerequisite for all 3000-level courses.


Any course with the ITAL subject code may fulfill this requirement. Courses with the MLAL subject and the ITAL attribute may also apply with the Italian adviser's permission.

Students who place out of ITAL 1501ITAL 1502, or ITAL 2001 will replace them with upper-level elective courses.

AB and IB Credit

All courses counting towards the core language requirement and the major or the minor in a modern foreign language, literature and culture must be taken for credit and a letter grade. When AP or IB credits are awarded as equivalent to the 1502 level in a language, these credits will be applied toward the core language requirement and, as elective credits, toward graduation, but they will not be applied toward the major or the minor in that language.

Courses in the Middle Ages

Courses in this group have the ITMA attribute.

Course Title Credits
ITAL 2800Italy and the Arts: Politics, Religion, and Imagination in Medieval and Renaissance Italy4
ITAL 3012Medieval Storytelling4
ITAL 3021Vice and Virtue in Medieval Italian Literature4
ITAL 3050Arts and Politics in Italian Humanism4
ITAL 3062Ethics and Economic Value in Medieval Literature4
MVST 4006Dante's Cosmos: Science, Theology, and Literature4
MVST 4007The Medieval Foundations of Modernity: Petrarch and the Origins of Modern Consciousness4

Courses in the Renaissance and Baroque

Courses in this group have the ITRE attribute. 

Course Title Credits
COLI 3200Machiavelli's Utopia4
ITAL 3020Renaissance and Baroque Novella4
ITAL 3050Arts and Politics in Italian Humanism4
ITAL 3065Lies and Liars in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature4
ITAL 3120Renaissance Literature4
ITAL 3125Magnificence and Power: The Medici and Renaissance Florence4
ITAL 3215Love and Honor in the Renaissance Courts4
ITAL 3280The Italian Short Story4

Courses in Modern and/or Contemporary Literature and Culture

Courses in this group have the ITMO attribute.

Course Title Credits
COLI 4016Rewriting the Mediterranean (20th and 21st Centuries)4
ITAL 2700Filming the City Inside and Out: A Cinematic Journey Through Italy4
ITAL 2705The Souths of Italy: Words, Images, and Sounds4
ITAL 2910Emigration in Literature and Film 1850-Present4
ITAL 3030Criminal Tales4
ITAL 3452Italophone Migrant Literature From Africa and Beyond4
ITAL 3550Italian Unification: Film/Literature4
ITAL 3625The Modern Italian Theater4
ITAL 3650Italy at War4
ITAL 3701Italian Women Writers4
ITAL 3901Narrative and Film4
ITAL 3910Italy Today4
ITAL 4010Anni Di Piombo/Years of Lead: Culture, Politics, and Violence4
MLAL 3116Social Issues in Italian Literature and Film4
MLAL 3250Culture and Society in Italian Cinema4
MLAL 3535Building the Ideal City: Ethics and Economics Foundations of Realizable Utopias4

Study Abroad

The department encourages students to study abroad for one or two semesters. Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their major must have these courses approved by the Italian major adviser prior to their going abroad. Students studying abroad for one year may apply up to four study abroad courses toward their major. Students studying abroad for one semester may apply up to three study abroad courses toward their major. Additional study abroad credits accepted by Fordham University may be applied as elective credits toward graduation, but not toward the Italian major.


Honors in Italian will be awarded to students who have a GPA in the major of 3.67 or higher, and who complete an outstanding senior thesis under the direction of an Italian faculty member. Students should consult their Italian major adviser for advice and guidelines on this option early in their junior year.


The Italian major is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in Italian only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses. 

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.