Italian Major

The major in Italian provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of Italian language, literature, and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. 

Majors in Italian will take a minimum of 10 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 ITAL 1501 will not count toward the major.)

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

CourseTitleCredits
ITAL 2001ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
ITAL 2500APPROACHES TO LITERATURE
or ITAL 2561 READING CULTURE THROUGH LITERATURE
Group I: The Middle Ages
Select one course from this group
ITALY AND THE ARTS
POLITICS AND POETRY IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE RISE OF VERNACULAR CULTURE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
DANTE AND HIS AGE
MEDIEVAL STORYTELLING
VICE AND VIRTUE IN MEDIEVAL ITALIAN LITERATURE
ARTS AND POLITICAL ITALIAN HUMANISM
ETHICS AND ECONOMIC VALUE IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
POLITICS AND POETRY IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE RISE OF VERNACULAR CULTURE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Group II: The Renaissance and Baroque
Select one course from this group
ITALY AND THE ARTS
GODS, DEMIGODS, AND MEN: RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE ITALIAN THEATER
RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE NOVELLA
ARTS AND POLITICAL ITALIAN HUMANISM
SURVEY OF LITERATURE
RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
MAGNIFICENCE AND POWER: THE MEDICI AND RENAISSANCE FLORENCE
LOVE AND HONOR IN THE RENAISSANCE COURTS
MACHIAVELLI'S UTOPIA
MACHIAVELLI'S UTOPIA
Group III: Modern and/or Contemporary Literature and Culture
Select one course from this group
CLASSICS OF ITALIAN CINEMA
FILMING THE CITY INSIDE AND OUT: A CINEMATIC JOURNEY THROUGH ITALY
THE SOUTH OF ITALY
EMIGRATION IN LITERATURE AND FILM 1850-PRESENT
CRIMINAL TALES
THE ITALIAN SHORT STORY
THE STAGE AND SOCIETY SINCE 1700
ITALIAN UNIFICATION: FILM/LITERATURE
THE MODERN ITALIAN THEATER
CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN NOVELS
ITALY AT WAR
AVANT-GUARDE MOVEMENTS
ITALIAN WOMEN WRITERS
NARRATIVE AND FILM
ITALY TODAY
WORDS ON FIRE: POETRY/SOC. TODAY
Electives
Select any five electives 1
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Any course with the ITAL subject code or the ITAL attribute code may fulfill this requirement.

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

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.

Availability

The Italian major is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. e 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.