Major Requirements

Note: Upon consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, students who study abroad for a semester can apply two courses toward the Major, while those who study abroad for a full year may apply a maximum of four courses toward the Major.


Course Requirements for the Major

The Italian major takes an integrative approach to prepare students to explore connections and understand the continuum from past to present. From the gateway course to the senior seminar, all courses are designed to introduce students to Italian culture in all its manifestations. Students develop their critical and analytical skills through intellectual dialogue in small class settings while the program’s integrated overseas experience gives students new perspectives and approaches to world issues.

Italian majors at Georgetown are required to complete 10 to 12 courses depending on the results of the student’s placement exam (12 if they begin in Intensive Basic, 11 if they begin in Intensive Intermediate, and 10 if they begin in Intensive Advanced). One course toward the major may be in taught English. Italian Majors are also required to spend a semester or an academic year in Italy studying at an Italian university.

  • ITAL-009 Italian for Spanish Speakers
  • ITAL-011 Intensive Basic Italian
  • ITAL-032 Intensive Intermediate Italian
  • ITAL-111 Intensive Advanced Italian I
  • ITAL-112 Intensive Advanced Italian II
  • ITAL-231 Contemporary Italy (before overseas study) or another 200 or 300-level course
  • ITAL-233 Writing: Literature/Culture*
  • ITAL-237 Business Italian

*Note: Since ITAL-233 is not offered every semester, make an appointment with the chair or with your adviser if for some reason you are unable to take it in order to discuss possible alternatives.

Students must take one course from each of the following groups:

From the Origins to the Renaissance

  • ITAL-311 Italian Art, Literature and History 1200-1500
  • ITAL-368 Politics, Society & Culture in Renaissance Italy
  • ITAL-374 Theater, Politics and Art in the Italian Renaissance
  • ITAL-379 Poetry of Courtly Love in Italy
  • ITAL-383 Love, Religion, and War
  • ITAL-385 Madness in Italian Literature and Theater
    (Can fulfill any group requirement based on a student’s final paper)
  • ITAL-387 Love and Friendship in Medieval Italy
  • ITAL-391 History of the Italian Language
  • ITAL-412 Boccaccio

If for some reason a course from any of the groups is not taught on the semester you need to graduate, make an appointment with your adviser or with the chair to discuss possible alternatives.

From Baroque to the Age of Realism

  • ITAL-358 Literature of United Italy
  • ITAL-370 Modern Italian Theater
  • ITAL-382 The Fantastic in Nineteenth & Twentieth-Century Italian Literature
  • ITAL-384 Theater and Opera
  • ITAL-388 Sex and Politics in Italian Theater and Cinema
  • ITAL-392 The Theater of Power: Dynasties, Politics, and Theater, 1500-1800
  • ITAL-452 Theater of the Sacred: Between Faith and Politics
  • ITAL-467 Italian Theater
  • ITAL-473 Farewell to Realism: Decadence, Avant-Garde, Modernism

From Modernism to the Present

  • ITAL-315 Le Altre Italie: Italy and the Culture of Contemporary Ethnic Identity
  • ITAL-321 Poetics of Lightness: Italo Calvino and Post-War Italian Culture
  • ITAL-337 Italian Cinema: Adventurous Journey
  • ITAL-359 Bella Ciao! Women’s Identity in Twentieth Century Italy
  • ITAL-360 Giallo! Italian Detective Fiction
  • ITAL-380 Identity and Resistance in Fascist Italy
  • ITAL-381 Italian Contemporary Poetry
  • ITAL-390 Mafia: Realities and Fiction
  • ITAL-404 The Twentieth-Century Italian Novel
  • ITAL-411 From Novel to Film
  • ITAL-425 From Mazzini to the Euro: The European Consciousness in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature
  • ITAL-426 Encounters with the Other: The Ethnographic Imagination in Italian Literature
  • ITAL-445 The Betrayals of Translation
  • ITAL-471 The Writing Factory: Science, Machines, and the Technology of the Word in 20th-Century Italian Literature

ITAL-460 Dante – The Divine Comedy

ITAL-489 Senior Seminar