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.


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.

I. Italian Language Courses

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.

II. Italian Literature and Culture Courses

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

a) 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.

b) 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

c) 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

III. One literature/culture elective from any of the 3 groups:

Listed above.

IV. Dante

ITAL-460 Dante – The Divine Comedy

V. The Senior Seminar

ITAL-489 Senior Seminar