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For the Class of 2015 and Beyond


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FOR THE CLASS OF 2015 and BEYOND

Major in Italian Language + Literature  |  Major in Italian Studies  |  Italian Minor


NOTE: Students who intend to major in Italian Language & Literature or Italian Studies, or minor in Italian should prepare their schedules in consultation with an Italian adviser. To declare the major or the minor and be assigned an adviser, please contact the Department Associate Chair in your college.
 
 The major in italian language and literature


The major in Italian language and literature 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 language and literature only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.

Majors in Italian language and literature perfect their advanced proficiency in the Italian language, refine their analytical skills, and acquire a critical understanding of the historical development of Italian literary and cultural tradition over the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the present, and in all its diverse but often intersecting expressions, from literature to cinema to the fine arts and performing arts. The study of such canonical authors as Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio and the masters of the Italian Renaissance (Ariosto, Machiavelli, Michelangelo and Tasso), of modern poetry (Leopardi, Ungaretti and Montale), theatre (Goldoni, Pirandello and Fo) and cinema (Rossellini, De Sica, Pasolini, Fellini), is complemented and enriched by the discussion of the relationship between culture, politics and religion in the early and modern periods, and the analysis of women’s voices (from the lyrics of Vittoria Colonna to the poetry of Alda Merini, from Neera’s stories to the narratives of Elena Ferrante and Igiaba Scego), immigrants’ italophone narratives (e.g., Pap Khouma, Amara Lakhous and Christiana De Caldas Brito), and new cinematic languages (e.g., Gianni Amelio, Gabriele Salvatores, Ferzan Ozpetek). Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Italian are strongly recommended to develop a reading knowledge of a classical language or a second modern foreign language.


Requirements:

Majors in Italian language and literature will take a minimum of ten courses, all in Italian, numbered 1501 (Intermediate Italian I) and higher, to be selected in consultation with the Italian adviser. Students, who place out of any of the following, ITAL 1501, 1502 and/or 2001, will replace them with upper-level courses. The ten courses for the major normally include Italian Language and Literature (ITAL 2001), Approaches to Literature (ITAL 2500) or Reading Culture Through Literature (ITAL 2561), and six elective courses (or more, depending upon initial placement).
 

At least one of the ten courses required for the major must be taken in each of the following groups:

Group I
The Middle Ages
  Courses 
include:

ITAL 2701-Culture and Civilization; ITAL 2800-Italy and the Arts; ITAL 2801-A Cultural History of Italy; ITAL 3011-Dante and His Age; ITAL 3012-Medieval Storytelling; ITAL 3021-Vice and Virtue in Italian Medieval Literature; ITAL 3050-Arts and Politics in Italian Humanism; ITAL 3061-Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio; ITAL 4102-Divina Commedia

Group II The Renaissance and Baroque
  Courses include: ITAL 2800-Italy and the Arts; ITAL 2801-A Cultural History of Italy; ITAL 2805-Gods, Demigods and Men: Renaissance and Baroque in Italian Theater; ITAL 3020-Renaissance and Baroque Novella; ITAL 3050-Arts and Politics in Italian Humanism; ITAL 3120-Renaissance Literature; ITAL 3125-Love and Honor in Renaissance Courts; ITAL 3201-Baroque and Enlightenment; ITAL 3220-Early Italian Theater; ITAL 3601-Imagined and Real Travels
Group III Modern and/or Contemporary Literature and Culture
  Courses include: ITAL 2640-Classics of Italian Cinema; ITAL 3055-Trends in Contemporary Literature; ITAL 3100-Modern Culture and Society; ITAL 3280-Italian Short Story; ITAL 3402-Modern History, Literature and Film; ITAL 3540-Liberty and Tyranny in the 18th and 19th centuries; ITAL 3542-Nature in Art and Literature Since 1700; ITAL 3630-Contemporary Italian Novels; ITAL 3651-Resistance Literature; ITAL 3652-Italian Theater and Cinema; ITAL 3680-Modern Literature and History; ITAL 3701-Italian Women Writers; ITAL 3901-Narrative and Film; ITAL 3905-Modern Italian Poetry; ITAL 3910-Italy Today; ITAL 3920-Words on Fire: Poetry and Society Today

Study Abroad Policy: Students studying abroad for one semester may apply up to three study abroad courses toward the Italian Language and Literature major.
  Students studying abroad for one year may apply no more than four study abroad courses toward the Italian Language and Literature major.
 
Programs that provide direct enrollment in the Italian university system are particularly encouraged, as are family stays. Students should consult with their Italian adviser for a list of programs approved by the department. 

NOTE: Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their major must have these courses approved by their Italian faculty adviser prior to their going abroad.
   
 S e n i o r   T h e s i s

Italian language and literature majors who show great potential and intellectual curiosity and whose course work in Italian has been consistently outstanding may choose to write a thesis under faculty supervision and be considered for Honors in Italian language and literature. The thesis must be written in Italian and will normally be 25-35 pages in length. A 3 to 5-page thesis proposal, including a preliminary bibliography, should be submitted to the faculty mentor, chosen by the student in consultation with the major adviser, in the semester prior to the completion of the thesis. Students will be able to complete their thesis in a tutorial/independent study (ITAL 4999). The senior thesis tutorial may count as one of the elective courses required for the major. Students will present their research at a thesis defense, before the Italian faculty, in the spring of their senior year.
 
 H o n o r s

Honors in Italian language and literature 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.

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The major in Italian studies 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 studies only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.
 
Italian studies is an individualized, interdisciplinary major. Italian studies majors perfect their advanced proficiency in Italian, refine their critical skills, and explore Italian literature, culture and history in the Mediterranean, European or global contexts, from a broad range of disciplinary and critical perspectives such as anthropology, art history, classical languages and civilizations, communications and media studies, history, music history, political science, sociology, theology, visual arts, and women’s studies, among others.

In close consultation with an Italian major adviser, students design an individualized course of study, which may include up to three courses taught in Eglish or offered by other departments and programs, on topics relevant to Italian cultureand its relationto world cultures,histories, economics and politics. Students who wish to take courses outside the department must provide their advisers with a copy of the course syllabus for approval before registering for the course. They will also be required to keep a portfolio of all their work and provide a written proposal of their course of study.
Requirements:

Majors in Italian studies will take ten courses numbered 1501 (Intermediate Italian I) and higher. The ten courses for the major normally include Italian Language and Literature (ITAL 2001), Approaches to Literature (ITAL 2500) or Reading Culture Through Literature (ITAL 2561), and six elective courses (or more, depending upon initial placement) to be selected in consultation with the Italian studies major adviser. Students, who place out of any of the following, ITAL 1501, 1502 and/or 2001, will replace them with upper-level courses.
 
Although it is not required, Italian studies majors who plan to go on to graduate school in Italian, comparative literary and cultural studies, or foreign language pedagogy are strongly recommended to take courses covering both early and modern Italian literature and culture (see the group distribution in the Italian language and literature major), and to develop a reading knowledge of a classical language or a second modern foreign language.
 
Sample Courses of Study:

NOTE: Students are not limited to the options listed below. They should work closely with an Italian major adviser to design a cohesive study plan, which will expose them to a broad and diverse array of literary, visual and audio texts, modes of thinking and critical approaches.
 
Sample Electives:
Italy and the Arts
 
ITAL 2800-Italy and the Arts; ITAL 2805-Gods, Demigods and Men: Renaissance and Baroque Italian Theater; ITAL 3050-Arts and Politics in Italian Humanism; ITAL 3530-The Stage and Society since 1700; ITAL 3625-The Modern Theater; ITAL 3660-Avant-Garde Movements; ARHI 2415-Italian Renaissance Art; ARHI 3315-The City of Rome; ARHI 3455-Michelangelo; LATN 3043-Drama in Ancient Rome; THEA 2750-Performing Italian;
Sample Electives: Italy, Film and Media Studies
 
ITAL 2640-Classics of Italian Cinema; ITAL 2801-A Cultural History of Italy; ITAL 3652-Italian Theater and Cinema; ITAL 3500-Comedy and Satire in Italian Cinema; ITAL 3550-Unification: Film and Literature; ITAL 3901-Narrative and Film; COLI 3112-Italian Neorealist Cinema; COLI 3113-Women and Italian Cinema; COLI 3117-Social Issues in Italian Cinema; ENGL 3836-Fiction into Film; HIST 4542-Italy Through Foreign Eyes;
Sample Electives: Italy, Europe and the Mediterranean
 
ITAL 2801-A Cultural History of Italy; ITAL 3011-Dante and His Age; ITAL 3550-Italian Unification: Film and Literature; ITAL 3601-Imagined and Real Travels; ITAL 3630-Contemporary Italian Novels; ITAL 3660-Avant-Guarde Movements; ITAL 3680-Modern Literature and History; ITAL 3701-Italian Women Writers; ITAL 3910-Italy Today; ARHI 2236-Cultural Encounters: Islam and the West; CLAS 3020-Greek and Roman Art; CLAS 3130-Fall of the Roman Republic; COLI 4016-Rewriting the Mediterranean; HIST 3541-Modern Italy; HIST 3544-Italy in the Wider World; HIST 3545-Race and Nation in Modern Europe; HIST 3624-European Cities; HIST 4542-Italy Through Foreign Eyes; HIST 4980-The Renaissance and the Islamic World; MLAL 3820-Memory and Identity in Modern Italy; LATN 3060-Readings in Vergil; PHIL 3510-Love and Empire: Roman Philosophy; POSC 2620-Politics of the European Union;
Sample Electives: Italy and the Italian American Experience / Italy and the Italian Diaspora
 
ITAL 2801-A Cultural History of Italy; ITAL 3525-Southern Writers 1860 on; ITAL 3630-Contemporary Italian Novels; ITAL 3601-Imagined and Real Travels; ITAL 3801-Italian American Literature; AMCS 3200-American & Catholic; AMST 2000-Major Developments in American Culture; ENGL 3652-New WaveImmigrant Fiction; POSC 2320-Politics of Immigration; SOCI 3140-Old and New Minorities in the US; SOCI 3404-Gender and Migration; SOCI 3408-Diversity in American Society; THEO 3877-Religion and the American Self;

Study Abroad 
Policy:
Students studying abroad for one semester may apply up to three study abroad courses toward the Italian studies major.
  Students studying abroad for one year may apply no more than four study abroad courses toward the Italian studies major.
 
Programs that provide direct enrollment in the Italian university system are particularly encouraged, as are family stays. Students should consult with their Italian adviser for a list of programs approved by the department. 

NOTE: Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their major must have these courses approved by their Italian faculty adviser prior to their going abroad.
 
F i n a l   P r e s e n t a t i o n

Italian studies major will be required to make an oral or written presentation during the spring semester of their senior year in which they demonstrate their independent work in the target field.
 
S e n i o r   T h e s i s

Italian studies majors who show great potential and intellectual curiosity and whose course work in Italian has been consistently outstanding may choose to write a thesis under faculty supervision and be considered for Honors in Italian studies. The thesis will normally be written in Italian and will normally be 25-35 pages in length. A 3 to 5-page thesis proposal, including a preliminary bibliography, should be submitted to the faculty mentor, chosen by the student in consultation with the major adviser, in the semester prior to the completion of the thesis. Students will be able to complete their thesis in a tutorial/independent study (ITAL 4999). The senior thesis tutorial may count as one of the elective courses required for the major. Students will present their research at a thesis defense, before the Italian faculty, in the spring of their senior year.
 
H o n o r s

Honors in Italian studies 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.

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T h e   I t a l i a n   M i n o r

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

Students who minor in Italian have the opportunity to strengthen their language skills at the advanced level, and are introduced to the critical analysis and appreciation of major periods, genres and authors of Italian literature and culture.

 Requirements: 

Italian minors will take a minimum of six courses, all in Italian, numbered 1501 (Intermediate Italian I) and higher to be selected in consultation with the Italian adviser. In addition to the Italian core courses ITAL 2001 (Italian Language and Literature) and ITAL 2500 (Approaches to Literature) or ITAL 2561 (Reading Culture Through Literature), a minimum of two 3000-level courses must be taken. Students, who place out of any of the following, ITAL 1501, 1502 and/or 2001, will replace them with upper-level courses.


Study Abroad 
Policy:
A maximum of two courses taken abroad for one semester and a maximum of three courses taken abroad for one year may apply toward the Italian minor. Programs that provide direct enrollment in the Italian university system are particularly encouraged, as are family stays. Students should consult with their Italian adviser for a list of programs approved by the department.
 

NOTE: Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their minor must have these courses approved by their Italian faculty adviser prior to their going abroad.
 
 
I n t e r n s h i p s

Students who wish to pursue an internship and receive college credit for it should contact their Italian adviser and Career Services to identify internship opportunities relevant to their field of study and professional interests. Credits in Italian for internship tutorials will be granted depending upon the type of internship, the extent to which the Italian language is used in the work environment, and the relevance of the experience to a student’s course of study. The number of credits is contingent on the fulfillment of various requirements such as regular meetings with the adviser, weekly written reports, and completion of a final project among others.

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For course descriptions, browse the University Catalog.

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