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Italian Studies

Students must complete WVU General Education Curriculum requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.A. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences  page.

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics

Italian Studies Area of Emphasis

In the Italian Studies area of emphasis, the major requires thirty-three hours of coursework beyond the intermediate level (203–204 or the equivalent) in the language of study, including a three-credit capstone experience.  The capstone may be taken anytime after completion of twenty-one hours beyond the intermediate level (204 or the equivalent).

  • Residency Requirements: Students completing a major in world languages/world language studies at WVU must fulfill a residency requirement by completing at least fifteen credit hours on campus in their area of study, excluding courses numbered 101, 102, 200, 203, 204, 493, and courses obtained through credit by examination.
     
  • Grade Point Average:  World language majors must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.25, both overall and in the major, to qualify for graduation.
     
  • Capstone Requirement: The General Education Curriculum requires the successful completion of a Capstone course. Italian Studies students should complete ITAL 491 or ITAL 496.
     
  • Writing Requirement: The General Education Curriculum requires the successful completion of a writing course ("W"), preferably in the major. Students should consult with an adviser to discuss options available for Italian Studies.

General Education Curriculum

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEC requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEC requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GECs you will need to select.

General Education Curriculum
ENGL 101
  & ENGL 102
Composition And Rhetoric
   and Composition And Rhetoric
3-6
or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing
GEC 2A - Mathematics3-4
GEC 2B - Natural and Physical Science7-8
GEC 2C - Additional GEC 2A, B or C3
GEC 3 - The Past and Its Traditions3
GEC 4 - Issues of Contemporary Society3
GEC 5 - Artistic Expression3
GEC 6 - The Individual in Society3
GEC 6F - First Year Seminar1-3
GEC 7 - American Culture3
GEC 8 - Western Culture3
GEC 9 - Non-Western Culture3
Total Hours38-45

Course List

University Requirements40
First Year Seminar
GEC: Number of electives may vary depending on overlap
Writing Course
College Requirements12
Foreign Language
General Electives35
Number of electives may vary depending on overlap
Language Courses15
Select six of the following courses:
Language Through Culture
Italian Through Film
Composition and Conversation
Advanced Conversation
Survey of Italian Literature 1
Survey of Italian Literature 2
Italian Folktales
Modern Italian Civilization
Capstone3
Senior Thesis
Professional Field Experience
Electives15
1- Select between no less than 2 and up to 5 of the following courses*
Alternate ITAL 300- or 400-level course
L'italia Dal Vivo
Italian-American Experience
Italian Cinema 1945-Present
Greek & Roman Civilizatn Cultr
Greek And Roman Myths
Intro Structural Linguistics
2- If needed, select one of the following courses:*
Approved ARHS, HIST, HUM courses
Total Hours120

* For a list of approved courses in ARHS, HIST, and HUM, please check the World Language Department's website.

Suggested Four Year Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ITAL 1013ITAL 1023
WVUE 1911ENGL 1013
GEC3GEC3
GEC3GEC3
Major Elective3Major Elective3
General Elective2 
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ITAL 2033ITAL 2043
ENGL 1023GEC 
GEC3Major Elective3
Major Elective3General Elective3
Major Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
300 Level ITAL Course3300 Level ITAL Course3
Writing Course3300 Level ITAL Course3
GEC 2B3General Elective3
GEC3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
300 Level ITAL Course3Capstone3
400 Level ITAL Course3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

 

Courses

ITAL 101. Elementary Italian 1. 3 Hours.

ITAL 102. Elementary Italian 2. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 101. Continuation of ITAL 101.

ITAL 203. Intermediate Italian 1. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 102. Continuation of ITAL 102.

ITAL 204. Intermediate Italian 2. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 203. Continuation of ITAL 203.

ITAL 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ITAL 301. Language Through Culture. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 204. Analyzes key topics in contemporary Italian popular culture, including the Italian family, young people, the role of women in Italian society, multiethnic Italy, and Italian fashion. Taught in Italian.

ITAL 302. Italian Through Film. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 204. Provides students with opportunity to improve their Italian conversational and writing skills through discussion of a variety of topics as they are represented in Italian cinema. Taught in Italian.

ITAL 303. Composition and Conversation. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 204.

ITAL 304. Advanced Conversation. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 204.

ITAL 331. Survey of Italian Literature 1. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 204. Overview of the history and key themes of Italian literature from the thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Taught in Italian.

ITAL 332. Survey of Italian Literature 2. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 204. Overview of the history and key themes of Italian literature from the nineteenth century to present. Taught in Italian.

ITAL 371. L'italia Dal Vivo. 3 Hours.

PR: ITAL 204 or consent. This course allows students to improve their ability to communicate effectively in Italian with native speakers, orally and in writing, through a full-immersion experience in Italy. Can count for the Italian studies minor.

ITAL 393A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ITAL 431. Italian Folktales. 3 Hours.

PR: Six credits of 300 level ITAL courses. Overview of Italian popular culture through the analysis of Italo Calvino's collection of folktales within a comparative European perspective, using semiotic, linguistic, and psychoanalytic approaches. Taught in Italian.

ITAL 432. Modern Italian Civilization. 3 Hours.

PR: Six credits of 300 level ITAL courses. Overview of Italian civilization and its manifestations in various cultural fields (history, literature, and cinema) from Fascism to the present. Taught in Italian.

ITAL 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

ITAL 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

ITAL 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ITAL 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty-supervised study of topics on available through regular course offerings.

ITAL 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

ITAL 498A-Z. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.