Bachelor of Arts in Italian

Why Study Italian?

Apart from being the number one study abroad destination among university students, Italy’s importance in the corporate world and its complimentary pairing with humanities studies make Italian the fourth most studied foreign language in the United States. The Italian Major at Temple University is an interdisciplinary course of study that, in addition to being built on requirements of language proficiency and core knowledge of Italian literary history, places strong emphasis on cultural, global, and national identity studies. An additional learning goal for students of Italian is to demonstrate understanding and appreciation of cultural perspectives and practices in the Italian-speaking world. The program’s methodology is based on a communicative approach coupled with technology–based student engagement practice to enhance the students’ language retention, level of competency, and proficiency, as well as to provide a window into Italian culture. The transferable communication and critical thinking skills acquired by the program prove invaluable to employers of liberal arts graduates.

Study Abroad

Students declaring a major or minor in Italian are encouraged to study abroad. Temple has its own campus in Rome, Italy, which offers courses in a variety of fields, including language, art, art history, architecture, and international business. Students interested in studying in Italy should discuss their plans with the Italian faculty advisor as early as possible.

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are ITAL 3096, and either ITAL 2096 or ITAL 4096.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • Distribution Requirement for Humanities majors: Six upper level credits must be earned in the Social Science, Science, and/or interdisciplinary subject areas. Select from the following CLA departments and programs: Africology & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, Global Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Liberal Arts, Neuroscience (CLA), Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.

    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major department.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement

      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • The requirements of the Italian major exceed the minimum requirements of the College of Liberal Arts; no additional coursework is required.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa.  (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals.  See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (30 credits):

ITAL 1003Italian Language III 13
ITAL 2001Intermediate Italian 13
ITAL 3096Composition II: Advanced Writing Skills 23
Select six Italian Electives numbered 2000+ 318
Select one of the following writing-intensive Italian courses:3
Composition I: Italian Composition and Conversation
Creative Writing Through Reading
Total Credit Hours30
1

Students who place out of ITAL 1003 will need one additional elective; those who place out of ITAL 2001 will need two additional electives.

2

Indicates writing capstone for the major.

3

Up to two cognate courses in English may be accepted (with written permission of the Italian advisor) as part of the required elective courses. 

Distinction in Major

To be considered for Distinction in Major in Italian, students must:

  • Complete the requirements for the concentration in Italian with a GPA of at least 3.50;
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.25;
  • Be recommended to the chair of the department by the Italian faculty advisor.  

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Italian

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
ITAL 1001Italian Language I [LA]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
ITAL 1002Italian Language II [LA]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ITAL 1003Italian Language III [LB]3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
ITAL 2001Intermediate Italian3
Italian 2000+ Course3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
Italian 2000+ Course3
Italian 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
ITAL 2096 or 4096Composition I: Italian Composition and Conversation [WI]3
Italian 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Italian 2000+ Course3
ITAL 3096Composition II: Advanced Writing Skills [WI]3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Italian 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123