Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16
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23-28 Credit Hours
College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts offer a certificate in Italian Studies. The history of the geographic expression that today we call Italy is the sum of many particular histories and cultures. Yet, in their diversity and diaspora, the people of Italy have preserved, through time and place, a sense of common identity. For this reason, to understand the complexity of past and present experiences of Italians in the peninsula and of their descendants abroad, the Undergraduate Certificate in Italian Studies is designed with a broad interdisciplinary perspective.
The certificate will encompass courses in several departments in two colleges. The majority of courses will focus on the study of history and culture of the people who inhabit or originated from the Italian peninsula and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily from pre-historic times to the present. In addition, however, offerings will also focus on the Italian diaspora with specific reference to the experiences of people of Italian descent in the many nations in which they settled from the early 19th century to the present.
Total Certificate Hours - 23-28 Hours
Students are required to take between 23 and 28 semester hours from a list of courses approved for the certificate. A Faculty Advisory Committee will coordinate the Certificate of Italian Studies. Students may receive credit for courses, not included in the below list, or (if circumstances require it) may substitute a required course with another, by petitioning and if approved by the Advisory Committee.
Core Courses - 9 Hours
Each student will take three courses at the 3000 or 4000 level on topics related to Italy in either Art History (ARH), Italian literature and culture (ITW), or History (HIS). However, only one course will be allowed from each department.
Elective Courses - 6-8 Hours
Students will take 6-8 credits of elective courses related to Italy. Course topics may vary. The following lists some of the possible courses:
- Art History:
- ARH 4318 Venetian Art [instructor’s consent]
- LIT 4930 Special Topics in English Studies*
- Government and International Affairs:
- POT 4936 Selected Topics in Political Theory*
- World Languages:
- CLA 3124 Daily Life in Ancient Rome
- CLT 3123 Voyages and Metamorphoses in Roman Imagination
- ITA 1120 Beginning Italian I
- ITA 1121 Beginning Italian II
- ITA 2200 Italian III
- ITA 2240 Italian Conversation I
- ITA 2241 Italian Conversation II
- ITA 3420 Composition
- ITA 3470 Overseas Study
- ITW 4100 Survey of Italian Literature I
- ITW 4101 Survey of Italian Literature II
- ITW 4905 Directed Study
- LAT 1120 Beginning Latin I
- THE 4480 Drama - Special Topics
*Please see an academic advisor for appropriate Special/Selected Topics courses.