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Minor in Italian Studies

The minor in Italian Studies requires completion of 21 credits above the 100 level, including:

  • Preparatory Grammar (6 credits): Intermediate Italian I and II (ITAL 230 and 240) or Intensive Intermediate Italian (ITAL 246).
  • 324 Introduction to Italian Literary Studies I or 325 Introduction to Italian Literary Studies II
  • 371 Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • Three electives (9 credits) in Italian Studies.

Minors may also be able to take further electives from any one emphasis area. However, no more than one may be conducted in English or at another 5-College institution without special permission.

For more information on the major, contact: 
Cara Takakjian, Undergraduate Program Director
315 Herter Hall

Further Considerations

Study abroad credits
Students who minor in Italian are encouraged to participate in the University's Language and Culture program in Siena, Italy. We also sponsor a summer program in Rome and an upper level abroad program in Forlì. Under normal circumstances, no more than nine credits received for a study abroad semester may be applied to the minor. (Visit the International Programs Office in Hills South for other study abroad options.)

Thatcher House
Minors are encouraged to enroll in the Italian language residential program at Thatcher House. While students may re-enroll in the Thatcher program each semester, a maximum of two credits (or three, for the honors program) will count towards the minor.

Five Colleges
A limited number of courses offered by other members of the Five-College community may be applied toward the minor, with the approval of the Undergraduate Advisor. The Honors Program: Students enrolled in the Honors Program through Commonwealth College may pursue an Honors Track in Italian Studies. For further information, contact your Commonwealth College advisor or Dr. Cara Takakjian at