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Requirements for the Major in Italian Studies (ITL)

The major in Italian Studies leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students must complete Concentration A or Concentration B. These concentrations are designed to allow maximum flexibility in the students' programs and to fulfill their varying needs and interests. Both require as a basis a solid preparation in the language of the major. Concentration A provides preparation for teaching at the secondary school level or for graduate study in literature; Concentrations A and B both provide appropriate background for students preparing for work in law, government, international relations, business, banking, hotel management, or translation and interpretation.

All students should consult with the appropriate departmental advisors. Students opting for Concentration B must obtain departmental approval for their program by submitting it in advance, after consultation with the advisor, to the director of undergraduate studies.

All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Transfer students must take at least 12 credits of the major language in residence at Stony Brook.

Completion of the major requires 36 credits for Concentration A. More credits may be required for Concentration B.

  1. Concentration in Language and Literature
    1. Required courses:
      • ITL 311 Italian Conversation and Composition I
      • ITL 312 Italian Conversation and Composition II
      • ITL 395 Readings in Italian Literature I
      • ITL 396 Readings in Italian Literature II
      • ITL 411 Advanced Conversation and Composition
      • ITL 412 Advanced Conversation and Syntax
    2. Elective courses
      • Six additional courses in ITL at the 400-level. In consultation with the department academic adviser, three courses could be substituted with relevant HUI courses. .
    3. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: see 3 below.

     

  2. Concentration in Italian and a Second Discipline
    1. Required courses:
      • ITL 311 Italian Conversation and Composition I
      • ITL 312 Italian Conversation and Composition II
      • ITL 395 Readings in Italian Literature I
      • ITL 396 Readings in Italian Literature II
      • ITL 411 Advanced Conversation and Composition
      • ITL 412 Advanced Conversation and Syntax
    2. Elective courses
      • Five additional ITL or HUI courses chosen in consultation with the student's advisor, of which 4 must be numbered 300 or higher
      • Four additional courses in a discipline other than Italian chosen in consultation with the student's advisor and approved by the department, of which 3 must be numbered 300 or higher. (See Note 4 below)
    3. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: see 3 below.

     

  3. Upper-Division Writing Requirement
    In order to demonstrate proficiency in writing English, students majoring in Italian must present a dossier of a minimum of two papers of at least three to five pages each. The dossier must be submitted before the end of the second semester of the junior year to the designated faculty advisor for Italian. The dossier consists of papers previously composed for upper-division courses in the department. If these papers were originally written in Italian, they must be rewritten in English. The papers are judged by a faculty committee for clarity, accuracy, and appropriateness of style. If the dossier is found to be unsatisfactory, the student will be asked to rewrite and resubmit the work in the senior year.

Notes:

  1. Credits for ITL 411 and 412 must be taken on campus in a 14-week semester. No transfer will be acceptable.
  2. Students whose language proficiency is such that they can be exempted from ITL 311, 312 may, and are strongly urged, to apply to have a course in art, music, history, or another language count for major credit.
  3. Students who wish to offer their native language as the main area of concentration are asked to replace ITL 311 and 312 by English courses appropriate to their level of proficiency in that language.
  4. Students in the foreign language teacher preparation program could include FLA 439 when choosing electives and should take no more than one additional course taught in English.
  5. ITL 475 and HUI 475, 476 cannot be applied toward the requirements for the major in Italian.

Secondary Teacher Preparation Program
Students in the Teacher Preparation Program must complete at least 36 credits in ITL to satisfy the SED requirements.
See also the Education and Teacher Certification
 


Requirements for the Minor in Italian (ITL)
For students majoring in other disciplines, an Italian minor, below, is available with two choices of emphasis. Students must complete either Emphasis A Language or Emphasis B Italian Studies.

All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade, excluding those graded S/U. All upper-division courses for the minor must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Transfer students who wish to graduate with a minor in Italian must take at least six credits of upper-division Italian courses in residence at Stony Brook.

Completion of the minor with either emphasis requires 21 credits.
  1. Emphasis on Language
    • ITL 311 or 312 Italian Conversation and Composition
    • ITL 395 or 396 Readings in Italian Literature
    • ITL 411 Advanced Conversation and Composition
    • ITL 412 Advanced Conversation and Syntax
    • Three additional courses with the designator ITL or HUI, at least one of which must be 300 level or higher
  2. Emphasis on Italian Studies
    • ITL 311 or 312 Italian Conversation and Composition
    • ITL 395 or 396 Readings in Italian Literature
    • Two HUI courses at the 200 level
    • Three additional courses at the 300 level or higher in Italian studies chosen in consultation with the student's advisor

Note: Credits for ITL 411 and 412 must be taken on campus in a 14-week semester. No transfer will be acceptable.


For further information e-mail Prof. CharlesFranco