The Italian section of the Department of French and Italian offers a variety of courses in Italian language, literature and culture. The study of the Italian language is preparatory for the upper-level courses in literature and culture. Dickinson offers a major in Italian Studies and a minor in Italian.The following guide is meant for First Year Students, Italian Studies Majors, Italian Minors and International Business Majors (taking Italian).
Students planning to study in Italy during their third year are encouraged to fulfill their language requirement in Italian (or at least complete one course at the elementary level before departure). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your advisor or a professor of Italian.
Placement information for students interested in taking Italian
Advanced Placement Scores:
A student who has received a grade of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Exam will be granted college credit and will be placed in the appropriate Italian course as determined by their scores on the online placement exam.
On-line Placement Exam:
The Italian placement exam is available online through the Dickinson Gateway. The exam will determine the student’s level of proficiency in Italian and the student will be informed of the appropriate course to select. To register for the exam, students must contact Professor Tullio Pagano. If you wish to use the placement exam ONLY to waive your language requirement, you will have to take the exam on campus under supervision. Students who cannot take the exam during the summer will be able to take it on campus during the Orientation period. Students who cannot take the exam online by July 1 must contact Professor Pagano before Wednesday, August 20, 2014. For more information, visit the Placement Exam Information webpage.
Courses appropriate for prospective majors
Students who wish to begin studying Italian should select ITAL 101, Elementary Italian.
Courses that meet distribution requirements
Completion of the intermediate level, ITAL 116
ITAL 231, Reading and Writing Contemporary Italian Culture (added to Advising Guide October 18, 2013)
ITAL 232, Reading and Performing Italian Texts (added to Advising Guide October 18, 2013)
ITAL 301, The Discourse of Love
ITAL 305, Ideas of Italy
ITAL 306, Real and Imaginary Journeys
ITAL 231, Reading and Writing Contemporary Italian Culture
Suggested curricular flow through the minor and major
Minor in Italian
The Italian minor consists of 5 courses beyond ITAL 116:
1) ITAL 231
2) ITAL 232
3) ITAL 301
4) TAL 305 or 306
5) ITAL 320-level Topics course (321, 322, 323 or 324)
Major in Italian Studies
In Italian Studies, the language and culture of Italy are inseparably intertwined. All majors pursue core courses in language, literature, and culture that establish written and oral fluency. To develop competence in one main area of Italian culture, students then pursue their interests in one of the four (4) areas of emphasis: Humanities, History, European and Mediterranean Studies or Film and Media Studies.
1. Language in Context (5 courses):
a. ITAL 231: Reading and Writing Contemporary Italian Culture
b. ITAL 232: Reading and Performing Italian Texts or 270: Italian Language in Context (offered in Bologna, fall semester)
c. ITAL 301: The Discourse of Love
d. ITAL 305: Ideas of Italy or ITAL 306: Real and Imaginary Journeys
e. ITAL 400: Senior Seminar
2. Core Requirements (3 courses):
a. Culture (1 course)
b. History (1 course)
c. Visual Arts and Representations (1 course)
3. Area of Emphasis (2 courses in 1 elective emphasis)
c. European and Mediterranean Studies
d. Film and Media Studies
For the full list of courses that count toward any one of the above-listed categories, see Curriculum and Courses on the Italian Studies webpage.
Co-curricular activities & Opportunities for off-campus study
The Italian Studies Program sponsors a series of campus activities to help students enhance their knowledge of Italian language and culture. Students can apply to live at the Romance Language House where an Italian student from the University of Bologna resides with other Italian majors. Students are encouraged to participate in the weekly Tavola Italiana (Italian Table), where they dine in Italian alongside Italian faculty and language assistants. The Circolo Italiano (Italian Club) organizes a variety of social and cultural events during the academic year. Also offered is an Italian Film Series that features classic and contemporary Italian movies. For more information, refer to the extracurricular webpage
Students are encouraged to study abroad during their third year. The K. Robert Nilsson Center for European Studies in Bologna is the academic home for Dickinson in Italy. For more information, refer to Curriculum and Courses on the Italian Studies webpage. NB: Grades for courses taken at the University of Bologna do not count toward a student’s GPA.
Note: Italian Studies and French are one department but have been filed individually and alphabetically for ease of access.
Flowchart for Placement Information
Flowchart for Those Retaking Placement Exam