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B.A., Minor and Credential in Italian Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies (code RGR_BA09) (120 units)

This program offers two concentrations: Italian Language and Culture and Interdisciplinary Italian Studies. Regular consultation with advisor is highly recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad through the CSU International Programs: they can spend from an intensive summer to an entire academic year in Florence and study either at the CSU center and/or at local academic institutions earning credits toward the degree. In addition, the program offers internship opportunities at Italian and Italian-American institutions in the area. Once students have met the first- and second-year general language requirements, in the third year they take a common set of core courses in the target language. In the fourth year they choose between the two concentrations: students intending to earn the teaching credential select Italian Language and Culture; students interested in a more interdisciplinary approach select Interdisciplinary Italian Studies. Both tracks share a common core.

Minor in Italian (code RGR_UM02)

The Italian Studies Minor can be taken in conjunction with any other major, and allows the student to attain a working knowledge of Italian and Italian culture while meeting language requirements for graduation. It is an excellent choice for students majoring in other Romance languages as well as in Art, Art History, International Business, Comparative World Literature, Dance, English, History, Linguistics, Music, or the Social Sciences. The program offers not only courses in grammar, composition and conversation, but courses in literature, culture, cinema, and history of the language as well. The minor consists of a minimum of 18 upper division units.

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Italian (code 154)

Completion of Concentration I (Language and Culture) of the Italian major meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Italian. Prospective students should consult the undergraduate Italian Advisor and the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program Advisor early to plan their program. In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective teachers of Italian are also required to complete 45 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Requirements Same as for the major in Concentration I (Italian Language and Culture) of the Italian Program.

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Italian Studies Undergraduate Advisor

Clorinda Donato, Ph.D.