In-Depth Advising Guide for Italian
Introduction. 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). However, if you have any questions whatsoever, do not
hesitate to contact your advisor or a professor of Italian.
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Courses that meet Distribution Requirements
Language Requirement. Completion at the intermediate level (ITAL 116)
Division IB. ITAL 301, 305 or 306
WR Requirement. ITAL 231
for First Year Students NEW to Italian
Courses appropriate for First Year prospective
majors: Students who wish to begin studying
Italian should select ITAL 101: Elementary Italian.
for First Year Students with prior Italian Experience
Test scores and credits that may
affect course selection
Advanced Placement Scores. A student who has received a grade
of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Test will be granted credit for college
work and will receive placement in the appropriate Italian course as determined
by their scores on the online placement test.
Online Placement Test. The Italian placement test is
available online through the Dickinson Gateway. The test will determine the
student’s level of proficiency in Italian and the student will be informed of
the appropriate course to select. To register, students must contact Prof. Tullio Pagano. If you wish to use the placement
test ONLY to waive your language requirement, you will have to take the test 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 test online by July 1 will need to contact Professor Pagano
before Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
For more information, view Placement
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.
Italian Studies Major = 10
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
3. Area of Emphasis. (2 courses in one elective emphasis)
c. European and Mediterranean Studies.
d. Film and Media Studies
For complete course descriptions and
requirements for the major,refer to the College Bulletin: Italian Studies.
The Italian minor consists of 5
courses beyond ITAL 116:
4) 305 or 306
5) 320-level Topics course (321, 322, 323 or 324)
For complete course descriptions and
requirements for the minor, refer to the College
Business Majors (taking Italian)
students are advised to take ITAL 231 (an intensive writing course with
advanced grammar) and 232 (a course focused on speaking and oral production).
If students are interested in a topics course where English is the primary
language used in class, they should take one of the four possible 320 topics
courses: 321, 322, 323 or 324. Students taking the course for language credit
must take their discussion session in Italian. Students who would like to take
courses taught only in Italian can also take one of the early 300 courses (301,
305 or 306). Lastly, completing a minor in Italian would be very feasible
because students who fulfill the INBM language requirement in Italian would
only have to take two more courses.
For more information, refer to
for International Business Majors.
Italian Studies majors should seek
information from the Coordinator of Italian Studies about the Italian Studies
track at the Dickinson Center for European Studies in Bologna. Prof. Nicoletta Marini-Maio serves as the Coordinator of
Italian Studies for 2012-2013.
Students whose primary interest is
the study of European politics, history, economics, and international affairs
and who consider spending their junior year at the Dickinson Center for
European Studies in Bologna, Italy, may want to fulfill their language
requirement in Italian. This option would give them a solid linguistic and
cultural background before going abroad. They could also take courses at the
University of Bologna and consider a major in Italian studies as a second
For more information, refer to Dickinson in Italy.
Activities of the Italian Program
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.
more information, refer to Extracurricular.
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Dickinson now offers an annual paid
internship to two (2) selected seniors to work as English language assistants
after graduation in the Lombard school system in Northern Italy. All seniors
are eligible. It is a fantastic opportunity for graduates to return to Italy,
perfect their Italian, and obtain some rewarding work experience.
For more information, refer to Jobs.
Recent graduates who have majored in
Italian studies have been accepted in graduate programs in schools such as
Johns Hopkins University, Indiana University, New York University and Columbia
University. Others have careers in education, publishing, and international
banking and business.
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