An Italian major can enhance your qualifications and open doors in various career fields including education, business, public relations, journalism, arts administration, and diplomacy, just to name a few. In our globalized society, foreign language skills, and also the ability to understand another culture, are highly valued. Italian in particular is an important language: it is spoken by 55 million people in Italy and 62 million people throughout the world. Italy has the 7th largest economy in the world and is a major political force in Europe. The Italian culture has also had a profound influence here in the United States. An Italian major is a great choice for many reasons!
Students must complete 30 credit hours in Italian courses above M100-M150, including at least:
Students must complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. Check the College Bulletin requirements here for the year you began your studies at IU.
The requirements for the Italian Major changed in Summer 2013. Students who matriculated prior to the change can elect to follow the previous major requirements: 27 credit hours in Italian above M100/M150, or 25 credit hours above M100-M150 after successful completion of M215, including at least 7 credit hours in fourth-year courses, and one 3 credit, fourth-year course taken on the Bloomington campus exclusive of M495. These older major requirements do not allow any courses taught in English to be counted for the Italian major.
By getting an Italian minor, students show competence in the language, which is important for jobs in many fields in our global economy. The minor also prepares students for travel in Italy and is a useful supplement to majors where original sources are in Italian (fine arts, history, philosophy, journalism, etc.). Students in the natural and mathematical sciences have also found that an Italian minor enhances their credentials, showing their education is well-rounded. After completing the College of Arts & Sciences foreign language requirement of 4 semesters of Italian, only 3 more courses are required to complete an Italian minor.
At least 15 credit hours of course work past the second semester, including:
Students wishing to declare a major or minor in Italian are required to meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian.
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Contact Prof. Serafin for advice on Italian courses, declaring a major or minor, and other inquiries. Spring 2018 Office Hours: Tues. 11:15-12:45; Weds. 11:30-2:30; Thurs. 11:15-12:45 and by appt.