The Italian program at UW–Madison offers students opportunities for growth in the language and for increased cultural fluency through dynamic, in-class learning experiences and multiple extracurricular components such as the Italian Club, Circolo della bella lingua (a regular language meet-up geared toward allowing students of all levels to practice their Italian speaking in an informal setting) and Cineteca Italiana, which organizes weekly screenings of Italian films.
Students intending to major in Italian or complete the certificate enter the program at the appropriate level depending on their language proficiency. If you have previous experience in the Italian language, please contact the undergraduate advisor for more information about the Informal Italian placement test.
The majority of UW–Madison Italian majors and certificate students complete their requirements through a combination of courses taken on campus and abroad with a UW–Madison study abroad program.
Students have the option to take a class for Honors at almost all levels. For more information, please see the department website and/or consult the undergraduate advisor.
For information on teacher training in Italian, see the School of Education section in this Guide.
For courses in Italian literature in translation, see the Literature in Translation course listing.
Students declared in the Certificate in Italian may not be declared in the Italian major at the same time. Students who do wish to declare this major must first cancel their declaration in the certificate.
University General Education Requirements
All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.
|General Education|| |
* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.
College of Letters & Science Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Students pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in the College of Letters & Science must complete all of the requirements below. The College of Letters & Science allows this major to be paired with either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science curriculum.
Bachelor of Arts degree requirements
|Mathematics||Complete the University General Education Requirements for Quantitative Reasoning A (QR-A) and Quantitative Reasoning B (QR-B) coursework.|
|Foreign Language|| |
|L&S Breadth|| |
|Liberal Arts and Science Coursework||Complete at least 108 credits.|
|Depth of Intermediate/Advanced work||Complete at least 60 credits at the intermediate or advanced level.|
|Major||Declare and complete at least one major.|
|Total Credits||Complete at least 120 credits.|
|UW-Madison Experience|| |
|Quality of Work|| |
Non–L&S students pursuing an L&S major
Non–L&S students who have permission from their school/college to pursue an additional major within L&S only need to fulfill the major requirements. They do not need to complete the L&S Degree Requirements above.
Requirements for the Major
Italian majors must complete 24 credits beyond ITALIAN 204. Please note that Literature in Translation (LITTRANS) courses cannot be counted toward the major.
The 24 credits required for the Italian major will be distributed as follows:
|Required Core Courses (complete all):|
|ITALIAN 230||Modern Italian Culture||3|
|ITALIAN 311||Advanced Italian Language||3|
|ITALIAN 312||Writing Workshop||3|
|ITALIAN 321||Studies in Italian Literature and Culture I||3|
|ITALIAN 322||Studies in Italian Literature and Culture II||3|
|Structures of Italian|
|Rome: Lust for Glory|
|Machiavelli and His World|
|Topics in Italian: Study Abroad|
|Introduction to the Romance Languages|
|Special Topics in Italian Literature|
|Special Topics in Italian Studies: Culture, Film, Language|
|The 19th Century|
| The 18th Century|
and The 18th Century
| Features in Italian Literature|
and Features in Italian Literature
|The Italian Novel|
|Dante's Divina Commedia|
|The 13th Century|
|Senior Honors Thesis|
|Senior Honors Thesis|
RESIDENCY AND QUALITY OF WORK
- 2.000 GPA in all ITALIAN and major courses
- 2.000 GPA on at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major, in residence: (ITALIAN 300 and higher are considered upper-level in the major)
- 15 credits in ITALIAN taken on campus at UW–Madison
Honors in the Major
Students may declare Honors in the Major in consultation with the Italian undergraduate advisor.
HONORS IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
To earn Honors in the Major, students must satisfy both the requirements for the major (above) and the following additional requirements:
- Earn a 3.300 University GPA
- Earn a 3.500 GPA for all ITALIAN courses and courses counting toward the major
- Complete at least 15 credits, taken for Honors, beyond ITALIAN 204, earning individual grades of B or better in each course. Of these 15 credits, 6 must come from completing a two-semester Senior Honors Thesis in ITALIAN 681 and ITALIAN 682.1
Students may be allowed to substitute two semesters of literature course work at the 600 level for the Senior Honors Thesis. See the undergraduate advisor in Italian.
University Degree Requirements
|Total Degree||To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.|
|Residency||Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.|
|Quality of Work||Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.|
- Demonstrate that they understand and can analyze literary and non-literary texts in Italian representing a broad spectrum of topics, time periods, and geographical regions (interpretive communication).
- Express themselves effectively in spoken and written Italian to inform, persuade, and narrate for different audiences of listeners, viewers, or readers (presentational communication).
- Express themselves effectively in spoken and written Italian to share information, reactions, and opinions related to a broad spectrum of topics and texts (interpersonal communication).
- Recognize and explain cultural artifacts, practices, and perspectives of the Italian-speaking world including how these cultural elements relate to literary and non-literary texts in Italian (cultural knowledge).
- Demonstrate a good degree of understanding of lexical, grammatical, syntactic, and stylistic features of the Italian language (linguistic knowledge).
- Demonstrate awareness of difference and diversity by comparing and contrasting culturally situated beliefs, behaviors, and norms of the Italian-speaking world with those found in their own culture (cross-cultural awareness).
- Engage in a sustained fashion with the Italian language, its users, and cultural artifacts in and beyond the classroom, e.g., in their own community, virtual communities, and study abroad (engagement with the Italian language and culture).
Sample Four-Year Plan
This Sample Four-Year Plan is a tool to assist students and their advisor(s). Students should use it—along with their DARS report, the Degree Planner, and Course Search & Enroll tools—to make their own four-year plan based on their placement scores, credit for transferred courses and approved examinations, and individual interests. As students become involved in athletics, honors, research, student organizations, study abroad, volunteer experiences, and/or work, they might adjust the order of their courses to accommodate these experiences. Students will likely revise their own four-year plan several times during college.
|ITALIAN 101||4||ITALIAN 102||4|
|Communication A||3||Ethnic Studies||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning A||3||Biological Science Breadth||3|
|Social Science Breadth||4||Social Science Breadth||3|
|ITALIAN 203||4||ITALIAN 204||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning B||4||Communication B||4|
|Social Science Breadth||3||Social Science Breadth||3|
|INTER-LS 210||1||Physical Science Breadth||3|
|ITALIAN 230||3||ITALIAN 312||3|
|ITALIAN 311||3||ITALIAN 321||3|
|Science Breadth||3||Science Breadth||3|
|ITALIAN 322||3||ITALIAN/COM ARTS 460||3|
|ITALIAN 340||3||ITALIAN 450||3|
|Total Credits 120|
The Department of French and Italian encourages our majors to begin working on their career exploration and preparation soon after arriving on campus. We partner with SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science. L&S graduates are in high demand by employers and graduate programs. It is important to us that our students are career ready at the time of graduation, and we are committed to your success.
L&S career resources
Every L&S major opens a world of possibilities. SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students turn the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and other coursework into fulfilling lives after graduation, whether that means jobs, public service, graduate school or other career pursuits.
In addition to providing basic support like resume reviews and interview practice, SuccessWorks offers ways to explore interests and build career skills from their very first semester/term at UW all the way through graduation and beyond.
Students can explore careers in one-on-one advising, try out different career paths, complete internships, prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications, and connect with supportive alumni and even employers in the fields that inspire them.
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- For information on language proficiency, language placement, retrocredits and/or declaring the Italian Major, please see the French and Italian department website.
- For advising on the Italian major or certificate, please contact the undergraduate advisor.
- For language and international directions advising, please contact the International Directions Advisor in the Language Institute.
Professors Buccini, Livorni, Rumble
Associate Professors Menechella, Phillips-Court, Todorovic
Faculty Associate Eadie
CLUBS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
The Italian Club is a registered student organization run by students involved in the Italian program and open to any and all UW community members who have an interest in Italian culture. Club members are encouraged to organize and participate in cultural events on campus and in the community, including our annual Cena italiana in the Spring. Members of the Italian Club and Italian Ambassadors also organize the Circolo della bella lingua, a regular language meet-up geared toward allowing students of all levels to practice their Italian speaking in an informal setting. Finally, the Cineteca Italiana organizes weekly screenings of Italian films. Undergraduates are also welcome at scholarly talks and department events on an array of subjects (see department website for event details).