FAQ

FAQ Topics

Language Proficiency Requirement

Questions about Placement

Major and Minor in Italian Studies

Course Procedures

Academic Support

Study Abroad  

Language Proficiency Requirement

How many Italian classes do I need to take to fulfill the BC language proficiency requirement? 
All students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Carroll School of Management must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a foreign language before graduation. The required competency is equivalent to four semesters of study of a single foreign language up to and including Intermediate Italian II (ITAL1114). (CSOM offers additional options for fulfilling the language requirement). The Lynch School of Education and the Connell School of Nursing do not have a language requirement.

Does the AP Italian Language Exam fulfill the BC language proficiency requirement?
 
Yes. If you scored a three or above on the AP Italian Language Exam you have already fulfilled the BC language proficiency requirement.

Does the Italian SAT II Subject Test fulfill the BC language proficiency requirement? 

Yes. If you scored 550 or above on the SAT II Italian Language Exam you have already fulfilled the BC language proficiency requirement.

Am I allowed to take a course on a pass/fail basis to fulfill the University's language proficiency requirement?
 
No. Students may not take foreign language courses on a pass/fail basis until they have completed the University’s language proficiency requirement.

Do I have to take a language course at BC if I have already fulfilled the language proficiency requirement? 
No, but we certainly encourage you to continue studying Italian if you would like to improve your language skills. We also offer upper level courses for students who want to become highly proficient in Italian.

Questions about Placement

Is there an online placement test for Italian? 
We do not use an online placement test for Italian at BC. If you have any doubts about correct placement, you can take an informal digital Italian placement test. Please contact Brian O’Connor at oconnobc@bc.edu to do so.

How do I know what Italian language class I should register for?
If you have had no Italian or one year of high school Italian, register for Elementary Italian I (ITAL1003). If you have had two years of High school Italian or one semester of college Italian register for Elementary Italian II (ITAL1004). If you have had three or four years of high school Italian or one year of college Italian, register for Intermediate Italian I (ITAL1113). If you have had five or more years of high school Italian, please contact Brian O’Connor at oconnobc@bc.edu.

What do I do if I feel like the course in which I was placed is not the right fit?
If you feel that the course in which you were placed is not appropriate for you, talk to your instructor or the course Coordinator. Please stop by during the special placement office hours offered during the first week of classes to see the Coordinator, Brian O’Connor.

Major and Minor in Italian Studies

Which language courses count towards the major or minor in Italian Studies?
Conversation, Composition and Reading I and II (ITAL2213 and ITAL2214) may be credited toward the Major or Minor in Italian Studies.

Can I take upper level Italian courses without having taken any Italian language courses at BC?
In order to prepare for upper level courses in Italian literature and culture, you need to take at least Italian CCR (ITAL2213) or other language courses depending on your level of proficiency (see General Guidelines for Placement). Mastering the language is essential to understanding complex literary texts in Italian and to be able to write academic papers in the target language.

Course Procedures

What if the language course I need to take is full?

You need to try to register in another section. If you are unable to register for a section you need, please contact the Coordinator, Brian O’Connor at oconnobc@bc.edu. After the add/drop period ends, you will not be able to add a language course.

Can I start studying Italian in the Spring semester? 
If you have studied Italian before, it may be suitable to start your study of Italian language in the Spring semester. However, Elementary, Intermediate and CCR are conceived of as two-semester continuing courses. If you are considering registering for Elementary Italian II, Intermediate Italian II or CCR2 without having taken the previous semester, please consult the Coordinator, Brian O’Connor at oconnobc@bc.edu.

What if I want to take an incomplete in my current Italian language class and finish it later?

A final course grade of I (Incomplete) is rarely assigned in Italian language courses and may only be considered an option in cases where an unexpected, extreme situation –such as a personal or medical emergency– prevents a student from completing the final major assignment(s) of the course. A student must be passing in order to be considered for an incomplete and the request must be made after the automatic “W” deadline has passed. A petition for an incomplete must be accompanied by appropriate and verifiable documentation. Incompletes are not issued due to chronic missed work or absences over the course of the semester. A withdrawal is more appropriate for such students.

Academic Support

What can I do if I am experiencing academic challenges in my current course?

Your instructor holds office hours each week. Make a list of your questions and/or concerns before attending your instructor’s office hours. If these hours conflict with your class schedule, speak with him/her about arranging an alternate time to meet. Most instructors are flexible and will be willing to meet with you to discuss ways to improve your performance in the class and how to strengthen your skills.

Another resource is the Connors Family Learning Center (CFLC), which offers free tutoring services in Italian for students who wish to improve their understanding or further challenge themselves. Please contact the Center to get more information about language tutoring services.

What should I do if I have a disability and would like to request accommodations for my course?
Students should contact either Kathy Duggan kathleen.duggan@bc.edu, the Associate Director, Academic Support Services, of the Connors Family Learning Center (learning disabilities and ADHD) or Paulette Durrett paulette.durrett@bc.edu, the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities (all other disabilities) to make accommodations at least seven days prior for coursework, tests, assessments, support, etc. Students should submit documentation to them at the beginning of the term.

Study Abroad

Do I have to take Italian courses at BC in order to study abroad in a Italian speaking country?
Regardless of their level of proficiency, we recommend that students take at least one language course at BC before studying abroad. Each study abroad program has different language requirements. Please contact the OIP (Office of International Programs) to learn more about specific language requirements for study abroad and make your academic plans accordingly.

Can I take language and literature courses after my study abroad?
Of course. The Italian Section offers a variety of language and upper-level courses in literature and culture that can be chosen as electives. We strongly encourage students to continue studying Italian after studying abroad in order to maintain and improve their proficiency. After studying abroad you may also want to consider the possibility of declaring a major or minor in Italian Studies.