Major and Minor in Italian

A Major in Italian assures exceptional competence in Italian by allowing students to work extensively and closely with the literary and cultural artifacts that language makes possible. Building on their linguistic proficiency consolidated in the language program, majors expand that proficiency to Italian culture, history, and arts. This training exercises and assures our students' ability to analyze texts and situations, as well as to conceive, articulate, and defend an original idea. Italian minors, who are required to take only two 5000-level courses, reap similar benefits, albeit to a lesser extent.

Language Courses for the Major and Minor 

Conversation, Composition and Reading I (ITAL 2213) and Conversation, Composition and Reading II (ITAL 2214) are approved language courses for both the Major (30 credits) and the Minor (18 credits) in Italian.

Major Requirements

30 CREDITS (10 THREE-CREDIT COURSES), WHICH MUST INCLUDE:

18 credits (6 advanced courses) in Italian literature or culture (5000 level and above)

12 credits (4 elective courses) to be chosen from the following:

  • ITAL 2213 and ITAL 2214 (Italian Conversation, Composition and Reading I and II) (as entry-level courses only)

  • Additional courses at the 3000, 5000 or 8000 level.

  • Related courses with departmental permission.

Notes and Conditions

  • Maximum transfer credit from study abroad toward a major: 15 credits (5 three-credit courses) for one year of study, 9 credits (3 three-credit courses) for one semester of study. No RLL credit will be granted for courses abroad conducted in English taken during a semester or academic year program.

  • Students who do not study abroad are allowed a maximum of two related courses outside the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Students who transfer a minimum of 9 credits (3 three-credit courses) from study abroad must take their remaining courses towards the major in the department.

  • All RLL majors are required to enroll in an advanced course each semester of their senior year, regardless of whether they have completed the ten-course requirement for the major.

Minor Requirements

18 CREDITS (6 THREE-CREDIT COURSES), WHICH MUST INCLUDE:

6 credits (2 foundation courses) in ITAL 2213 and ITAL 2214 (Italian Composition, Conversation and Reading I and II)

6 credits (2 advanced courses) in Italian Literature or Culture at the 5000 level or above (for Undergraduates)

6 credits (elective courses) in Italian Literature or Culture at the 3000 level or above

Notes and Conditions

  • An Advanced Placement (AP) high school course in Italian with an exam score of 4 or 5 will count as an elective.
  • Maximum transfer credit from study abroad toward a minor: nine credits (3 three-credit courses) for one year of study, 6 credits (2 three-credit courses) for one semester of study. No RLL credit will be granted for courses abroad conducted in English taken during a semester or academic year program.
  • Italian minors may take one of thier six courses in English here at Boston College.
  • All RLL minors must enroll in one advanced course during their senior year, regardless of whether they have completed the six-course requirement for the minor.