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Italian BA

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Launch Your Career With a Proficiency in Italian Language and Culture

As a student in the Italian BA program, you will develop a mastery of the Italian language and deepen your understanding of the country’s most integral literature and cultural touchstones. You will enhance your ability to speak, read, and write Italian as well as delve into the complex cultural issues and history of Italy. You’ll emerge prepared to pursue a career in Italian education, international relations, and more.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop the ability to communicate effectively in Italian through speaking, writing, and listening
  • Acquire a deep understanding of Italian culture, literature, and civilization from the Middle Ages to contemporary times
  • Acquire intercultural competence through critical analysis of cultural differences and appreciation of the contributions of Italian culture to the world

Career Possibilities

Teach Italian language and culture to students of various ages and backgrounds. Work with organizations to promote Italian culture and build bridges between Italy and other countries. Or, lead Italian-language tours of Italy for tourists from around the world. Whatever your goals, UMass Boston is here to support you.

Become a(n):

  • Italian Teacher
  • Diplomat
  • International Business Person
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator/ Interpreter
  • Cultural Ambassador

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Intermediate Italian Proficiency (6 Credits):
Students who place out of Intermediate Italian must complete two additional electives in or outside of the department.

  • ITAL 201 - Intermediate Italian Language Through Film and Television 3 Credit(s)
  • ITAL 202 - Intermediate Italian II 3 Credit(s)

Required 300-Level Course Taught in Italian (3 Credits):

  • ITAL 301 - Italian Composition and Conversation 3 Credit(s)
  • ITAL 311 - Introduction to Italian Literature I 3 Credit(s)

Additional Upper-Division Course Taught in Italian (3 Credits):
Take one course from below.

  • ITAL 301 - Italian Composition and Conversation 3 Credit(s)
  • ITAL 311 - Introduction to Italian Literature I 3 Credit(s)
    (whichever course not taken in previous requirement)
  • ITAL 305 - Language of Modern Italy 3 Credit(s)
  • ITAL 476 - Cinema e Letteratura 3 Credit(s)

Capstone (3 Credits):
Take one from below.

  • ITAL 476 - Cinema e Letteratura 3 Credit(s)
  • ITAL 498 - Honors Research Project 3 Credit(s)
  • MLLC 480 - Internship in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures 3 Credit(s)
  • A study abroad experience

Electives (15 Credits):
Take five additional courses in Italian above ITAL 102 or the list of approved courses below.

No more than two courses may be outside Italian.

No more than one course may be at the 100-level.

At least two courses must be at the 300-level or higher

At least one course must be at the 400-level.

  • ART 311 - Early Italian Renaissance Art 3 Credit(s)
  • ART 312 - Late Italian Renaissance Art 3 Credit(s)
  • CLSICS 278 - Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum 3 Credit(s)
  • CLSICS 282 - Roman Civilization 3 Credit(s)
  • CLSICS 284 - Greek and Roman Mythology 3 Credit(s)
  • CLSICS 285 - Greek and Roman Tragedy 3 Credit(s)
  • CLSICS 288 - Image and Reality: The Women of Rome 3 Credit(s)
  • CLSICS 289 - Rome in Hollywood 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 302L - Roman History 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 334 - Italy Since 1815 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 433 - Mussolini 3 Credit(s)
  • MLLC 220L - Hades, Heaven, and Hell 3 Credit(s)
  • MLLC 235L - Postwar European Cinema 3 Credit(s)
  • MLLC 270 - Global Food Studies 3 Credit(s)

Related Minors

Italian Minor
Supplement any major with a minor in Italian to advance your language skills and open doors to your future career.


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