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Italian Studies Minor

Immerse Yourself in Italian Linguistics, Culture & History.

If you want to deepen your understanding of the Italian language and culture, consider an Italian Studies Minor at UMass Boston.

Through this program, you’ll hone your efficiency in speaking, writing, and reading Italian. You’ll also learn about the rich history, culture, and heritage of Italy, from the Middle Ages to modern Italian societies.

A minor in Italian Studies complements many different majors and can broaden your career prospects. After you finish the program, you can explore career paths in Italian education, international relations, translation, cultural promotion, and more.

Expand Your Studies

How To Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


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)  OR
  • ITAL 311 - Introduction to Italian Literature I 3 Credit(s)

Electives (9 Credits)

Take three additional Italian courses above ITAL 102 or from the list of approved courses below. No more than one course may be outside Italian. No more than one course may be at the 100-level. At least two courses must be 300-level or higher.

  • 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 433 - Mussolini 3 Credit(s)
  • MLLC 220L - Underworld Journeys 3 Credit(s)
  • MLLC 235L - Postwar European Cinema 3 Credit(s)
  • MLLC 270 - Global Food Studies 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including two intermediate Italian proficiency courses, one required 300-level course taught in Italian, and three electives.

Pass/fail: No courses taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: At least three courses applied toward the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.


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