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Bachelor of Arts in Italian

REQUIREMENTS

ITALIAN

To graduate with a major in Italian, students must complete a minimum of 60 units of course work in the major. These 60 units may not be used towards any other major or minor. Courses applied to the major must be taken for a letter grade, and a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better must be achieved in each course. Relevant courses from other departments or programs may also earn credit toward the major with the prior consent of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. To enroll in all ITALLIT courses at or above 127, students must have successfully completed ITALLANG 113 or above, or successfully tested above this level through the Language Center.

  1. Second Year Language—Students must enroll in all second-year language courses (9-12 units)
    • ITALLANG 21. Second-Year Italian, First Quarter
    • ITALLANG 22. Second-Year Italian, Second Quarter
    • ITALLANG 23. Second-Year Italian, Third Quarter
  2. Advanced Language—Students must enroll in at least one of the following advanced language courses (4 units)
    • ITALLANG 113. Italian Cultural Studies
    • ITALLANG 114. Advanced Stylistics and Composition
    • ITALLANG 115. Academic and Creative Writing
  3. Introductory Culture and Literature Courses—Students must take all three of the following core courses at Stanford (12 units). Any one of these courses fulfills the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement.
    • ITALLIT 127. Inventing Italian Literature
    • ITALLIT 128. The Italian Renaissance
    • ITALLIT 129. Modern Italian Literature
  4. Core Literature Courses—Students must complete one course on each of the following topics (12 units)
    • Dante
    • The Middle Ages (14th - 16th c.)
    • Early Modern (16th - 18th c.)
    • Modern (18th c. to the present)
  5. Electives—A maximum of 24 elective units dealing with Italy above the 100 level may be applied to the major. Prior approval from the Chair of Undergraduate Studies is required. The following courses have been pre-approved as electives:
    • IHUM 2 and IHUM 3. Epic Journeys, Modern Quests (8-10 units)
    • OSPFLOR courses. Courses taken at the Bing Overseas Studies in Florence program (regardless of the language of instruction).
    • SLE 91, 92, and 93. Structured Liberal Education (10 units)
ITALIAN AND PHILOSOPHY

The Italian and Philosophy major track requires a minimum of 16 courses, for a minimum total of 65 units, distributed as follows:

  1. Italian Survey Sequence (12 units): ITALLIT 127, 128, 129.
  2. Advanced Language Course (ca. 4 units): ITALLANG 113 and above.
  3. Philosophy Writing in the Major (5 units): PHIL 80. Prerequisite: introductory philosophy class.
  4. Philosophy and Literature Gateway Course (4 units): ITALGEN 181 (same as PHIL 81). This course should be taken as early as possible in the student's career, normally in the sophomore year.
  5. Aesthetics, Ethics, Political Philosophy (ca. 4 units): one course from the PHIL 170 series.
  6. Language, Mind, Metaphysics, and Epistemology (ca. 4 units): one course from the PHIL 180 series.
  7. History of Philosophy (ca. 8 units): two courses in the history of philosophy, numbered above PHIL 100.
  8. Upper Division Italian Courses (ca. 12 units): at least three courses numbered ITALLIT/ITALGEN 100 or higher.
  9. Related Courses (ca. 8 units): two upper division courses relevant to the student's chosen area of specialization.
  10. Capstone Seminar (ca. 4 units): this year's capstone seminars are:
    • PHIL 194L. Montaigne
    • COMPLIT 226/GERLIT 242. Narrative and Ethics

One of these courses must be taken in the student's senior year.

The capstone seminar and the two related courses must be approved by both the undergraduate adviser of Italian and the undergraduate adviser of the program in philosophical and literary thought administered through the DLCL. No more than 24 units may be drawn from courses offered overseas. Substitutions, including transfer credit, are not normally permitted for items 5, 6, and 7, and are not permitted under any circumstances for items 3, 4, and 10. Up to 10 units of courses taken in the Philosophy department may be taken CR/NC or S/NC; the remainder must be taken for a letter grade.

EXTENDED MAJORS

Requirements for both extended majors are essentially identical to those of the Italian major with a concentration in Italian literature.

Italian and English Literatures—In addition to the 32 departmental units required for the B.A. in Italian, candidates must complete four English literature courses numbered 100 and above related to the field of concentration in Italian Studies.

Italian and French Literatures—In addition to the 32 departmental units required for the B.A. in Italian, candidates must complete four French literature courses numbered 100 and above related to the field of concentration in Italian Studies.

MINOR IN ITALIAN

To earn a minor in Italian, students must complete a minimum of 24 units of course work in the department. These 24 units may not be used towards any other major or minor. Courses applied to the minor must be taken for a letter grade, and a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better must be achieved in each course. To enroll in all ITALLIT courses at or above 127, students must have successfully completed ITALLANG 113 or above, or successfully tested above this level through the Language Center.

  1. Language—Students may earn 12 units in second-year and above language courses (maximum 12 units)
    • ITALLANG 21-23. Second-year Italian Language
    • ITALLANG 113. Italian Cultural Studies
    • ITALLANG 114. Advanced Stylistics and Composition
    • ITALLANG 115. Academic and Creative Writing
  2. Introductory Culture and Literature Courses—Students must take two of the following core courses at Stanford (8 units)
    • ITALLIT 127. Inventing Italian Literature
    • ITALLIT 128. The Italian Renaissance
    • ITALLIT 129. Modern Italian Literature
  3. Electives—A maximum of 8 elective units may be applied to the minor. Prior approval from the Chair of Undergraduate Studies is required. The following courses have been pre-approved as electives:
    • IHUM 2 and IHUM 3. Epic Journeys, Modern Quests (4 units)
    • OSPFLOR courses. Courses taken in Italian at the Bing Overseas Studies in Florence program.
    • SLE 91, 92, and 93. Structured Liberal Education (5 units)

Honors Program

Italian majors with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 (B+) or better in all Italian courses are eligible for department honors. Students interested in the honors program should consult the Italian undergraduate adviser early in their junior year. In addition to the requirements listed above, the student must submit to the Italian faculty a proposal for the honors essay by the end of Spring Quarter of the junior year. During the quarter, students may enroll in ITALLIT 189B while drafting and revising the proposal and conducting preliminary research. In Autumn Quarter of the senior year, honors students must enroll in DLCL 189, a 5-unit seminar that focuses on researching and writing the honors thesis. Students then enroll for 5 units of credit in ITALLIT 189A while composing the thesis during Winter Quarter. Students who did not enroll in a 189B course in the junior year may enroll in ITALLIT 189B in Spring quarter of the senior year while revising the thesis, if approved by the thesis adviser. A total of 10-12 units are awarded for successful completion of honors course work, independent study, and the finished thesis. Honors essays are due to the thesis adviser no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15 of the terminal year. If an essay is found deserving of grade of 'A-' or better by the thesis adviser, honors are granted at the time of graduation.

Honors College—The Department of French and Italian encourages honors students to enroll in the honors college run by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL). The college meets at the end of every summer, during the weeks directly preceding the start of the academic year, and is designed to help students develop their honors thesis projects. Applications must be submitted by Spring Quarter of the same calendar year. For more information, contact the undergraduate student services officer in the DLCL.

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