Italian (ITAL)College of Arts and Humanities
3106 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025
Associate Professors: J. Falvo
Lecturers: S. Amodeo (Distinguished Senior Lecturer), F. Deigan (Senior Lecturer), M. Morando
Professors Emeriti: C. Russell
The language of Italy has long been known as the language of culture. Italian is the language of art, of music, and of poetry. It is also the language of a wealthy, modern industrialized nation now playing an active role in a new United Europe. It is the intent of the Italian program (ITAL) to bring its students to a linguistic and cultural level of understanding, so that they are able to participate actively in on-going events, both cultural and technological, in this dynamic country. The Italian program offers a range of courses well suited not only for students who are preparing themselves for graduate study, research or other professional development in the field of the humanities, but also for those who are specifically seeking a teaching career in education.
Placement in Courses
Requirements for the Major
Requirements for Italian Major: 39 credits
I. Major Core Requirements (18 credits)
II. Additional Requirements (9 credits)
B. Two additional courses at the 300 level in literature or culture; choose two from the following:
III. Three courses at the 400 level (12 credits)
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
Requirements for the Minor
Italian Language and Culture
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC)
The minor in Italian Language and Culture is an official recognition that a student has reached a certain level of proficiency in the target language. The minor will serve as a validation to potential employers of the student's proficiency in Italian.
18 credits are required for this minor:
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ITAL203 Intensive Intermediate Italian
ITAL204 Review Grammar and Composition
ITAL207 Reading and Writing in Italian
ITAL211 Intermediate Conversation
ITAL301 Italian Composition and Style
ITAL311 Italian Conversation: Current Events
One additional course taught in Italian at the 300/400 level
To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to
Undergraduate Research Experiences
The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).
Annual Language Career and Internship Fair
Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website www.sllc.umd.edu/ .
Language Partner Program (LPP)
The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Office of International Services, and Education Abroad. International students and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to work in an informal yet structured way on the listening, speaking, and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1cr SLLC309 - Language Partner Program.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards and Recognition
The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.