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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

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 Major

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
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Italian language through intermediate level (ITAL203 or ITAL122)

I. Major Core Requirements (18 credits)


Review Grammar and Composition


Reading and Writing in Italian


Intermediate Oral Communication


Italian Composition


Advanced Oral Expression: Current Events


Advanced Composition and Style

II. Additional Requirements (9 credits)
A. One additional course at the 200 level in literature or culture; choose one from the following:


Introduction to Italian Literature


Cuisine, Culture and Society in Italy Yesterday and Today

B. Two additional courses at the 300 level in literature or culture; choose two from the following:


Survey of Italian Literature I: From the Middle Ages to Renaissance


Survey of Italian Literature II: From the Renaissance to the Present


Italian Society and Culture: From Fascism to the 1970's


Italian Society and Culture: From the 1970's to the Present

III. Three courses at the 400 level (12 credits)
N.B. For each course at the 400 level, Italian majors must register for a 1-credit colloquium (ITAL478x)

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.

Study Abroad
For information on study abroad programs see the program advisor and/or the Education Abroad website www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad .

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

Minor Requirements

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

  • All courses must be taught in Italian
  • A maximum of six (6) credits can be applied to the minor from courses taken at other institutions, with the exception of the Study Abroad Program in Italy, which allows the transfer of nine (9) credits.
  • All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • Students who begin their study as native/fluent speakers should seek the advice of the Italian advisor before choosing the courses they will use to replace the core minor courses.

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/ .

Co-op Programs

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.

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