Bachelor of Arts in Italian

  • The Italian Major at USC:

    The study of Italian involves the mastery of the language and its literary expressions - fictional, non-fictional, dramatic and poetic, as well as the study of social, cultural and political institutions within the context of intellectual history.

  • The Department of French and Italian offers courses taught in Italian in interrelated subject areas: literature may be studied chronologically, set against its historical and intellectual background; other courses approach texts generically, emphasizing the development of the various literary forms of expression. There is parallel course work in literary criticism (theoretical and applied), and studies in Italian culture and society: gender studies, women writers, current events and cinema. Currently, students may choose to fulfill some of the basic language requirements with our courses on Campus during the summer session (usually from mid-May to early July).

  • To satisfy diverse student needs the department also offers courses on Italian literature and culture with readings and class work in English. Courses are kept small to allow for maximum interaction between students and professors.

  • Italian Language Placement Examination

    Students who have studied Italian in high school or at other institutions prior to attending USC are required to take a placement test that is administered by the Language Center (Third Floor, Taper Hall), Click here for the Schedule of Placement Exams. Credit is given only for course work taken above the level of proficiency determined by the examination. Students with no record of previous instruction in Italian are not required to take the placement examination and should enroll in first semester Italian (ITAL 120).


    ITAL-120, Italian I (4 Units)

    ITAL-150, Italian II (4 Units)

    ITAL-220, Italian III (4 Units)

    ITAL-224, Italian Composition and Conversation (4 Units)

    Some or all of these above listed classes may be waived by examination.

  • UPPER DIVISION COURSES (6 Courses Total)

    Required Core Course: ITAL-320, Writing about Italian Literature (4 Units) or equivalent.


    Students must also choose FIVE Italian Courses from the following:

    ITAL-330, Advanced Italian Composition and Style (4 Units)

    ITAL-340, Italian Literature from Unification to Fascism (in English) (4 Units)

    ITAL-345, Contemporary Italy (in English) (4 Units)

    ITAL-350, Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation (in English) (4 Units)

    ITAL-380, Italian Women Writers (4 Units)

    ITAL-435, Ruins, Magic and Melancholy: Italian Literature 1600 to 1860 (4 Units)

    ITAL-440, Futurism and Fascism in Italy (4 Units)

    ITAL-446, Italian Cinema and Society (in English) (4 Units)

    ITAL-450, Dante (4 Units)

    ITAL-461, Theater, Spectacle, Drama and Performance in Italy (4 Units)

    ITAL-462, The Novella Tradition: Fables and Stories (4 Units)

    ITAL-470, Modern and Postmodern Italian Literature (4 Units)

    ITAL-480, Perceptions of the Exotic in Italian Culture

    ITAL-490x, Directed Research (4 Units, Max 8 Units)

    ITAL-499, Special Topics (4 Units, Max 8 Units)

    N.B. No more than two courses conducted in English may be counted toward the major.

    A maximum of three courses taken outside of the department may be counted.

  • These requirements are excerpted from the USC Catalogue. The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The university reserves the right to change its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time.

  • Please contact Ms. Josephine Le, the department advisor, at or 213-740-3800 for more information and specific degree requirements.

    To view the current Schedule of Classes for Italian, click here

Italy the Extraordinary Commonplace
  • Department of French and Italian
  • Taper Hall 155 (THH 155)
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0359