The Minor in Italian offers students exciting possibilities for small classes and personalized instruction. After fulfilling basic units of language instruction, students will choose from a variety of interesting courses (in English and Italian) on the literature, culture, history, art, and cinema of Italy. Students may choose to fulfill some of the requirements with a semester of study abroad in Florence or Milan during the academic year or with our summer program in Rome.
Students majoring in areas such as music, international relations, communication, comparative literature, art history, or others will find the flexibility of the Italian minor ideally suited to their various interests from Dante to contemporary cinema and society; from women writers of the Renaissance to Futurist performance art.
Italian Language Placement Examination
Students who have studied Italian in high school or at another institution prior to attending USC are required to take a placement test, 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).
Required Core Courses:
|ITAL-120 Italian I|
|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 classes may be waived by examination.
Students must also choose THREE Italian Courses from the following and must include at least one 400-level course:
ITAL 345 Contemporary Italy (in English) 4 units
ITAL 350 Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation (in English) 4 units
ITAL 352 The Holocaust in Italian Fiction and Film 4 units
ITAL 360 Italian Cinema (in English) 4 units
ITAL 380 Italian Women Writers 4 units
ITAL 381 Storytelling in the Italian Tradition (in English) 4 units
ITAL 382 Dante (in English) 4 units
ITAL 392 Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies (in English) 4 units
ITAL 393 Seminar in Italian Thought (in English) 4 units
ITAL 401 Studies in Early Modernity 4 units, max 8 units
ITAL 402 Studies in Modernity 4 units, max 8 units
ITAL 403 Studies in Colonialism and Postcolonialism 4, max 8
ITAL 440 Futurism and Fascism in Italy 4 units
ITAL 461 Italian Theatre 4 units
ITAL 490x Directed Research 1–8 units units
ITAL 499 Special Topics 2–4 units, max 8 units
N.B. No more than one course conducted in English may be counted toward the minor.
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 email@example.com or 213-821-4316 for more information and specific degree requirements; for further information on Undergraduate Studies in French and Italian, please contact Dr. Beatrice Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213 740 3703.
To view the current Schedule of Classes for Italian, click here