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.

Students must take:

Four Language Courses (16 Units)

Some or all of these courses may be waived by examination:

  • ITAL 120 “Italian I”
  • ITAL 150  “Italian II”
  • ITAL 220  “Italian III”
  • ITAL 240 “Italian IV”

One Core Course (4 Units)

Three Upper-Division Courses (12 Units)

The upper-division requirements include the one core course plus an additional three courses to be selected in consultation with the department adviser. No more than two of the three addtional courses can be in English.

  • ITAL 340g French and Italian Cinema and Society
  • ITAL 345 Contemporary Italy
  • ITAL 347 Italy Today
  • ITAL 350g Gender and Sexuality in Renaissance Italy
  • ITAL 352 The Holocaust in Italian Fiction & Film
  • ITAL 360 Italian Cinema
  • ITAL 380 Italian Women Writers
  • ITAL 381 Storytelling in the Italian Tradition
  • ITAL 382g Dante
  • ITAL 392 Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • ITAL 393 Seminar in Italian Thought
  • ITAL 402 Studies in Modernity
  • ITAL 403 Studies in Colonialism and Postcolonialism
  • ITAL 440 Futurism and Fascism in Italy
  • ITAL 461 Italian Theatre

At least one course of the three additional upper-level courses must be at the 400 level. A maximum of one course may be completed outside the department.

  • 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 catalog at any time.

  • For more information and specific degree requirements, please contact Isaura Peña, the department advisor, or by telephone at 213-821-4316;  her office is at Kaprelian Hall (KAP) 357.

    For further information on Undergraduate Studies in French and Italian, please contact the director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Juie Van Dam by email at