Students who have taken French, Italian or Spanish in high school must take a computerized placement test before enrolling in a language or literature course in the Department of French, Italian and Arabic. We strongly recommend that they take the 20-minute test at the Keck Humanities Laboratory upon their arrival at the college. A student majoring in Italian has two major options:
- All required courses:305, 306, 431, and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis.
- Two Italian courses from 307, 309, 315, 316, 320. If thesis requirement not met, one additional Italian course.
- Electives, Four courses chosen from at least one, but not more than two, disciplines (art history, cinema, classics, history, international relations, linguistics, music). All courses must be directly relevant to Italian cultures and selected in consultation with advisor. Two electives must be at the 300 level; Two of these four courses may be 300-level Italian courses relevant to the major. For complete list of elective courses, see department.
Romance Languages (Italian Major; Second Language Focus in French or Spanish)
- All required courses: 305, 306, 316, 431 and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis.
- One Italian course from 307, 309, 315, 316, 320, General Studies 221. If thesis requirement not met, one additional Italian course.
Courses for second language focus in FRENCH:
- 305 and two French or Francophone culture or literature courses.
- Elementary or more advanced Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin.
Courses for the second language focus in SPANISH:
- 305 or 312, and two Spanish culture or literature courses.
- Elementary or more advanced French, Portuguese, or Latin.
TOTAL: 11-12 units.
Distinction is awarded based on senior thesis (432) and departmental work. Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College's should consult both their advisors and the chair of the department for approval of transfer credit. Students must take at least two courses beyond 305, in addition to 431 and 432 (if student is eligible), at Colorado College, as well as completing the detailed major requirements described above, to receive an Italian degree from the college. Only two credits from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the major. Students who are not eligible for 432 must take an additional upper division course to satisfy the 11-12 unit Romance languages Italian major requirement. Transferring students and students who have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) examination should contact the department before taking any language or literature course, since some of the requirements for the major may be waived.
Italian Language Minor
(6 units beyond IT 101)
The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 101 (2 units) or equivalent. Students must complete a minimum of six courses, including the following: 201, 305 and three additional courses from 306, 307, 309, 315, 316, 320, GS221. Students may count up to two units of Italian AP credit (i.e. the equivalent of 201) toward the minor. Students who initially place at the 300-level as a result of previous Italian, must complete four CC Italian courses at the 300 level. College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level Italian courses must be completed at Colorado College. Only one credit from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the minor.
Italian Studies Thematic Minor
Professor Andrea Righi
Studies that combine Italian language and literature with history, art, and music. Emphasis can be placed on the Renaissance or on contemporary Italy. Students taking the ACM program in Florence may count four courses in the program toward this minor. The fifth course, in which they write their integrative paper, may be chosen from any of the categories listed below, or may be taken as an independent study, with the approval of the minor adviser and faculty involved. (ACM deadlines: Early admission – October 15; final deadline – March 15.) 5 units minimum.
Category Three: GS221. The integrative paper will be written while fulfilling the on-campus unit requirement. Recommended as the culminating experience is GS221. Otherwise the Integrative Experience is an oral exam, involving two faculty members from different departments, to be given in connection with the last course taken for the minor. Students will relate that course to other work they have done in the minor.
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