3350 Italian

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Italian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Modern Languages
    • Concentration in Italian
  • Minor in Italian
  • Certificate of Language Ability in Italian

Department of World Languages and Cultures
841 Langdale Hall (19th Floor, 25 Park Place Bldg. effective summer 2017)

Bill Nichols, Chair
Germán Torres, Associate Chair
Faye Stewart, Undergraduate Director
Richard Keatley, Italian Program Coordinator

The Department of World Languages and Cultures serves a threefold purpose: to encourage an appreciation of humanistic values through the study of foreign languages, literatures, and cultures; to teach foreign languages as a means of communication; and to prepare students for academic careers and the opportunities available in the field of international business. As part of a dynamic urban university in a city of growing international awareness and status, the department is fulfilling its responsibility to meet the increasing foreign language needs of the governmental, business, and professional communities. The department recognizes that an active command of the foreign language and a thorough exploration of the foreign culture form an essential basis for further study in the various areas of its curriculum. To this end, the department sponsors a study-abroad program in Perugia, Italy.

The department maintains a state-of-the-art multimedia Language Acquisition and Resource Center (LARC) with a digital audio laboratory with 50 student computer workstations. The digital lab serves a dual purpose in allowing both independent student access to digitized audio files and interactive software that accompanies the language texts, and also in providing a multimedia environment for teacher-led listening, speaking, and recording activities. In addition to the audio lab, the LARC features a tutoring center and resource library, as well as 17 stand-alone computers for student use. To assist in the development of the student’s active language skills and to provide added cultural enrichment, the LARC contains a wide range of audiovisual materials, including an extensive collection of videos, CD-ROMs and DVDs.

The department sponsors two Freshman Learning Communities each year. One group is designed for students interested in using their foreign language in international business. The other, sponsored jointly by the Department of Applied Linguistics / ESL, is in Language Studies.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts students should also consult regularly with the faculty program coordinator for the specific program regarding course selection, program plans, experiential learning, and other academic opportunities.

Program Degree Requirements

In addition to courses in the language major, you are advised to choose courses in other areas that complement your language study. Such courses include other languages, history, philosophy, art and music, business, and education. Faculty advisors in the department are eager to discuss your academic plans with you as you design your course of study. In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Program Financial Information

Lab fees are assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. As a result, students will no longer be required to purchase lab fee cards. For more information, please feel free to contact the department or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Italian Studies

Program Coordinator: Richard Keatley (rekeatley@gsu.edu)

The Italian Studies program takes into account the vast influence Italian culture has had on the world and Italy’s continued role in a global cultural and economic context. While emphasizing the need for students to speak fluent Italian, the B.I.S. is interdisciplinary in approach and allows students to concentrate on specific aspects of Italian culture such as music, art, philosophy, history, cinema and politics.

Students of the B.I.S. are highly encouraged to study abroad through Georgia State University’s two programs in Italy – the Summer Study Abroad in Perugia, designed specifically to smooth the transition from intermediate to an advanced level of Italian proficiency, and the Venice Exchange (Ca’Foscari), which allows students to take courses on an Italian campus or at the associated Venice International University and allowing Italian Studies students to gain first-hand understanding of Italian culture and language. Students interested in this program should contact the program coordinator.

Program Admission

A 2.00 GSU GPA is required in order to apply to the program. Application materials can be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance (see section 3040). Students should apply to the program by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation.

Program Degree Requirements

Please refer to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies section 3030.30 of this catalog for academic regulations for this program.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

The course taken to fulfill the Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) requirement will not count towards the rules of Area G. No more than twelve hours (excluding CTW course) can be taken within a single discipline in area G. No more than two courses (6-8 hours) can be taken within a single discipline in Area H.

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (0 to 6)
    • ITAL 2001 Intermediate Italian Language I (3)
    • ITAL 2002 Intermediate Italian Language II (3)
  2. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AH 1700 Survey of Art I: Western Art from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (3)
    • AH 1750 Survey of Art II: Western Art from the Renaissance to the Present (3)
    • ENGL 2110 World Literature (3)
    • FLME 1010 Film Aesthetics and Analysis (3)
    • FLME 2700 History of Motion Pictures (3)
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3)
    • ITAL 1002 Elementary Italian I (3)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 2040 Philosophy of Art (3)
    • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science (3)
    • POLS 2401 Global Issues (3)
    • SCOM 1010 Voice and Articulation (3)
    • SCOM 1500 Public Speaking (3)
    • THEA 2040 Introduction to the Theatre (3)
    • World language in another language at the 1000- or 2000-level (3)

Area G: Area of Concentration — Italian Studies (27-33 hours)

  1. Italian Language and Literature (select 4 courses: 12 credits)
    • ITAL 3301 Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
    • ITAL 3302 Introduction to Italian Civilization (3)
    • ITAL 3303 Introduction to the Interpretation of Italian Cultural Expression (3)
    • ITAL 4414 Special Topics in Italian Literature (can be taken more than once as topic changes) (3)
    • ITAL 4999 Directed Readings (can be taken more than once as topic changes) (1-4)
  2. Italian culture, history, art history, and/or cinema. Choose 3-5 courses (9-15 credits):
    • FLME 4180 International Cinemas (4) (when offered as Italian or European cinema, student must obtain professor’s permission to waive prerequisite)
    • AH 4110 Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece (3)
    • AH 4120 Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome (3)
    • AH 4200 Art and Arch of Middle Ages (3)
    • AH 4320 Italian Renaissance: Age of Humanism (3)
    • AH 4400 Baroque Art (3)
    • HIST 3510 Medieval Europe to 1500 (4)
    • HIST 3520 Early Modern Europe (4)
    • HIST 3530 Europe since 1789 (4)
    • PHIL 3010 History of Western Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval (3)
    • PHIL 4010 Plato (3)
    • PHIL 4020 Aristotle (3)
    • PHIL 4030 Topics: Ancient Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 4040 Augustine and Aquinas (3)
    • POLS 4240 European Politics (3)
    • POLS 4242 European Union (3)
    • THEA 4070 Western Theatre History-CTW (3)
  3. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (3)

Area H: Allied Field — Language, Literature, and Communication Studies (15-21 credits with a maximum of 6 hours in any one department)

  • Any 3000-level or higher course in language, literature, journalism, or speech communication course (i.e., with the prefixes ENGL, ARBC, CHIN, FORL, FREN, GRMN, JAPN, JOUR, EDLA, SCOM, or SPAN).
  • AAS 3880 African-American Literature (3)
  • AAS 3960 African-American Literature by Women (3)
  • MUS 4011 Singing in Italian and Latin (1)
  • MUS 4021 Singing in German (1)
  • MUS 4031 Singing in French (1)
  • MUS 4041 Singing in English (1)
  • WGSS 3995 Feminist Literary Criticism (3)

Area J: Electives

Electives are used to build the hours in Areas G-J to 60 hours, have 39 hours at Georgia State University taken at the 3000-4000 level for residency, and complete 120 hours required for graduation.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This unit offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.

Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Modern Languages with a Concentration in Italian

Students majoring in this program should contact the Andrew Young School of Policy studies for advisement. Information for this program is available at www.aysps.gsu.edu/oaa.

Program Admission

There are no admission requirements above the requirements for admission to the University for enrollment in the B.A. program with a major in international economics and modern languages.

Program Financial Information

There are no additional fees other than the tuition and fees charged by the University for enrollment in this program.

Program Degree Requirements

For degree credit, a minimum grade of C must be attained in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 and all courses in the economics common core curriculum and modern languages core curriculum.

Complete descriptions of requirements for Areas A through E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum can be found in the “University Degree Requirements and Graduation” chapter of this catalog. The number of semester credit hours required for each section is shown in parentheses.

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) – If taken in Area D, a 1000/2000 level elective from Areas A-E may be substituted.
  • ITAL 2001 Intermediate Italian I (3)
  • ITAL 2002 Intermediate Italian II (3)

Students who have not already attained elementary-level proficiency in Italian will be required to take prerequisite courses: ITAL 1001 and/or –ITAL 1002. In that case, the 1002 language course may be used to satisfy three credit hours of core requirements in Area C, Humanities, Fine Arts, and World Languages.

Students who have already attained intermediate-level competency in the primary language may substitute 1000/2000 level courses in another language for Fren, Grmn, Ital or SPAN 2001/SPAN 2002 (or SPAN 2203 or SPAN 2501) upon approval of the Department of World Languages and Cultures advisor.

Elective: one 1000/2000-level course chosen from Areas A-E.

Area G: Economics Common Core Curriculum (24) A minimum grade of C is required for all courses in this area.

Area H: Modern Languages Common Core (24) A minimum grade of C is required for all courses in this area.

  • ITAL 3301 Civilization (3)
  • ITAL 3302 Advanced Composition and Conversation (3)
  • ITAL 3303 Italian Cultural Expression (3)
  • ITAL 4414 Topics in Italian Literature (may be taken more than once if topic is different) (3)
  • ITAL 4033 Italian for International Business I (3)
  • ITAL 4043 Italian for International Business II (3)
  • Two additional Ital 3000/4000 level courses (6)

Area I: Electives (12) Choose any four 3000/4000-level courses, in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Minor in Italian

Students who wish to minor in Italian must take 15-18 hours in Italian, including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours of courses in the language may count the additional hours toward their electives. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

Certificate of Language Ability in Italian

A strong demand exists by employers for candidates to offer credentials to verify language proficiency in both oral and written communication. The undergraduate Certificate of Language Ability is designed for students to offer tangible proof of their language abilities and makes an ideal complement to other areas of study such as business, international relations, public health, criminal justice, hospitality, and more.

The certificate consists of 12 credit hours at 2000- and 3000-level (minimum of 6 must be at the 3000-level), with a B or higher in the first attempt at each course. Courses retaken using the university Repeat to Replace policy are not counted as first attempts.