Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department

Italian Studies

at Santa Clara University

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Detailed course descriptions can be found here.

Santa Clara University, California's oldest institution of higher learning and the birthplace of Italian Studies in the western United States, was founded by two Italian Jesuits in 1851 and began offering instruction in Italian that same year.  Now in our second century, our Italian curriculum offers a good balance between language and culture.  The program boasts the Toso Chair of Italian Studies, and various scholarships and prizes are available to students of Italian.  The Casa Italiana, a residence hall, offers students the ideal environment for the mastery of the Italian language and an introduction to the culture of the “cradle of Western civilization.”

MAJOR – minimum of 40 Upper Division Units MINOR – minimum of 19 Upper Division Units
 As part of the 40 units, the following courses must be included:  As part of the 19 units, the following courses must be included:
  • Italian 100 or dept. approved substitution
  • Italian 101 or dept. approved substitution
  • Remaining units taken in upper division coursework taught in Italian
  • 20 Units taken at SCU or taught by SCU Faculty
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in major
  • Italian 100 or dept. approved substitution
  • Italian 101 or dept. approved substitution
  • Remaining units taken in upper division coursework taught in Italian
  • 10 units taken at SCU or taught by SCU faculty
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in minor



  • Courses in mythology, comparative literature and Renaissance history are recommended while pursuing this major, but not required.
  •  A junior year of study in Italy is recommended, but not required.  Santa Clara University also offers a summer program Assisi.

 

Language Skills

 

Lower Division

ITAL 1

Elementary Italian I

ITAL 2

Elementary Italian II

ITAL 3

Elementary Italian III

ITAL 21

Intermediate Italian I

ITAL 22

Intermediate Italian II

Upper Division

ITAL 100

Advanced Italian I

ITAL 101

Advanced Italian II

ITAL 106

Advanced Italian Conversation

 

Literature

 

ITAL 120

Survey of Italian Literature I

ITAL 121

Survey of Italian Literature II

ITAL 125

Colloquium: Italian Literature and Culture

ITAL 130

Dante, La Divina Commedia I

ITAL 131

Dante, La Divina Commedia II

ITAL 140

Duecento, Trecento

ITAL 150

Quattrocento, Cinquecento (Rinascimento)

ITAL 160

Settecento

ITAL 170

Ottocento, I Promessi Sposi

ITAL 180

Novecento Italian Literature of the 20th Century

ITAL 182

20th Century Italian Women Writers

ITAL 183

Women in Italian Cinema: The Impact of Globalization

 

Culture and Civilization

 

ITAL 110

Italian Civilization I

ITAL 111

Italian Civilization II

ITAL 113

Cinema e Cultura

 

Special Courses

 

 ITAL 194  Peer Educator in Italian

ITAL 198

Directed Study

ITAL 199

Directed Reading


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