Italian Studies (2018 - 2020)
Major in Italian Studies
The major consists of nine 4-point courses (36 points) as follows:
- Advanced Review of Modern Italian (ITAL-UA 30)
- One conversation course: Conversations in Italian (ITAL-UA 101); Italian through Cinema (ITAL-UA 107); or Italian through Opera (ITAL-UA 108)
- One composition course: Creative Writing in Italian (ITAL-UA 103); Advanced Composition (ITAL-UA 105); or Translation (ITAL-UA 110)
- At least one literature survey course: either Readings in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (ITAL-UA 115) or Readings in Modern Italian Literature (ITAL-UA 116). Note: majors are advised to take both.
- Five courses drawn from advanced literature and culture and society offerings in the department. At least one of these courses must focus on the medieval/early modern period and one on the modern/ contemporary period.
Capstone Project Option for Non-Honors Majors
Majors in the department who do not choose or qualify to write a senior honors thesis (see below) may pursue this option, which is not a requirement for the major. Developed in conjunction with a faculty member in the junior or senior year, the capstone consists of a research paper or research project, as well as a final oral defense/discussion of the project in Italian. The capstone does not require a separate course or independent study, but rather is developed within a class in which the student is already enrolled. The project is completed in addition to the existing course requirements (whether a final paper written in the Italian language, extra pages added to a research paper, a creative project such as a film or film script, etc.). The department’s spring undergraduate conference offers an ideal venue for the presentation of outstanding capstone projects.
Policies Applying to the Major
All courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C or better and cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.
No more than two courses from CORE-UA and/or FYSEM-UA can count toward the major in Italian. They must be taught by Italian studies faculty members.
Internships do not count toward the Italian major.
The prerequisite for literature survey, conversation, composition, and any advanced literature or culture and society courses conducted in Italian is Advanced Review of Modern Italian (ITAL-UA 30) or permission of the instructor.
Transfer students must complete at least five courses (20 points) of the nine courses (36 points) required for the Italian major while in residence at New York University.
Majors in Italian studies are strongly encouraged to study for at least one semester at NYU Florence, with necessary exceptions made for curricular, medical, familial, or athletic conflicts.
Major in Italian and Linguistics
This joint major requires a total of nine 4-point courses (36 points) completed with a grade of C or better. The Italian part of this major is satisfied by taking four 4-point courses (16 points) as follows:
- Advanced Review of Modern Italian (ITAL-UA 30)
- One advanced Italian language course (ITAL-UA 101, ITAL-UA 103, ITAL-UA 105, ITAL-UA 107, ITAL-UA 108, or ITAL-UA 110)
- Two advanced courses in either Italian literature or culture and society, to be determined in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies.
The linguistics part of this major is satisfied by taking the following five courses (20 points):
- Either Language (LING-UA 1) or Language and Mind (LING-UA 3)
- Sound and Language (LING-UA 11)
- Grammatical Analysis (LING-UA 13)
- A total of two additional courses from two different fields of linguistics, chosen from the following (please see linguistics in this Bulletin for course titles and descriptions):
- Historical linguistics (LING-UA 14)
- Sociolinguistics (LING-UA 15, LING-UA 18, LING-UA 30, LING-UA 38, LING-UA 57)
- Phonology (LING-UA 12)
- Semantics (LING-UA 4)
- Computational linguistics (LING-UA 6, LING-UA 7)
- Psycholinguistics (LING-UA 5, LING-UA 43, LING-UA 54, LING-UA 57)
- Structure of a modern language (LING-UA 10, LING-UA 42, LING-UA 44, LING-UA 9032)
Major in Romance Languages
See the Romance languages section of this Bulletin for details and requirements.
Minor in Italian Studies
The minor in Italian studies consists of four courses (16 points) above Intermediate Italian II (ITAL-UA 12) or Intensive Intermediate (ITAL-UA 20), as follows:
- Advanced Review of Modern Italian (ITAL-UA 30)
- One advanced language course (ITAL-UA 101, ITAL-UA 103, ITAL-UA 105, ITAL-UA 107, ITAL-UA 108, or ITAL-UA 110)
- Two courses in literature and/or culture and society, to be chosen in consultation with a departmental adviser.
All courses must be completed with a C or better and may not be taken pass/fail. Transfer students must complete at least two of the four courses at NYU. Internships do not count toward the minor.
No more than one course from CORE-UA or FYSEM-UA can count toward the minor in Italian Studies. This course must be taught by an Italian Studies faculty member.
Honors Program in Italian Studies
To qualify for honors in the Italian studies major, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.65 and a major GPA of 3.65 or higher. Students who wish to pursue honors should contact the director of undergraduate studies or a departmental adviser for an application during their junior year. The director of undergraduate studies may, by petition to the director of college honors, consider strong candidates who do not meet the GPA threshold of 3.65.
Honors majors complete an 8-point sequence consisting of the Senior Honors Seminar (ITAL-UA 999), taken in the fall of senior year, and the Honors Independent Study (ITAL-UA 990), taken in the spring of senior year. Both count as advanced courses for the major. The subject of the Senior Honors Seminar changes yearly. Students work closely with a departmental faculty member who becomes the honors thesis adviser (chosen in consultation with the director of the honors program). The thesis should be a work of scholarship and/or criticism from 40 to 60 pages in length. In consultation with a second faculty reader, the student’s thesis adviser determines whether or not to recommend him or her for honors in Italian. A grade of at least A-minus is required for the award of honors. Students receiving a lower grade will simply be awarded 8 credits toward the major.
Students can participate in internships in a variety of areas such as international trade, banking, publishing, community organizations, and television and radio programs. For more information, please contact the department. Note that internships do not count toward the major or minor.
Accelerated B.A/M.A. Program in Italian Studies
Undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible for the five-year program in Italian Studies, with the fifth-year M.A. taken in either Florence or New York. For full-time students in CAS, tuition for the fifth year in Florence is offered at a 50 percent discount, and the application fee and GRE exam are waived.
Majors in Italian studies may apply to the program once they have completed between 48 and 96 credits toward the B.A. Students in the program must satisfy all of the requirements of both the B.A. and M.A.; there is no double-counting of courses. To complete the program in five years, students must finish at least a fourth of the master’s requirements (two graduate courses) before the beginning of the fifth year.
While enrolled in the B.A./M.A. program, students in the fifth year can take courses during the fall and spring semesters in Florence with resident faculty from the Department of Italian Studies, the Università di Firenze, and the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane. They visit research institutions and attend biweekly seminars at Villa La Pietra.
For further information about the M.A., contact the department’s director of graduate studies. For more information on the B.A./M.A. program, contact the College of Arts and Science Advising Center in the Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Room 905; 212-998-8130.
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
The Department of Italian Studies is located in Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at 24 West 12th Street. Once the residence of General Winfield Scott, it is a national historic landmark. Donated to NYU by Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò in memory of her husband, the late Baron Guido Zerilli-Marimò, Casa Italiana is a widely recognized center for Italian cultural and social activities. Students are encouraged to participate in the many lectures, conferences, concerts, and film series that Casa Italiana and the Department of Italian Studies offer.
NYU Florence at Villa La Pietra
A magnificent 57-acre Renaissance estate with five villas, La Pietra houses a notable early Renaissance art collection and one of the most beautiful and authentically restored Renaissance gardens in Italy. This extraordinary campus environment features newly renovated classrooms, computer labs, and other facilities. Students are lodged in villas at La Pietra or in private apartments and households in Florence. While most courses are taught in English, NYU Florence is also proud to offer an Italian immersion program for majors and minors in Italian, as well as for those whose language abilities are sufficiently advanced. Students are eligible to take upper-level content courses in Italian, taught at the Villa, as well as courses at the Università di Firenze.
Additionally, NYU Florence offers a six-week summer program with courses in Italian language as well as literature, cinema, opera, and art history. Students live in the modern residences that surround Villa La Pietra and participate in weekend excursions and cultural activities.