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Course Catalog

Italian Literary and Cultural Studies

Course descriptions

This major focuses on Italian literary studies but also allows students to take advanced coursework in Italian language, communication, and cultural studies. (All 3000-level coursework on Italian cinema may also be counted towards the minor in Film Studies). Italian courses comprise two main groups:

Group 1 (Literature)

ILCS 3237, 3245, 3246, 3247, 3250, 3251, 3253, 3254, 3255W, 3256, 3261, 3262, 3293, 3295, 3298, 4279.

Group 2 (Language, Communication, and Culture)

ILCS 3239, 3240, 3255W, 3258W, 3259, 3260W, 3270, 3291, 3293, 3295, 3298, 4279.

For the major in Italian, students must take 24 credits of ILCS courses at the 2000 level or above and according to the following guidelines:

  1. At least one composition course: ILCS 3239 or 3240 or 3293.
  2. One introductory or literary survey course: ILCS 3245, 3246, 3247, 3250, 3251, 3256, 3261, 3262, 3293, 3295, 3298.
  3. Six additional courses taken from Groups 1 or 2 (which are not used to satisfy requirements A or B). No more than four of these six courses may be taken from the same group.
  4. All majors must take one W course as part of the 24 required Italian credits. A second W course may be counted toward the major with the consent of the advisor. (One W course taken outside of ILCS is also mandatory for all majors, as per UConn’s university-wide W course requirements.)
  5. 12 additional related credits are required in 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level related courses from programs other than Italian. These may include:
    • Courses in any modern or classical language.
    • Any English, Linguistics, or Philosophy course.
    • Any Communication Sciences course that is directly related to second language acquisition or the Italian/Italian-American communities.
    • Any History, Political Science, Art History, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, or Geography course that deals with Italy, Italians, or Italian-Americans.
    • Any course that does not meet these specific requirements should be approved by the advisor.
  6. Education Abroad in Italy: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a variety of UConn-sponsored Education Abroad programs (and also have the option of enrolling in non-sponsored programs). In either case, students should consult with the ILCS faculty to determine which courses will receive credits. Students who enroll in study abroad programs not sponsored by UConn do not neces-sarily receive UConn credits for their coursework.

In addition, the following rules apply:

  • A minimum of 12 of the major credits must consist of Italian courses taken in residence.
  • Up to 12 credits may be met by ILCS 3293, with the consent of the advisor. Only 6 may be transfer credits.
  • UConn’s Early College Experience courses may be counted towards the major.
  • A single course cannot satisfy more than one requirement.

To satisfy the writing in the major and information literacy competencies, students must complete ILCS 3255W, 3258W, or 3460W.

A minor in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies is described in the Minors section.