Italian Studies

The Italian program offers language (levels I-VI), literature, film, and culture courses. It offers an interdisciplinary major in Italian Studies in conjunction with courses from the School of Languages & Cultures, Visual and Performing Arts, and History. The School of Languages & Cultures also offers a minor in Italian.

Points of Pride

  • Purdue offers a summer study abroad experience in Florence, Italy.
  • The department offers web resources, Italian literature and cinema web links, Italian dictionaries, and Italian cultural studies listserve.


  • Country sales manager
  • International Sales
  • International market research analyst
  • Graduate or Professional School
  • Many other positions in business/management, not necessarily related to the major but based on graduate's global awareness and broad-based liberal arts skill set

Plan of Study

PREREQUISITE: Students must establish reading proficiency in Italian equivalent to Italian Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing ITAL 20200, by exam, or by other evidence acceptable to the School of Languages and Culture.

A. The following courses are required (24)

ITAL 28000 Italian Culture & Civilization
ITAL 30100 Italian Level V
ITAL 30200 Italian Level VI
ITAL 33000 The Italian Cinema
ITAL 34100 Introduction to Italian Literature I
ITAL 34200 Introduction to Italian Literature II
ITAL 39300 Special Topics in Italian Literature or Cinema
ITAL 49300 Advanced Topics in Italian Literature or Cinema

B. Choose THREE courses from the following courses (9)

AD 22700 Survey of Western Art: Second Half (no pre-req)
AD 35700 History of the Renaissance Architecture
AD 35900 Medieval European Art
AD 45100 Italian Renaissance Art
CLCS 23100 Survey of Latin Literature
CLCS 23500 Introduction to Classical Mythology
HIST 40200 Europe in the Renaissance: Dante to Machiavelli
HIST 40600 Europe in the Age of Social Revolution. 1815 - 1870
HIST 40700 Europe in the Age of Imperialism. 1870 - 1919
HIST 40800 History of Europe since 1920
ITAL 23100 Dante
ITAL 33300 The Spirit of Italian Comedy
ITAL 33500 Italian American Cinema
ITAL 59400 Special Topics in Italian Literature
LC 23000 Introduction to Comparative Literature
LC 26100 Intro to Linguistics or ENGL/SLHS 22700 Elements of Linguistics
LC 33100 Comparative Literature in Translation
LC 57000 Intro to Semiotics
MARS 22000 Intro to Medieval Studies
MARS 42000 Medieval Studies Seminar

Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
West Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual and Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (20-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

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Italian Studies

School of Languages and Cultures

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