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Major and Minor

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.

MAJOR – minimum of 40 Upper Division Units

As part of the 40 units, the following courses must be included:

  • Italian 100 or dept. approved substitution
  • Italian 101 or dept. approved substitution
  • Up to two (2) upper division courses in Italian Literature, Culture or Civilization taught in English by SCU faculty count toward the 40 units required for the major
  • 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

MINOR – minimum of 19 Upper Division Units

As part of the 19 units, the following courses must be included:

  • Italian 100 or dept. approved substitution
  • Italian 101 or dept. approved substitution
  • One (1) upper division course in Italian Literature, Culture of Civilization taught in English by SCU faculty counts toward the 19 units required for the minor 
  • 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

  •  Studying abroad in Italy is highly recommended, but not required.  

Language Skills

Lower Division Upper Division
1 Elementary Italian I 100 Advanced Italian I
2 Elementary Italian II 101 Advanced Italian II
3 Elementary Italian III 102 Advanced Italian III
21 Intermediate Italian I 106 Advanced Italian Conversation
22 Intermediate Italian II  

Literature, Culture, and Civilization

110 Italian Civilization I 150 Quattrocento, Cinquecento (Rinascimento)
111 Italian Civilization II 154 Nature and Italian Literature
112 Survey of Italian Culture and Civilization 180 Novecento
113 Cinema e Cultura 182 20th Century Italian Women Writers
120 Survey of Italian Literature I 185 Italian American Experience (Diversity CORE, taught in English)
121 Survey of Italian Literature II 187 Immigration to Italy in Film and Literature (Civic Engagement CORE, taught in English)
125 Colloquium: Italian Literature & Culture 188 Contemporary Italian Culture
130 Dante, La Divina Commedia  

Special Courses

194 Peer Educator **
198 Directed Study
197 Special Topics
199 Directed Reading