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Italian Studies Major

A major in Italian Studies consists of a choice of twelve upper-division courses in literature, history, music, theatre, and visual arts approved for the program and listed under "Courses." Courses in other areas of Italian Studies taken abroad or on campus may also apply. At least three areas (literature, history and visual arts) must be represented in the student's program of study. The particular courses making up each student's major will be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Pre-requisite Language Courses

Students must complete the following prerequisite language courses or their equivalents for all upper-division work in Italian literature:

LIIT 1A. Italian Conversation (2.5)
LIIT 1AX. Analysis of Italian (2.5)

LIIT 1B. Italian Conversation (2.5)
LIIT 1BX. Analysis of Italian (2.5)

LIIT 1C. Italian Conversation (2.5)
LIIT 1CX. Analysis of Italian (2.5)

LTIT 2A. Intermediate Italian I (5)

LTIT 2B. Intermediate Italian II (5)

Major Requirements

LTIT 115 Medieval Studies: Dante and eleven elective courses selected from at least three departments (Literature, History, Music, etc.) are acceptable here.

LTIT 115 Medieval Studies: Dante (Dept. 1)

Italian Studies Elective (Dept. 2)

Italian Studies Elective (Dept. 3)

Italian Studies Elective

Italian Studies Elective

Italian Studies Elective

Italian Studies Elective

Italian Studies Elective

Italian Studies Elective

Italian Studies Elective

Italian Studies Elective

Italian Studies Elective

Major Planning Guide

Learning Objectives of the Italian Studies Major

Study Abroad

Italian Studies majors are encouraged to participate in the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) or UC San Diego's Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) to complete requirements. More information about UCEAP or OAP can be found on the Study Abroad website. You may also contact the Study Abroad Office at 858-534-1123 or via email at

Students considering study abroad must meet with the Italian Studies Program Director before going abroad to discuss how study abroad coursework will fulfill requirements for the major.

Students should note that:

  • courses to be applied toward the major/minor, must be the equivalent of at least 4 quarter upper-division units at UC San Diego.
  • these courses must be as academically rigorous as UC San Diego upper-division courses.


Student will need to provide supporting evidence (course descriptions, course syllabi, papers, exams, etc.) of all abroad courses to be applied toward completion of the Italian Studies major. Study abroad coursework will need to be petitioned upon student's return.