B.A. in Italian

The Italian major consists of 30 units of upper-division coursework. Up to 14 units of lower division coursework or demonstrated language proficiency is required for the major.
Proficiency can be demonstrated by completing the necessary lower-division courses or testing out of them.
Most upper-division courses are conducted in Italian, and students are expected to use Italian in their speaking, reading, and writing.



Lower division language classes (14 units)

* ITAL 101 First-Semester Italian (4)
* ITAL 102 Second-Semester Italian (4)
* ITAL 103 Third-Semester Italian (3)
* ITAL 104 Fourth-Semester Italian (3)

Core requirements (15 units)

  • ITAL 305 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
  • MLL 325 Linguistics and Foreign Language (3)
  • ITAL 401 Italian Culture and Civilization (3)
  • ITAL 510 Italian Literature: Early Period (3)
  • ITAL 511 Italian Literature: Late Period (3)


Five upper-division electives on advisement from the following (15 units):

  • ITAL 350 Advanced Oral and Reading Practice (3)
  • ITAL 525 Literature and the Risorgimento (3)
  • ITAL 530 Italian Renaissance Literature (3)
  • ITAL 550 The Italian Theatre (3)
  • ITAL 560 The Italian Novel (3)
  • ITAL 570 Italian Women Writers (3)
  • ITAL 580 Great Figures in Italian Literature (3)
  • ITAL 581 Divina Commedia (3)
  • ITAL 600 Italian Literature on Film (3)
  • ITAL 699 Special Study (1-3)
Total units required for Major: 44
Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.

Writing in the Major:

Students must complete the University’s GWAR requirement by taking MLL 400GW, CWL 400GW or ITAL 600GW.

Complementary Studies

Required of all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian are 12 units of Complementary Studies, which must come from courses bearing a prefix other than ITAL, and not cross-listed with ITAL. Complementary Studies for the Italian major can be satisfied via four possible routes: (1) 12 units in any foreign language other than Italian (which may include up to 3 units of FL prefix courses); (2) 12 units of coursework taken in an approved study abroad program (including the CSU Study Abroad and the SF State Bilateral Program); (3) 12 units of coursework taken as partial completion of a second major, a minor or a certificate; (4) 12 units of coursework in related disciplines with the approval of an Italian Program advisor. Related disciplines typically include classics, linguistics, literature, humanities, philosophy, history, music,art history, education, Jewish studies, apparel design and merchandising, industrial design, and any aspect of greater Italy, Mediterranean, Italian-American or European studies.
Where a course with a non-ITAL prefix, (and not cross-listed with ITAL), is taken as a core requirement or elective for the Italian major, the said course may also (doubly) count towards Complementary Studies only via the Study Abroad option or the 2nd Major/Minor/Certificate option listed above. Students satisfying Complementary Studies through the Foreign Language option are allowed a maximum of 3 units of overlap of FL-prefix courses between Italian major and Complementary Studies units. Students satisfying Complementary Studies through the Related Subjects option are not allowed to double-count major and Complementary Studies units.