Undergraduate instruction in Italian has long been fully integrated among the three undergraduate schools of the University—Barnard College, Columbia College, and the School of General Studies. All courses are open to Barnard students. The Advanced Italian course, though part of the requirement for the major in Italian, is open to all qualified students whose main goal is to improve their competence in the language.
A major in Italian offers the advantages of closely supervised work for a small number of students. Through the senior tutorial, students pursue research in a chosen area of Italian culture under the guidance of a specialist.
The courses given in English have no prerequisites and are open to students majoring in other departments who nevertheless wish to study Italian literature and culture.
Graduate courses are open to qualified students with permission of the instructor.