Undergraduate instruction in Italian has long been fully and successfully 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.


Policy on No Exemption from General Education Requirements through Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate Credits  - Students Entering Fall 2016

Students entering Barnard in Fall 2016 and thereafter will receive points of credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, but these credits will not exempy students from General Education Requirements. Further information may be found on the Registrar's website: http://barnard.edu/registrar/external-credit


Placement Exam

Barnard currently does not offer the Italian placement exam. The Columbia Italian Department holds placement exams before the beginning of each semester. For more information, please visit italian.columbia.edu. To register for a placement exam, please email italian@columbia.edu.

Department of Italian
320 Milbank Hall

3009 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

(P) 212.854.8312

Department Assistant:  Sondra Phifer



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