Major and Minor
Major & Minor Requirements
The courses in Italian are designed to develop proficiency in all the language skills and to present the literary and cultural traditions of Italy. The program of study is to be planned as early as possible.
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 exempt students from General Education Requirements. Further information may be found on the Registrar website: http://barnard.edu/registrar/external-credit
The Italian Language Placement Exam is administered by the Columbia Italian Department in 509 Hamilton Hall, Columbia Campus - Visit the Italian Language Placement and Proficiency website for instructions.
The following language courses are required unless advanced standing is attained by the language placement examination.
- ITAL UN1101 - UN1102: Elementary Italian I and II
Introduction to Italian grammar, with emphasis on reading, writing, listening and speaking. No credit is given for UN1101 until UN1102 has been completed. Enrollment is limited to 20 students per section. 4 points
- ITAL UN2101 - UN2102: Intermediate Italian I and II
Review of grammar; intensive and extensive reading, composition, and practice in conversation. Prerequisite: UN1102 or the equivalent. Enrollment limited to 20 students per section. 4 points
Ten (10) courses are required for the major, including the following five:
- ITAL UN3333-UN3334: Introduction to Italian Literature or ITAL GU4502-GU4503: Italian Cultural Studies I and II
Introduction to literary theory and problems and to in-depth textual analysis. Authors and works from the 13th century to the present; the basic course in Italian literature. Prerequisite: Two years of college-level Italian or the equivalent. Prerequisite: UN2101-2102 or the equivalent.
- ITAL UN3335 - UN3336: Advanced Italian
Written and oral self-expression in Italian; brief papers and oral reports on a variety of topics, including films and literature; grammar review. Prerequisite: UN2101-2102 or the equivalent.
- ITAL UN3993: Seminar in Italian Literature
Required of students with a major or concentration in Italian. Open to other qualified students with permission of departmental representative. 3 points
A minimum of five courses is required for the minor, to be selected from courses numbered ABOVE (and INCLUDING) ITAL UN3333-UN3334: Introduction to Italian Literature. Italian courses numbered below UN3333 are not considered for the minor.