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Italian Studies

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CAESAR Program Advising
School of Arts and Humanities
Ridge Walk Academic Complex, Arts and Humanities Building, Room 655

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the language, literature, history, theatre, music, and art of Italy. Italian Studies coordinates the resources of the Departments of History, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Political Science, Theatre and Dance, and Visual Arts; and offers students the opportunity to design a major, leading to a BA, around the course offerings of these seven departments. Students in Italian studies are encouraged to make an appointment with the Study Abroad Office in order to take advantage of opportunities to study in Italy through the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) and the Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP). Study abroad credits may be petitioned for credit and transferred back to UC San Diego.

The Major Program

A major in Italian studies consists of a choice of twelve upper-division courses (forty-eight units) in literature, history, music, political science, theatre, and visual arts approved for the program and listed below. At least three areas must be represented in the student’s program of study.

Language Proficiency

For all upper-division work in Italian literature (LTIT), students must complete LTIT 2A, LTIT 2B, and LTIT 50, or demonstrate the equivalent with transfer credit or by proficiency exam.

The particular courses making up each student’s major will be selected in consultation with the program adviser. Courses in other areas of Italian studies taken abroad or on our campus may also apply by petition. Eligible P/NP courses are approved by petition.

The Minor Program

A minor in Italian studies consists of seven courses (twenty-eight units), at least five of which must be upper division from among those listed below (at least two departments must be represented). Courses in other areas of Italian studies taken abroad or on our campus may also apply by petition. Eligible P/NP courses are approved by petition.


For description of courses listed below, see appropriate departmental listing.


HIEU 119. Death and Afterlife in the Middle Ages

HIEU 120. The Renaissance in Italy

HIEU 125. Reformation Europe

HIEU 172. Comparative European Fascism

HIEU 181. Immigration, Ethnicity, and Identity in Contemporary European Society

HIEU 183. Social History and Anthropology of the Mediterranean

HIEU 199. Independent Study in European History


LIIT 1A/LIIT1AX. Italian Conversation/Analysis of Italian

LIIT 1B/1BX. Italian Conversation/Analysis of Italian

LIIT 1C/1CX. Italian Conversation/Analysis of Italian


LTIT 2A-2B. Intermediate Italian I-II

LTIT 50. Advanced Italian

LTIT 100. Introduction to Literatures in Italian

LTIT 115. Medieval Studies

LTIT 122. Studies in Modern Italian Culture

LTIT 137. Studies in Modern Italian Prose

LTIT 161. Advanced Stylistics and Conversation

LTIT 192. Senior Seminar in Literatures in Italian

LTIT 196. Honors Thesis

LTIT 198. Directed Group Study

LTIT 199. Special Studies

LTEU 140. Italian Literature in Translation
(may be repeated for credit as topics vary)

Political Science

POLI 110A. Citizens and Saints: Political Thought from Plato to Augustine

POLI 110B. Sovereigns, Subjects, and the Modern State: Political Thought from Machiavelli to Rousseau

POLI 120I. Politics in Italy

Visual Arts

VIS 122B. Baroque: Painters, Sculptors, Architects

VIS 122CN. Leonardo da Vinci in Context

VIS 122D. Michelangelo

VIS 128A. Topics in Pre-Modern Art History (when on Italian topic)

VIS 129A. Seminar in Pre-Modern Art History (when on Italian topic)

The following courses may be applied to the major or minor, when fifty percent or more of the course focus is on Italian topics:

MUS 113. Topics in Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music

Additional courses counting toward a major or minor in Italian studies are offered on a year-to-year basis. As these often cannot be listed in the catalog in advance, interested students should consult the program faculty for an up-to-date list.