Programs - Undergraduate
Studies at UCLA offer an exciting combination of linguistic, literary
and cultural experience. Besides covering the full range of
Italian language and literature, the Department also offers courses
approaching Italian civilization through film, through folklore,
and through linguistic history and dialectology.
unique aspect of Italian Studies at UCLA is the Major in Italian
and Special Fields. There are sixteen such fields from English
and Art History to Film and Women's Studies. Conceived to
as flexible a major as possible, the B.A. in Italian and Special
Fields allows students maximum freedom to construct and pursue individualized
courses of study. Dividing academic work equally between Italian
and a field of choice (roughly six courses in each), majors of Italian
and Special Fields are particularly well-equipped to pursue careers
where knowledge of Italian enhances more specific expertise.
classical Major in Italian, which requires thirteen courses in Italian,
offers an assurance of complete proficiency in all aspects of Italian
studies: language, literature, film and culture. Both
majors emphasize the development of linguistic fluency as well as
overall familiarity with Italian literary and cultural history.
addition to the regular offerings in Italian here in Los Angeles,
UCLA boasts direct connections with Italy and opportunities
for smoothly integrating study there into an American degree program.
Students gain access to the resources of Italy's two oldest universities,
Padua and Bologna; for the fine arts and architecture, to
Florence and Venice: for business, Milano's Bocconi. In the Summer
UCLA hosts a 12-units program in Florence, still one of the most
fascinating and lively cities in Europe. Without going abroad,
Summer students can study Italian language, literature and film
every summer in Los Angeles via the UCLA Summer Sessions.
the threshold of the twenty-first century, Italian studies provide
a way of reaffirming the principle underlying all humanistic studies:
namely, a critical evaluation of theories and historical trends
with an eye toward shaping the future.
Knowledge of Italian can be a significant asset for students wishing
to pursue a career in business, government, law, medicine or education.
The advent of a global economy and worldwide deregulation in commerce
offer many opportunities for those fluent in Italian. Stated
simply, it has become imperative that U.S. companies seek people
with international cultural and linguistic experience. In
retail sales, in the media and in the arts--especially music, design
and film--the career opportunities are even more apparent.
in Italian can also lead to careers in teaching. While traditionally
many of our majors have entered graduate programs in the U.S. or
abroad with the goal of pursuing scholarly professions, now an equal
number pursue post-graduate studies in social work, law and medicine.
intermediate and advanced courses aim to provide students with a
sound basis for communicating effectively and accurately in Italian.
Emphasis is placed equally on listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Real-life activities expose students to day-to-day contexts likely
to be encountered in Italy, thus reinforcing grammatical structures
learned in class and increasing functional skills. Students
of language are also introduced to contemporary Italian life and
culture. First-year Italian corresponds to the three quarter
sequence, Italian 1-3, second-year Italian to Italian 4-6.
language courses include Italian 100, a composition course, and
Italian 131, a theater course which provides the student with the
opportunity to interpret and perform one-act plays in Italian.
Summer Sessions generally offers also an acclerated summer course,
Italian 1A (a composite of Italian 1, 2 and 3 over a ten-week period).
Further conversation skills can be developed through the Italian
8A,B and C series in spoken Italian offered on a rotating basis.
Culture and Literature Courses in English
Department offers an array of courses in Italian subjects taught
in English: Italian 42A and 42B (on the history of Italian
culture), Italian 46 (on Italian Cinema & Culture), and Italian
50A and 50B (on major trends in Italian literature). These
are lecture courses, accompanied by weekly break-down groups
of twenty students per discussion. All three courses fulfill
General Education requirements within UCLA's College of Letters
division courses in English include Italian 102A, 102B, and 102C
(on medieval, Renaissance, and modern literature), Italian 110 (Dante's
Divine Comedy), Italian 121 (film and literature), Italian 140 (the
short story from Boccaccio to Celati), Italian 150 (modern &
contemporary Italian fiction), and Italian 158 (on the role of women
in Italian society & literature).
Study in Italy
Department's intensive summer
program in Florence covers a four four-week period in late June
to July. Students generally receive twelve-units of course credit,
usually Italian 1, 8A and 8C, and 46, or Italian 4, 8B and 8C, and
46. More advanced students may take Italian 197 and/or 199
(independent studies on Italian film, art, or history). Cost
for the month abroad tends to run about $2650 (exclusive of airfare).
students are encouraged to go even further and spend up to one year
in Italy on an American education abroad program or in an Italian
university. The Education Abroad Program of UCLA places students
regularly in one of a number of the finest Italian universities.
After being accepted, students consult with the Undergraduate Advisor
on what courses to take abroad, and then obtain UCLA transfer credit
upon return. We also urge students to take advantage of summer
language workshops, either here in the U.S. in Italy.
The Minor and Major in Italian
The Major in "Italian & Special Fields"
and for program changes
majors with an overall grade-point average of 3.25, and a 3.5 GPA
or better in Italian, are eligible to participate in the honors
program. Candidates must select three upper division literature
courses in which to do additional readings. In the last term
of the senior year, they write a thesis on a subject related to
one of these three courses. The average grade for the three
courses cannot fall below A-. Applications to graduate with
Honors in Italian should be made during the last term of the junior
Fellowships and Assistantships
with the undergraduate advisor for current listings.
Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Elissa