About the Major and Minor in Italian

The Italian program at the University of Memphis offers a major and a minor in Italian with beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in Italian language and literature, as well as courses in English on topics such as Italian Cinema, Dante, Business Italian, and Food and Italian Identity. In language courses, the communicative approach is employed, and classroom instruction is complemented by audio-visual media. We regularly view beautiful slides of Italy and we even make Italian films!

The new  Minor in Italian Studies was created to answer and better serve the needs of an increasing number of UM students who are interested in taking some Italian language together with Italian culture courses taught in English which would complement their major field of study. 
Italian culture is a major component of several courses taught in various departments at the University of Memphis, including the Departments of Art History, History, the Program in Classics, and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. In addition, many faculty-led Study Abroad courses in Italy from the Department of Architecture, the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management, the College of Health Sciences (Nutrition), and the new B.A in Fashion Design offer study in areas where Italy has been or is a contemporary leader (art, fashion, culinary arts; interior, graphic, and furniture design; environmental planning and design; and music). A new Minor in Italian Studies at UM will therefore not only allow UM students to capitalize on Italian cultural courses taken in other programs and complete a minor complementary to their major field of study, but it would also prepare them for many career paths where contemporary Italy is a world leader. 

Requirements for the Italian Major:

24 upper division semester hours (8 courses).

Requirements for the Italian Minor:

A total of 18 semester hours (6 courses): ITAL 1020, 2010, and 2020 (or their equivalents); and 9 upper division semester hours (3 courses) in the Italian program.

Requirements for the new Minor in Italian Studies

A minimum of 18 semester hours, including the Core and Elective Courses.
Core: 9 semester hours of any course under the ITAL (Italian) prefix.

Elective Courses: 9 semester hours from the following options

Italian can also be one of the concentrations in the B.A. in World Languages.

Requirements for a two-language concentration: 27 upper division semester hours (9 courses) with a minimum of 9 semester hours in each language. Requirements for a three-language concentration: at least 33 upper division semester hours (11 courses) to include at least 12 semester hours in each of two languages plus approved course work in a third language.

To inquire about the Italian program, contact Dr. C. Gaudenzi at cgaudenz@memphis.edu