Italian Major Requirements

(Also see Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.)

The major requires completion of language courses through Advanced Italian I and II (AS.210.351 Advanced Italian I-AS.210.352 Advanced Italian II), two courses (6 credits) from the "Italian Journeys" series, including "Medieval and Early Modern" (AS.214.362 Italian Journeys: Medieval and Early Modern) and "Modern and Contemporary" (AS.214.363 Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary Literature), and four elective courses (or the equivalent of 12 credits) from the Italian Culture series (AS.211.200-AS.211.499) and the Italian Literature series (AS.214.200-214.499). It may also include one course in Italian film/history/art history (if approved by the DUS) and one independent study in the senior year (taken after completing an Italian Literature series course). At least two of the four elective courses (or the equivalent of 6 credits) must be conducted in Italian. Five of the eight courses for the major must be taken at JHU. All major requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better and may not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Required Core Courses
AS.210.351Advanced Italian I3
AS.210.352Advanced Italian II3
AS.214.362Italian Journeys: Medieval and Early Modern3
AS.214.363Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary Literature3
Two AS.211.2xx-4xx or AS.214.2xx-4xx taught in Italian6
Two AS.211.2xx-4xx (related to Italian) or AS.214.2xx-4xx taught in English or Italian 16
Total Credits24

Sample Program of Study

The plan is conceived as a guideline for students starting with no previous skills in Italian language. The sequence of language courses is strongly recommended in order to complete all the requirements for the major by senior year. It is conceivable, though, to postpone Italian Elements to sophomore year. 

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 Italian elective course3
 4 7
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 6 3
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Italian elective3AS.214.3623
 6 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Italian elective (taught in Italian)3Italian elective (taught in Italian)3
 3 3
Total Credits 38

Honors in Italian

Students have the opportunity to earn honors in the major by successfully completing an honors senior essay. Italian majors who select this option may enroll, during either fall or spring semester of their senior year, in a for-credit independent study dedicated to the preparation of the honors senior essay.