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Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the best tradition of the humanities. We offer courses in literature, culture, language, linguistics, media, film, opera, and Italian-Canadian studies. Our program also contributes to General Education at York University (in both Social Sciences and Humanities) in a significant way by offering courses on immigration, cinema and Italian culture. Students have the option of majoring or minoring in a BA program or in an iBA (International BA) program. In addition, Italian Studies offers a Certificate of Proficiency in Italian Language.

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad through our Summer Studies in Italy, an experiential education program with courses in Florence, Rome or Bologna. Graduates from Italian Studies have pursued successful careers as teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, bankers, health care and social servicesí professionals. Some have entered the political arena, the world of international business and trade, while others have continued their studies attaining MAs and PhDs in Italian Studies and also related disciplines such as comparative literature, education and sociology.

Students from other departments and faculties are encouraged to explore a double major or a minor in Italian Studies to enhance their degree and to give them the necessary tools to be successful in their future endeavours and career possibilities.

Please refer to our web site for more information about the Italian Studies program.

Italian Studies (BA)

This degree requires a full complement of language, literature and linguistics courses, most of which are taught in Italian. Students in this degree program may opt for a Specialized Honours BA, an Honours BA, an Honours Double Major, an Honours Double Major (Interdisciplinary), an Honours Major/Minor, or an Honours Minor.

Italian Studies (iBA)

This degree has the same requirements as the Honours BA in Italian studies and also includes an international component in which students take courses at one of our partner universities in Italy. Students entering this program must make an appointment with the program coordinator of Italian studies prior to enrolment.

Note: courses offered under “Individualized Reading” will be considered as part of the relevant linguistics or literature category. With the exception of real beginners, prospective students of Italian must complete a language placement questionnaire prior to enrolment in any Italian language course.

Specialized Honours BA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in natural science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the social science or humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in social science or humanities already taken

Major credits: students will take at least 54 credits in Italian studies, including the following:

(i) Core language requirement:

(ii) Core literature requirement:

(iii) Core linguistics requirement:

(iv) Other courses:

  • 30 credits (of which 12 credits must be at the 4000 level), as follows:
    • six credits in Italian linguistics (other than AP/IT 2100 6.00);
    • 12 credits in literature (other than AP/IT 2200 6.00), of which at least six credits must be from Group A and at least six credits must be from Group B;
    • six additional credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Honours BA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in natural science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the social science or humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in social science or humanities already taken

Major credits: students will take at least 42 credits in Italian studies, including the following:

(i) Core language requirement:

(ii) Core literature requirement:

(iii) Core linguistics requirement:

(iv) Other courses:

  • 18 credits (of which 12 credits must be at the 4000 level), as follows:
    • six credits in Italian linguistics (other than AP/IT 2100 6.00);
    • 12 credits in literature (other than AP/IT 2200 6.00), of which and at least six credits must be from Group A and at least six credits must be from Group B.

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits. (Note: students who are completing a double major or major/minor are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement.)

Honours Double Major BA

The Honours BA program described above may be pursued jointly with approved Honours Double Major degree programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit.

Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary (Linked) BA

The Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA Program described above may be pursued jointly with any Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Students must take at least 36 credits in Italian and at least 36 credits in the interdisciplinary program. Courses taken to meet Italian requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the interdisciplinary program. Students in these interdisciplinary programs must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, including at least 12 credits in Italian and six credits the interdisciplinary program. For further details of requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA programs.

Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit.

Major credits: students will take at least 36 credits in Italian, including the following:

(i) Core language requirement:

(ii) Core literature requirement:

(iii) Core linguistics requirement:

(iv) Other courses:

  • 12 credits, as follows:
    • three credits in Italian linguistics;
    • six credits in literature (other than AP/IT 2200 6.00);
    • any three additional credits at the 4000 level.

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.

Honours Major/Minor BA

The Honours BA program described above may be pursued jointly with approved Honours Minor degree programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.

Honours Minor BA

The Honours Minor BA program described may be combined with any approved Honours BA program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.

Minor credits: students will take at least 30 credits in Italian studies, including the following:

(i) Core language requirement:

(ii) Core literature requirement:

(iii) Core linguistics requirement:

(iv) Other courses:

  • six credits as follows:
    • six credits in Italian literature at the 4000 level from either Group A or Group B.

Note: at least six credits in the minor must be at the 4000 level.

BA: 90 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 90 credits that meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in natural science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the social science or humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in social science or humanities already taken

Major credits: students will take at least 30 credits in Italian studies, including the following:

(i) Core language requirement:

(ii) Core literature requirement:

(iii) Core linguistics requirement:

(iv) Other courses:

  • six credits as follows:
    • six credits in Italian literature at the 3000 or 4000 level from either Group A or Group B.

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 3000 level or above.

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Honours iBA: 120 Credits

Notes:

  1. The requirements are the same as for the Honours BA in Italian studies (42 credits).
  2. Students entering this program must make an appointment with the program coordinator of Italian studies prior to enrolment.

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in natural science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the social science or humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in social science or humanities already taken

Major credits: students will take at least 42 credits in Italian studies, including the following:

(i) Core language requirement:

(ii) Core literature requirement:

(iii) Core linguistics requirement:

(iv) Other courses:

  • 18 credits (of which 12 credits must be at the 4000 level), as follows:
    • six credits in Italian linguistics (other than AP/IT 2100 6.00);
    • 12 credits in literature (other than AP/IT 2200 6.00), of which six credits must be from Group A and of which six credits must be from Group B.

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.

In addition to the courses required for their major, students in the Honours iBA Program must fulfill the following requirements:

Required Course: AP/ANTH 2300 3.00 Intercultural Training Skills completed before the term or terms abroad. Note: This course is considered to be outside the major (even for ANTH students).

Language study credits: at least 18 credits in a modern language offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language. Up to six (6) language credits may be taken while the student is abroad. Such courses must be approved by the coordinator of the relevant language section in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

If a iBA student is fluent in a language, he/she will undergo an examination to test language proficiency by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. Students exempted from one or more of the language courses required for the degree must complete cultural courses related to that language.

Internationally-oriented credits: at least 9 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major.

International exchange: at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University’s exchange partners in Italy. Student should have completed AP/IT 2200 6.00 before departure or have obtained permission of the department.

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits. (Note: for the Honours iBA, courses taken outside the major to satisfy the language study requirement and/or the internationally-oriented course credits can also be used to satisfy the credits outside the major requirement. Students who are completing a double major or major/minor are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement.)

Honours Major/Minor iBA

The Honours iBA program in Italian studies described above may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.

Literature courses counting toward a degree in Italian studies are divided into two groups:

Group A: Pre-19th Century Literature

Group B: Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Italian Linguistics

Courses in Italian linguistics are:


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