Italian

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

The master’s degree program in Italian studies requires that the candidate have a bachelor’s degree with a major in Italian or demonstrate equivalent knowledge. A Master of Arts in Italian studies may be awarded en passant to the Ph.D provided that the student fulfills the requirements described below.

The program requires thirty-six semester hours of coursework, which may include one three-hour upper-division undergraduate course approved by the graduate adviser. Students must take at least twenty-four semester hours of graduate coursework in Italian literature, cinema, and culture offered by the Italian graduate faculty of the Department of French and Italian, and six to nine graduate-level semester hours in a supporting subject or subjects in another program, department, or college. Italian studies students must take Comparative Literature 385French 381M , or another graduate course on critical or literary theory approved by the graduate adviser. Students must also demonstrate reading competence in one foreign language other than Italian by earning a grade of at least B in a reading course approved by the graduate adviser, in a second-year college language course, or on an examination approved by the graduate adviser.

Doctor of Philosophy

Several courses are required of all doctoral candidates; information about them is available from the department. An examination committee is formed for each candidate; with the graduate adviser, the committee oversees the student’s progress and eventually administers a comprehensive examination based on coursework and reading lists.

Although the doctoral degree is not awarded on the basis of a specific number of courses or semester hours of credit, six courses (or eighteen semester hours) beyond the master’s degree are usually required. With the approval of the graduate adviser, one of these courses may be an undergraduate course that satisfies the requirement for proficiency in a foreign language other than Italian. With the help of the graduate adviser, each student is expected to design an individual course of study and define a primary subject and supporting subject(s) of study. The graduate adviser must approve the student’s selection of courses; at least nine hours of coursework must be in one supporting subject. Students must also demonstrate reading competence in a foreign language other than Italian by earning a grade of at least B in a reading course approved by the graduate adviser, in a fourth-semester college course, or on an examination approved by the graduate adviser.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2017.

Miroslava M Benes
Douglas G Biow
Paola Bonifazio
Daniela Bini Carter
Joseph C Carter
John R Clarke
Penelope J Davies
Andrew F Dell'Antonio
Robert A Desimone
Alison K Frazier
Luisa Nardini
Guy P Raffa
Wayne A Rebhorn Jr
Cinzia Russi
Circe D Sturm
Rabun M Taylor
Maurizio Viroli
Louis A Waldman
Hannah C Wojciehowski