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Italian - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies (code RGR_BA09) (120 units)

This program offers two concentrations: Italian Language and Culture and Interdisciplinary Italian Studies. Regular consultation with advisors is highly recommended.

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad through the CSU International Programs: they can spend from an intensive summer to an entire academic year in Florence and study either at the CSU center and/or at local academic institutions earning credits toward the degree. In addition, the program internship opportunities at Italian and Italian-American institutions in the area.

Once students have met the first- and second-year general language requirements, in the third year they take a common set of core courses in the target language. In the fourth year they choose between the two concentrations: students intending to earn the teaching credential select Italian Language and Culture; students interested in a more interdisciplinary approach select Interdisciplinary Italian Studies. Both tracks share a common core.


The student must complete a minimum of 49 units as approved by Italian Studies Advisors.

One year of a second foreign language is required for the first concentration (Italian Language and Culture).

Lower Division:

Competency in the Italian Language (16 units of lower division Italian).

  • Take all of the following:
    • ITAL 101A Fundamentals of Italian (4)
    • ITAL 101B Fundamentals of Italian (4)
    • ITAL 201A Intermediate of Italian (4)
    • ITAL 201B Intermediate of Italian (4)

Some of these courses may be waived for students who have completed sufficient high-school Italian or have proved intermediate-level proficiency. Native speakers of Italian may not enroll in ITAL 101A,B or 201 A,B.

Upper Division (minimum 33 units):

  • Basic Core (24 units):
    • ITAL 310 Introduction to Analysis of Italian Literature (3)
    • ITAL 312A Advanced Italian I (3)
    • ITAL 312B Advanced Italian II (3)
    • ITAL 314 Advanced Italian Conversation (3)
    • ITAL 335 Survey of Italian Literature I: Middle Ages-Eighteenth Century (3)
    • ITAL 336 Survey of Italian Literature II: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (3)
    • ITAL 340 Italian Civilization (3)
    • ITAL 482 The Building of the Italian Nation (3)
  • Concentration I - Italian Language and Culture
    • Electives (9 units): ITAL 411, 414*, 454, 462, 473, 490, 494, 499.
      • One year of a second foreign language.
      • * Candidates who intend to teach Italian language are required to take ITAL 414.
  • Concentration II - Interdisciplinary Italian Studies
    • Electives (9 units): AH 423, 424; C/LT 330A**, 330B**, 422I, 430, 432, 449**; HIST 332; ITAL 411, 414, 454, 462, 473, 490, 494, 499; MUS 436**; RGR 314I, 315I, 346I.
      • **Accepted only when syllabi include a good amount of Italian texts.

Electives and Other Courses

Close work with the advisor will enable majors in Italian Studies to design a comprehensive study plan for their entire CSULB experience and for life-long learning. General Education courses and electives should be chosen carefully to coordinate with the major.

Minor in Italian (code RGR_UM02)

This minor can be taken in conjunction with any other major. The minor in Italian is open to any non-Italian major.


Minimum of 18 upper division units.

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • ITAL 312A Advanced Italian I (3)
    • ITAL 312B Advanced Italian II (3)
    • ITAL 314 Advanced Conversation (3)
  • Take 9 units chosen from the following courses:
    • ITAL 310, 335, 336, 340, 411, 414, 454, 462, 482, 490, 494, 499.

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Italian (code 154)

Completion of Concentration I (Language and Culture) of the Italian major meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Italian. Prospective students should consult the undergraduate Italian Advisor and the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program Advisor early to plan their program.

In addition to meting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective teachers of Italian are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.


  • Same as for the major in Concentration I (Italian Language and Culture) of the Italian Program.