Italian Studies: Italian with a cultural attitude!


The minor in Italian consists of a minimum of 15 units taught in Italian, nine units of which must be in upper division Italian courses. Any course taught in English needs department approval to apply to the minor requirements.

Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the major, but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and general education requirements, if applicable. A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University.

Students who minor in Italian are strongly encouraged to participate in the California State University International Programs (CSU-IP) and other approved study abroad programs in Italian-speaking countries.

Outcome 1. Demonstrate intermediate to advanced/B1-B2* level proficiency in Italian in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. 

Outcome 2. Identify key cultural issues, including ethnic, class, gender and sexual diversity in Italy and the diaspora, and discuss them within their historical, socio-economic, political, and geographical contexts.

Outcome 3. Analyze and interpret creative works in literature, film, music, and other arts and media in their historical, sociopolitical, and transcultural contexts.

Outcome 4. Research Italian sources, synthesize the findings and present the results in oral and written form.

*ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines.

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