Undergraduate Program


Language requirements

Students who choose Italian to fulfill the language requirement must complete ITA 2220 or the equivalent. All students graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences must fulfill this requirement; selected majors in other colleges may also have a language requirement. Students who enter the university with no previous Italian fulfill the requirement by completing ITA 1120-1121 (or ITA 1110-1111) and 2220. Each course carries 4 credit hours for a total of 12 hours for the entire sequence.

Exemption & placement

A student who has taken any college Italian at another institution must continue the sequence at Florida State University at the nearest equivalent level through ITA 2220 to fulfill the language requirement. A student who has taken Italian in high school and has never enrolled in any college Italian class may exempt the first levels of college Italian through departmental placement.

Departmental placement

After one year or less of Italian in high school the student is advised to enter ITA 1120 or 1110. After two years of study, the student is advised to enter ITA 1121 or 1111. After completing three years, the students may enter ITA 2220, and after three years, the student may enter ITA 2240 or a course on the 3000 level. If the student received a grade of C or below in the last high school course, or if the last course was two or more years ago, the student is advised to begin the sequence one level lower.

Note: Native speakers may be exempt from the language requirement. Contact Mary LePoer in the Modern Languages' Undergraduate Office at (850)644-2606.

Undergraduate Italian courses

Language Courses Check your FSU GENERAL BULLETIN for prerequisites before enrolling in the following courses. Starred (*) courses may not be taken by native speakers.

  • ITA 1120/1121 Elementary Italian I, II (4 hours each).*
  • ITA 1110/1111 Elementary Conversational Italian I, II (4 hours each).*
  • ITA 2220 Reading and Conversation (4).*
  • ITA 2240 Conversation (3).
  • ITA 3420 Grammar and Composition (3).
  • ITA 3421 Grammar and Composition (3).
  • ITA 3440 Business Italian (3).
  • ITA 3941 Directed Individual Tutorial Practice (3).
  • ITA 4410 Advanced Italian Conversation (3).
  • ITA 4450 Advanced Italian Composition and Style (3).
  • ITA 4500 Italian Culture and Civilization (3).
  • ITA 4905 Directed Individual Study (3).
  • ITA 4930 Special Topics (3).
  • ITA 4935 Honors Work (3).
  • ITA 4942r Internship in Applied Italian (1-6)

Italian Literature in Translation (Taught in English)

  • ITT 3430 Masterpieces of Italian Literature in Translation (3).
  • ITT 3500 Italian Culture and Civilization (3).
  • ITT 3501 Modern Italian Culture: Unification to Present (3).
  • ITT 3520 The Italian-American Experience in Lit & Film (3).

Italian Literature (Writings)

  • ITW 3100/3101 Survey of Italian Literature: Origins through 18th Century; 19th and 20th century (3 hours each).
  • ITW 4400 Renaissance Literature (3).
  • ITW 4440 18th and 19th Century Literature (3).
  • ITW 4480 20th Century Literature (3).
  • ITW 4481 Readings in Contemporary Italian Prose (3).
  • ITW 4700 The Trecento Writers (3).

Italian Film

  • ITW 3391r Italian Cinema (3).


Twelve (12) semester hours in courses numbered above 1999. Credit extended in meeting the foreign language requirement for graduation may not be used in satisfying the minor.


Thirty (30) semester hours numbered above 2220 are required including ITA 2240, 3420, ITA 3421, at least one 3000-level literature course in Italian (ITW 3100, ITW 3101) and a minimum of twelve semester hours at the 4000-level. A maximum of six semester hours from among the following course work may count toward he thirty semester hour requirement: ITT 3430, ITT 3500, ITT 3501, ITT 3520. ITW 3391r also may be counted toward the major and minor in Italian. A minor is required.

Honors in the Major

Students are encouraged to graduate with honors where possible. Requirements include a 3.2 grade point average for entrance into the program, completion of six hours of honors research, and the writing of an honors thesis.

Co-Major in Another Foreign Language

Twenty-one (21) semester hours in Italian courses numbered above 1999, selected in consultation with the Italian advisor, plus twenty-one (21) semester hours above the 1999 level in one of the following divisions: Chinese, French, German, Linguistics, Russian or Spanish. The student should consult with the advisor of the second language to select appropriate courses. One second year course must be used to satisfy the College or University language requirement. A co-major in Italian will not require a minor.

Major in Italian with Business Concentration

A major in Italian with a concentration in Business may be selected. The program consists of twenty-one (21) semester hours beyond the A & S language requirement, plus twenty-seven (27) hours of designated courses in the College of Business. The student should consult with an advisor to select courses. No minor is required.

Business Core Courses:
  • ECO 2013 - Economics of the National Economy (Prerequisite - none)
  • ECO 2023 - Economics of the Price System (Prerequisite - none)
  • ACG 2021 - Introduction to Financial Accounting (Prerequisite - none)
  • ACG 2071 - Introduction of Managerial Accounting (Prerequisites - ACG 2021 with grade of C- or more)
  • MAN 3600 - Multinational Business Operations (Prerequisites ECO 2013, ECO 2023)

Plus one of the 3 following specialized tracks:

  • FIN 3403 Financial Management of the Firm (Prerequisites - ECO 2023, ACG 2021)
  • FIN 3244 Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance (Prerequisites - ECO 2013, ACG 2021)
  • FIN 4604 Multinational Finance Management (Prerequisites - FIN 3403, FIN 3244)
  • Plus one of the following (3 cr): MAN 4605, or MAN 4631, or an advanced Finance course (3000-4000 level)
  • MAR 3023 Basic Marketing Concepts (Prerequisites - ECO 2023, one behavioral science)
  • MAR 4156 Multinational Marketing (Prerequisites - MAR 3023, MAN 3600)
  • Plus two of the following (6 cr): MAN 4605, or MAN 4631, or an advanced marketing course (3000-4000 level)
  • MAN 3240 Organizational Behaviors
  • MAN 4605 Cross-Cultural Management (Prerequisite - MAN 3240)
  • Plus two additional advanced Management courses (3000-4000 level)

Total Business component: 27 semester hours

Concentration in Teacher Certification

For teacher certification in the state of Florida, students are NOT required to complete any education courses, just your major in Italian plus a minor (if required) through the College of Arts and Sciences. You can then qualify for a Temporary Florida Educator's Certificate. While teaching, you can learn the professional education competencies to qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. See complete information on the Department of Education website:www.fldoe.org/edcert


A list of Italian tutors is available from the Modern Languages Undergraduate Office, 364 Diffenbaugh (850) 644-2606.

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