The major in Italian Cultural Studies requires students to spend one year in Italy and to complete 44 credits devoted exclusively to Italy-related study areas. A grade of at least a C- in IT 201 must be earned in order to take IT 202 , which is the first course that counts toward the major.
The courses taken as part of the major must cover at least three different areas from the following: Culture, Art History, History, Politics, Literature, Cinema, Music, and Economy.
Up to two courses total in English can be counted toward the Italian Studies major. These courses may be about Italian content. One linguistics course taught outside the department (in English) may count towards the major or minor. Only one course in English can be counted toward the minor.
In order to study abroad, students should have a minimum GPA of 2.7 or 3.0, depending on the site. Before departing, students must contact the adviser in Italian, in Glenside, to select courses. Students must spend at least a year in Italy in order to complete the major and their classes should be taken in Italian and not English.