Italian Studies

Introduction

Students interested in an interdisciplinary approach to Italian culture through the combined study of literature, history, politics, art history, music, and film are invited to pursue a major or minor in Italian studies. The guidelines for completion of the major or minor may be obtained at the Literature Department office or from Professor Cynthia Polecritti or Professor Deanna Shemek.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A.
  • Minor

Study and Research Opportunities

  • B.A., undergraduate minor
  • Opportunities for study in Italy through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)

Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

In addition to completing the courses required for UC admission, high school students planning to major in Italian studies at UC Santa Cruz should emphasize reading and writing skills in high school.

Information for Transfers

Transfer students are urged, though not required, to complete two years of college-level Italian language instruction or the equivalent before transferring to UC Santa Cruz.

All students who intend to transfer to UC Santa Cruz as juniors will find it helpful to complete courses satisfying campus general education requirements; California transfer students will find it helpful to complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) before coming to UCSC. See Major Requirements section for more information.

Transfer course agreements and articulation between the University of California and California community colleges can be seen on the ASSIST.ORG web site.

Careers

  • Advanced degree programs
  • Business and economics
  • Civil and government service
  • Culinary and wine careers
  • Education
  • Health careers
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • International marketing
  • International relations
  • Museum work
  • Social work
  • Theater and music
  • Translation

These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.

EAP

The Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study at more than 130 host universities and colleges in 40 countries as part of their regular UC academic program. Students receiving financial aid can apply their award to a program abroad. Up to five elective courses toward the major may be approved from UC EAP’s year-long study abroad in Italy. A maximum of two courses may be transferred toward the minor from EAP.

Department Website

General Catalog Information

Major Requirements

Each student must complete the lower-division language sequence (Italian 1-6, or equivalent). In addition, students are required to take 10 five-credit courses (one course may be lower division), including a core unit of five courses to be taken at UC Santa Cruz: two Italian literature courses, Italian 106 (Italian Culture Through Film), one course in Italian history, and one course in Italian art history. A course featuring the work of Dante is recommended. A minimum of five courses must be taught substantially in Italian or through Italian language texts read in the original. Five courses may be approved elective courses, which may feature Italy in a European or global context. Up to five elective courses may be approved from UC EAP’s year-long study abroad in Italy. All students must complete a senior seminar course focused on Italian literature, history, or art history. All students in the major must satisfy the Italian studies senior exit requirement by writing a senior essay focused on Italian literature, history, or art history. This essay may be produced within an approved seminar, or (with faculty permission) by enrolling in a one-credit senior exit course in conjunction with another upper-division course in Italian literature, history, or history of art and visual culture. This combination must be approved by a faculty advisor in Italian studies.

Minor Requirements

Each student must complete the lower-division language sequence (Italian 1-6, or equivalent). Students must also complete five upper-division courses in Italian studies: two Italian literature courses, Italian 106 (Italian Culture Through Film), one course in Italian history, and one course in Italian art history. A course featuring the work of Dante is recommended. Three of the five upper-division courses must be completed at UC Santa Cruz; three must be taught substantially in Italian. A maximum of two courses may be transferred from EAP.

More Information

Department of Literature
Humanities 1, Room 303
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
(831) 459-4778

italianstudies.ucsc.edu
litdept@ucsc.edu