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. Guidelines for completion of an Italian Studies major or minor may be obtained at the Literature Department office or from an Italian Studies adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study and Research Opportunities
- B.A., undergraduate minor
- Opportunities for study in Italy through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)
- Opportunities for study in Italy through UC campus-run programs
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 the 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 website.
- Advanced degree programs
- Business and economics
- Civil and government service
- Culinary and wine careers
- Health careers
- Hospitality and tourism
- International marketing
- International relations
- Museum work
- Social work
- Theater and music
These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.
The UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) allows students to study in Italy as part of their UC academic curriculum. Students receiving financial aid may apply their aid to a program abroad. A maximum of five elective courses from EAP’s study abroad may be applied toward the major; two EAP courses may be applied toward the minor.
Programs such as UC Davis Study Abroad and UC Berkeley Study Abroad offer additional opportunities for study abroad.
The UCSC Annual Dante Prize ($300) is awarded to a UCSC undergraduate who submits an outstanding essay on an aspect of Dante Alighieri and his writings. Essays are judged on the quality of critical interpretation, presentation of a strong argument, clarity, and style in the use of the English language. Dante (1265-1321) was an Italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher, and political thinker.
Awards, Honors, and Recognitions
Nirupama Chandrasekhar received the 2019-20 Dante Prize for her essay, "Dante's Odyssey."
Assistant Professor Filippo Gianferrari is the author of “‘Poca favilla, gran fiamma seconda’ (Par. i, 34): un proverbio d’autorità,” in Le Tre Corone 7 (2020), and “Ritornerò profeta: The Epistle of St. James and the Crowning of Dante’s Patience,” in Ethics, Politics, and Law in Dante (2019).
General Catalog Information
Department of Literature
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University of California, Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz, California 95064