Italian Studies Program

Director: S. Nedderman

Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary program aimed at imparting an understanding of Italian culture and competence in the Italian language. The Director of the Italian Studies Program is advised by a committee formed by the chairs or representatives of the departments that offer upper division electives for Italian Studies. Meetings of the advisory committee are called by the Director of Italian studies as needed.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Italian Studies includes one semester of participation in the Gonzaga-in-Florence program or comparable experience in Italy and a senior project (ITAL 498). Italian studies majors are required to take an upper division course in Italian during their fourth year regardless of credits earned.

Italian course description can be found under Modern Languages.

B.A. Major in Italian Studies: 36 Credits
or 22 credits at the 300 level and above
Lower Division Courses
ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I 3 credits
ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II 3 credits
ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I 4 credits
ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II 4 credits
Upper  Division Courses
One of the following two courses: 3 credits
    ITAL 301 Advanced Italian I
    ITAL 302 Advanced Italian II
Electives (Chosen from the list below or any Italian course(s) listed under Modern Languages.  Nine elective credits must be from courses taught in Italian.) 18 credits
ITAL 498 Senior Project 1 credit

Minor in Italian Studies: 26 credits
or 12 credits at the 300 level and above
Lower Division Courses
ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I 3 credits
ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II 3 credits
ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I 4 credits
ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II 4 credits
Upper Division Courses
One of the following four courses: 3 credits
     ITAL 301 Advanced Italian I
     ITAL 302 Advanced Italian II
     ITAL 306 Advanced Conversation
     ITAL 307 Conversational Approach to Contemporary Issues
Electives (Chosen from the list below or any Italian course(s) listed under Modern Languages.) 9 credits

The following courses may be applied toward electives for the major and minor in Italian Studies. No more than two courses can be taken from the same discipline (this doesn't apply to Italian courses.) Complete course descriptions can be found under departmental listings. Courses offered in Florence which are not offered regularly and are not on this list will need the approval of the Director of Italian Studies to be used toward the major and minor in Italian Studies.

COMM 480 Themes in Communication Studies
(could include, for example, a course on Rhetoric with an Italian content.)
ENGL 366 Themes in Literature
(could include, for example, a comparative study of modern English/American and Italian experimental writers.)
HIST 305/ITAL 363 The Roman Republic
HIST 306/ITAL 364 The Roman Empire
HIST 311/ITAL 366 Medieval Europe (in Florence only)
HIST 312/ITAL 367 Renaissance Europe (in Florence and Spokane)
VART 360 Flo Museum Studies (in Florence only)
VART 398 Roman Art and Architecture
VART 393 Modern Italian Art (in Florence and Spokane)
VART 397 Renaissance Art
VART 466 Flo/PHIL 472 Flo Philosophy of Art. (in Florence only)
ECON 404 Economic Integration - European Economic Community
ITAL 301 Advanced Italian
ITAL 303 Survey of Italian Literature I
ITAL 304 Survey of Italian Literature II
ITAL 307 Conversational Approach to Contemporary Issues
ITAL 308 Italian through Film (Florence)
ITAL 350 Italian Culture and Civilization
INST 380/HIST 324 Church and State in the Making of Italy
INST 379/HIST 339 Italy and Europe after WWII
INST 391/HIST 338 Fascist Italy
POLS 345 Machiavelli and the Romans
POLS 357 Italian Political System
SOCI 478 Social and Economic Development of Italy


The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of 59 to 62 credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first 31 credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining 28 to 31 credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
Students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire fours years at Gonzaga.

  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and  PHIL  400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
  4. Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above; NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 or 103H or 105 or 106.
  6. History (6 credits): HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112 in their first year. If they are unable to complete all six 100-level HIST credits in their first year, HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course after the first year.
  7. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.
  8. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
  9. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course in either MATH, CPSC, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or ITEC.
  10. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285).
  11. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.
  12. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the foreign language or Culture requirement..
  13. Social Justice (3 credits): One course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences; (may be combined with other core or major requirements).