In order to be accepted into the Italian major, joint major, or minor, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall, and must complete prerequisite courses ITA 151 and ITA 152 (unless these are waived on the basis of placement results), earning a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all Italian coursework. Students who have taken no Italian before coming to UB will need to complete ITA 101 and 102 before enrolling in ITA 151. Students who have studied some Italian but who need a refresher course will need to complete ITA 104 before enrolling in ITA 151.
Graduation requirements for the Italian major (and the double major) consist of completion of one 200-level course and seven 300- or 400-level courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Among these courses, the following are required: ITA 207 and ITA 322.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the 200-level through the 400-level courses is necessary for successful completion of the major.
SUNY Seamless Transfer Path
SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to facilitate transfer from one SUNY campus to another (including UB). SUNY has identified courses which SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and promote timely graduation. Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to learn how their coursework will apply to their degree.
The department’s residency requirement stipulates that at least 50% of required credits for a major or minor be completed via Italian courses taken on campus. Thus a maximum of 50% of credits earned by exams (AP, IB, etc.) or transfer courses or study abroad may count toward Italian requirements, although this restriction does not prevent counting them as general electives towards UB’s 120 credit hour graduation requirement. The following chart explains the credit breakdown:
| || Total Credits Required || Total credits taken on campus to fulfill the residency requirement |
| Regular Major ||24 ||12|
| Joint Major ||21 ||12|
| Minor ||12 ||6|
ITA 151 Intermediate Italian 1st semester
ITA 152 Intermediate Italian 2nd semester
Students who have taken no prior Italian classes should enroll first in ITA 101 Elementary Italian 1st Semester, followed by ITA 102 Elementary Italian 2nd Semester, before undertaking the prerequisite courses.
Students who have had only one or two years of high school Italian, or who have not studied Italian in several years, should instead prepare by taking ITA 104 , a one-semester refresher course which prepares students for ITA 151. In contrast, students who do not need the introductory, refresher, or intermediate courses may, with the permission of the Department, begin immediately at the 200 level. Students should consult the RLL website for placement guidelines and e-mail the Department with any questions.
ITA 207 Italian Conversation and Composition
ITA 322 Advanced Italian Grammar, Composition, and Conversation (which also fulfills the Communication Literacy / CL2 requirement)
Six additional 300- or 400-level electives
Note: Three courses for the major may fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway requirement through the Language and Culture track. Alternatively, courses for the major may help fulfill the Global Reflection track or the International Experience track of the Global Pathway. Please use the Pathfinder tool to learn more about sequences and options.
Departmental Honors are awarded to graduating students on the basis of their GPA.
|Requirements ||24 |
|Total Credits Required for Major**||30|
|Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum ||31 |
|Additional Credits Required for Electives ||59 |
|Total Credits Required for Degree ||120|
**These totals may vary depending on the level at which the student begins study at UB. Students demonstrably prepared to begin at the 200 level are deemed to have satisfied the prerequisites, and for them the total credits required for the major are thus 24 rather than 30, and the credits from electives should then add up to 65. In contrast, a student who has never taken Italian will take 16 hours of prerequisites rather than 6. The total credits required for the major for such students will be 40, and the number of hours of electives will be 49.
See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.