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Italian BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 11.04 ITALIAN, CIP: 16.0902 Italian Language and Literature)

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620

Dr. Amy C. Graves Monroe

Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Italian BA Program

Academic Requirements

In order to be accepted into the Italian major, joint major, or minor, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 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 2.500 in all Italian coursework. Students who have taken no Italian before coming to UB will need to complete ITA 101 and ITA 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 2.000. Among these courses, the following are required: ITA 207 and ITA 322.

Academic Advice

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the 200-level through the 400-level courses is necessary for successful completion of the major.

Transfer Credit Policy

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.

Residency Requirement

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

Prerequisite Courses

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.

Required Courses

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 Requirements

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Italian BA degree
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 prepared to begin at the 200 level are deemed to have satisfied the prerequisites, and for them the total credits required for the major have 24 rather than 30, and the credits from electives then add up to 65. A student who has never taken Italian will take 16 hours of prerequisites. The total credits required for the major for such students will be 40, and the number of hours of electives will be 49.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Oct 13, 2020 13:05:53