Italian Studies

Basic Requirements: 12 half-courses

  1. Required courses:

    1. One of the following half-courses on Dante: Literature and Arts A-26, Italian 123, Italian 130a, Italian 130b, Italian 130c, or equivalent.

    2. A maximum of three upper-level or advanced half-courses in language: Italian 33, 35, 36, 40, 44, 48, 50, or 60. Note: Must be passed with a grade of B or better. See language proficiency requirement below. Courses taken outside Harvard may be substituted upon approval from the undergraduate adviser in Italian. Concentrators who demonstrate advanced language proficiency on entering the concentration should take additional half-courses in Italian literature in lieu of advanced half-courses in language.

    3. A minimum of four half-courses in Italian literature numbered 80 and above. Must include Italian 97 (or equivalent) and a minimum of two Italian half-courses at the 100 level or above other than those listed in 1a. At least one of the 100-level courses must be in Italian.

    4. Up to four half-courses in related fields. These include courses in anthropology, the Core Curriculum, the Program in General Education, English, government, history, history of art and architecture, linguistics, etc. One course in another Romance language or Latin may be counted as a related field. The undergraduate adviser in Italian must approve all courses to be counted as related fields.

  2. Tutorial: Sophomore year: Italian 97 (one term) required. Small-group instruction. Letter-graded. May be substituted with an equivalent 100-level course, with the approval of the undergraduate adviser in Italian.

  3. Thesis: Not required.

  4. Other information:

    1. Pass/Fail: Courses taken for concentration credit may not be taken Pass/Fail.

    2. Language requirement: Concentrators must demonstrate advanced proficiency in Italian. Advanced proficiency may be demonstrated by a perfect score (800) on the SATII or Harvard Placement Test, or a score of 5 on the Italian AP, or by completion of one advanced language course (Italian 40, 44, 48, 50, or 83) with a grade of B+ or higher, or by passing an oral competency examination administered by the undergraduate adviser in Italian. Concentrators are expected to demonstrate advanced oral and written language proficiency by the end of the junior year.

    3. Combining Italian with one or two other Romance languages and literary traditions: See Romance Studies track described below.

    4. Freshman Seminars: With the approval of the undergraduate adviser, up to one Freshman Seminar, for which the student has received a Satisfactory evaluation, may be counted in category 1c.

Italian Studies
Requirements for Honors Eligibility: 14 half-courses

Honors candidates must take one term of Italian 98: Junior Tutorial with weekly one-on-one instruction. This will count toward the requirement listed in item 1c of Basic Requirements.

In addition to the Basic Requirements, honors candidates are required to take two terms of Italian 99 (graded SAT/UNS) and complete a thesis. A thesis proposal is made by the honors candidate and approved by the undergraduate adviser in Italian in conjunction with other faculty members and members of the tutorial board in the spring term of the junior year.

Also, at the end of their senior year, normally during the Reading Period in May, all honors candidates must take a three-hour written examination, as well as an hour-long oral examination.

Italian Studies
Joint Concentration Requirements

Upon approval from the undergraduate adviser in Italian, honors candidates may combine a concentration in Italian Studies with a concentration in another department significantly related to some aspect of Italian literature or culture. Ordinarily, only students with a strong concentration GPA and a clearly formulated project bridging the two disciplines will receive approval. In recent years, programs in Italian and Anthropology, Italian and Linguistics, Italian and Literature, and Italian and History of Art and Architecture have all been approved. During the senior year, completion of an honors thesis is required, as are written and oral general examinations in Italian. A total of six half-courses in Italian Studies, in addition to the senior thesis, is required of joint concentrators:

  1. Required courses:

    1. Literature and Arts A-26 or Italian 123, 130a, 130b or 130c.

    2. One half-course at the 40-60 level in Italian. May be replaced by a more advanced course for students who demonstrate a high level of linguistic proficiency in Italian.

    3. Sophomore Tutorial: Italian 97 or equivalent.

    4. Junior Tutorial: Italian 98, or equivalent.

    5. Two half-courses in Italian at the 100-level or above, or equivalent seminar, other than Italian 123 or 130a, b, or c.

    6. Senior Thesis: Either two semesters of Spanish 99 or the senior thesis tutorial in the related department.

For further information, please consult the undergraduate adviser in Italian.