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Italian: Language & Literature Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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The program provides training in Italian language, literature and culture. Students may also study abroad in Italy. Most upper-division courses are taught in English and satisfy general education requirements. Options are offered in literature and Italian studies. Each option requires students to complete ITAL 202 as a prerequisite to upper-division courses.

Major Details

College: College of Humanities
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 3
ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II 4
Math 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
4th Semester
ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II 4
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
ITAL 301 Advanced Italian Conversation 3
ITAL 302 Advanced Italian Composition 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
ITAL 310 Spoken Italian in Cultural Context 3
ITAL 320 Written Italian in Cultural Context 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
ITAL 410 Italian Fiction/Film 3
ITAL 420 Italian Civilization 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
Language and Literature II 3
Language and Literature II 3
Minor 3
Minor 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from an Italian major in the Language and Literature concentration of Italian reading, composition, and conversation skills, as well as of Italian history, culture, fiction, and film, forms a strong career foundation. Graduates may work in interpretation, written translation, education, communications, business, or cultural promotion. This major also prepares students for graduate study in Italian, comparative literature, museum studies, or linguistics.Italian, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Some of the career areas and job titles below may require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Translation
  • Education
  • Business
  • Cultural promotion
  • Historic preservation
  • Tourism
  • Intelligence
  • Communications

Sample Employers

  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Businesses
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Courts
  • Travel/tourism boards
  • Airlines

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Italian Teacher, Secondary $35,000 - $53,200
Italian Instructor, Postsecondary $33,800 - $59,100
Translator $22,900 - $43,300
Book Conservator $22,320 - $36,660
Historic Preservationist $25,670 - $54,530
Tour Guide $30,000 - $60,000
Court Interpreter $21,000 - $62,000
Passenger Service Agent $17,000 - $45,000
Advertising Copywriter $21,000 - $48,000
Communications Specialist $40,000 - $85,000
International Relations Officer $24,680 - $86,750
Foreign Correspondent $28,162 - $43,292