It is quite possible to concentrate in Italian without having studied the language before coming to Brown, although doing so requires an early start.
Having fulfilled the language requirement (Italian 600), students will be able to enroll in a variety of advanced courses taught in Italian, reflecting the interdisciplinary scope of Italian Studies at Brown (including literature, history, history of art and culture). Students are strongly encouraged to take Italian Studies courses taught in English before fulfilling the language requirement.
The concentration requires that students demonstrate proficiency in the Italian language by completing up to Italian 600 (or the equivalent in Bologna). Italian 400 is the first language and culture course that counts toward the ten required courses for the concentration. At least five of the ten courses should be taken in Italian.