Undergraduate Program

Learn Italian from scratch and explore the history, art, and culture of Italy, from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The Italian Language Placement exam can be taken at any time, preferably at the beginning of each semester. It has both written and oral components - please contact [email protected]edu to schedule.

 

It is quite possible to concentrate in Italian studies without having studied the language before coming to Brown, although doing so requires an early start. Having fulfilled the language requirement (Italian 0600), students will be able to enroll in a variety of advanced courses taught in Italian, reflecting the interdisciplinary scope of the program (including literature, history, history of art, film, media and culture). Students are strongly encouraged to take Italian Studies courses taught in English before fulfilling the language requirement.

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.

Concentrators are encouraged to expand their understanding of Italian language, history, or culture through independent research that will result in a thesis, a translation, or a multimedia project, developed in consultation with the undergraduate concentration advisor and a faculty member. The Honors thesis in Italian Studies is a two-semester thesis. A Capstone experience in Italian Studies would consist of a course or project that a student, in consultation with the undergraduate advisor, feels would constitute a culminating experience in Italian Studies at Brown. This could also include the Brown Program in Bologna, typically taken in the Junior year.