Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Italian - Degrees & Policies

Acceptance Information

In order to be accepted into the Italian major, a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses or their equivalents (ITA 101- ITA 102; ITA 104, ITA 151-ITA 152) are ordinarily required.

In order to be accepted into the Italian minor, a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses or their equivalents (ITA 101- ITA 102; ITA 104, ITA 151-ITA 152) are ordinarily required.

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor

Advisement

Meeting with a departmental faculty advisor is strongly encouraged before students begin to pursue an Italian major or minor. These advisors - who are also professors of some of the department's courses - can answer important questions about program requirements, course offerings, study abroad, and they can also help students map out projected plans of study.

For questions regarding all Italian courses from the 200-level and higher or the Italian B.A. and minor, students should schedule an appointment during the fall and academic semesters using the link on the department's webpage for majors and minors. At all other times they should write to rll-info@buffalo.edu or call the department main office at 716.645.2191.

Questions regarding 100-level courses (ITA 101, ITA 102, ITA 104, ITA 151, ITA 152) should be directed to Dr. Paola Ugolini (716.645.0865; ugolini@buffalo.edu).

Academic Requirements

The department has a residency requirement: all students must complete at least 50% of required credits for a major or minor through Italian coursework at a local UB campus. This means that a maximum of 50% of credits awarded due to exams (AP, IB, etc.) or earned from transfer courses with passing grades (including study abroad) may be applicable to required Italian coursework and credits. Departmental review may be necessary. If students have questions, they should consult a departmental faculty advisor or the department's website (rll.buffalo.edu). The following chart explains the credit breakdown:

Total Credits Required Total credits to be fulfilled for the residency requirement
Regular major 24 12
Joint Major 21 12
Minor 12 6


Graduation requirements for the regular Italian major also include completion of eight courses: one at the 200 level and seven at the 300/400-levels, all with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Among these courses, the following are required: ITA 207 and ITA 322.

Graduation requirements for the double major are the same as those for the regular major.

A joint major exists for students who are interested in two fields of study but who find that completion of all requirements for regular majors in both fields is not possible. Department graduation requirements for the joint major include completion of one course at the 200-level and six courses at the 300/400-levels (21 credit hours), all with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. The student must complete the same required courses in the Italian program for the regular major (ITA 207, ITA 322). In addition, the student must complete the joint major requirements for the other selected department. For the university's policy on the joint major, see Major Requirement under University Degree Requirements.

Graduation requirements for completion of the Italian minor include completion of one 200-level and three 300/400-level courses, all with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Among these courses, the following are required: ITA 207 and ITA 322.

See also University Degree Requirements.

Italian - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses (see below) or their equivalents.

Advising Notes

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the 200-level through the 300/400-level courses is necessary for degree conferral.

The joint major is reduced by one less 300/400-level elective.

Prerequisite Courses

ITA 101 Elementary Italian 1st Semester*
ITA 102 Elementary Italian 2nd Semester*
ITA 104
ITA 151 Intermediate Italian 1st Semester*
ITA 152 Intermediate Italian 2nd Semester*

*Appropriate level is based on placement and/or previous education, training, or experience, unless exempted. For clarification, contact Dr. Barbara Avila-Shah at 716.645.2191; bia@buffalo.edu.

Required Courses

ITA 207 Italian Conversation and Composition
* ITA 322 Advanced Italian Grammar, Composition, and Conversation
Six additional 300/400-level electives
* ITA 322 also fulfills the UB Curriculum Communication Literacy 2 (CL2) requirement

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.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Prerequisites** 16
Requirements 24
Total Credits Required for Major** 40
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 49
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


**This total may vary depending on previously earned credit-bearing work (e.g., transfer courses, AP) or placement due to previous study/experience; please contact the department with any questions.

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 (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Italian BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Appropriate level is based on placement and/or previous education, training, or experience, unless exempted. For clarification, contact Dr. Paola Ugolini (716.645.0865; ugolini@buffalo.edu).

For Italian majors the foreign language and depth requirements are fulfilled by major courses.

For students wishing to study abroad, different sequences of requirements should be reviewed in advance; see the Study Abroad section earlier in this program description for contact information.

Italian - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses (see below) or their equivalents is required.

Prerequisite Courses

ITA 101 Elementary Italian 1st Semester - ITA 102 Elementary Italian 2nd Semester*, or ITA 104 Transitional Elementary Italian*, or equivalent preparation.
ITA 151 Intermediate Italian 1st Semester - ITA 152 Intermediate Italian 2nd Semester*, or equivalent preparation.

*Appropriate level is based on placement and/or previous education, training, or experience, unless exempted. For clarification, contact Dr. Barbara Avila-Shah at 716.645.2191; bia@buffalo.edu.

Required Courses

ITA 207 Italian Conversation and Composition
*ITA 322 Advanced Italian Grammar, Composition & Conversation
Two additional 300/400-level ITA electives
*ITA 322 also fulfills the UB Curriculum Communication Literacy 2 (CL2) requirement

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.

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Prerequisites**16
Requirements 12
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate** 28


**This total may vary depending on previously earned credit-bearing work (e.g., transfer courses, AP) or placement due to previous study/experience; please contact the department with any questions.

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

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.

Appropriate level is based on placement and/or previous education, training, or experience, unless exempted. For clarification, contact Dr. Paola Ugolini (716.645.0865; ugolini@buffalo.edu).

For students wishing to study abroad, different sequences of requirements should be reviewed with in advance; see the Study Abroad section earlier in this program description for contact information.

Advising Notes
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the 200-level through the 400-level courses is necessary for successful completion of the minor.

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39