Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

The Italian Major

Students must complete 30 credit hours in Italian courses above M100-M150, including at least:

  1. 7 credit hours in fourth-year courses
  2. One 3 credit, fourth-year course taken on the Bloomington campus, exclusive of M495
  3. 25 credit hours must be earned by completing courses taught in Italian; the remaining credit hours may be earned by completing courses taught in English offered through the Italian program (FRIT-M courses)
  4. At least 18 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level
  5. A minimum of 18 credit hours on the Bloomington campus

Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For students at IU who began prior to Summer 2013

The requirements for the Italian Major changed Summer 2013. Students who began the major prior to the change can elect to follow the previous major requirements: 27 credit hours in Italian above M100/M150, or 25 credit hours above M100-M150 after successful completion of M215, including at least 7 credit hours in fourth-year courses, and one 3 credit, fourth-year course taken on the Bloomington campus exclusive of M495. These older major requirements do not allow any courses taught in English to be counted for the Italian major.

Why major in Italian?

Italian majors pursue careers in a variety of fields including education, business, computer programming and web design, law, public relations, journalism, telecommunications, arts administration, publishing, library science, politics, or public and environmental affairs to name but a few. Some students also use their language skills in order to enter government employment or the military. In all cases, students report back to us that their training in Italian significantly enhanced their professional and academic opportunities. Italian is spoken by 55 million people in Italy and 62 million people throughout the world. Italy has the 7th largest economy in the world and is a major political force in Europe.

Declaring an Italian Major

Students wishing to declare a major in Italian are required to meet with our Italian advisor, Professor Massimo Scalabrini.

Massimo ScalabriniProfessor Massimo Scalabrini
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Italian; Associate Professor of Italian
mscalabr@indiana.edu | (812) 855-8044 | Ballantine Hall 634
Contact Prof. Scalabrini for advice on Italian courses and information about transfer credits. Email or call to make an appointment.