Director of Undergraduate Studies - Italian
Department of French & Italian
1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific
person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?
Students who wish to do honors work in Italian should contact the
departmental honors advisor. Feel free to contact the departmental honors
advisor through email. The departmental honors advisor coordinates the
program and handles administrative details. Students work on an honors
thesis or project with the faculty member of their choice. Currently,
there is no honors committee. Interested students should speak with a
faculty member and contact the Honors Advisor for additional information.
2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program? How
are students recruited for your program? May students recommend themselves?
Students eligible for honors work normally have a cumulative GPA of
3.3 and an average of 3.5 in Italian. Faculty recommendations and
student motivation are also important. Students should contact the
honors advisor, who will facilitate faculty contacts, unless the
student already has a faculty advisor. The department encourages
faculty to discuss the honors program with students capable of
does a student graduate with honors from your department?
Students wishing to earn an honors degree in Italian may wish to begin
their language study by enrolling in the accelerated elementary and
intermediate course sequence M115-M215. Upon completion of the basic language sequence, or as
the result of a placement examination, honors students will complete
the normal requirements for an Italian major. They may choose to
enroll in M495 to explore possible topics for a thesis. Students
planning to earn an honors degree in Italian are expected to enroll
in M499 Reading for Honors and to prepare an honors thesis
during the senior year. Faculty advisors help the student determine the
nature of the project and the requirements for completing it. It is
conceivable a student might undertake a project that would require an
advisor from more than one department. The department has not established
detailed requirements for the program as a whole.
Foreign study and travel are strongly encouraged for honors students, and
credit may be earned for intensive study or research projects done abroad.
Interested students should explore the options with the honors advisor and
with the Office of Overseas Studies.
4. Are there departmental resources available to support internships or
research projects related to the senior project?
At this time the department has no resources for undergraduate research.
Nonetheless, Honors College students and students with outstanding records
may apply for grants to defray costs of studying or doing research abroad
through the International Experiences Program (IEP). Students who may
require funding to complete the research for their honors project are
encouraged to apply for Honors College research grants. Both of these
programs are competitive. Funding for teaching internships is also
available. For additional information, see the department honors
5. How might the work required for an honors degree be particularly
beneficial in future endeavors?
Writing an honors thesis helps students to develop confidence in their
own research, learning and analytical skills. The skills learned in
researching and writing a
thesis are valuable for graduate and professional study as well as for a
broad range of careers,
especially for those where processing and handling information of
different kinds in an analytical fashion is crucial.
6. What are the advantages for students who pursue the honors degree
compared to a regular degree in your area?
The Honors Program in Italian offers talented majors the opportunity to
take an active role in their own learning and to pursue their interests
in depth. Advantages include working closely with faculty mentors;
learning how to conduct independent research; gaining a deeper knowledge
of the topic; and developing more sophisticated skills of analysis and
communication. More prestige is doubtlessly attached to honors courses and
honors degrees by graduate and professional schools as well as by some