Major and Minor

Students studying Italian at Villanova, in addition to satisfying the core language requirement at the intermediate level (1121 -1122), can also major or minor in the language. In the cordial environment of the Italian Division of the Romance Languages Department, students are encouraged and assisted in discovering different aspects of the Italian Language, Literature and Culture.

Majors and minors can earn some of their credits by studying in Italy for a summer or for a semester in Perugia or Milan. Students can earn six credits in the summer and up to fifteen credits in a semester-long program. Majors and minors, however, need to take at least 50% of their required courses at Villanova in order to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Italian from Villanova University. No A & S core requirements need be fulfilled by majors coming from Colleges other than Arts and Sciences.

Major in Italian

10 courses (31 credits) above the Intermediate level, including the following mandatory courses

  • ITA 1138 Advanced Grammar OR ITA 1140 Writing and Stylistics
  • ITA 2220 Literature and Culture I OR ITA 2221 Literature and Culture II
  • Any 2000 level course taught in Italian
  • ITA 3971 Research Seminar (1 credit added to any 2000 or 3000 level course)

Minor in Italian

4 courses above the intermediate level (1122) plus one RLL course taught in Englis

Additional Notes

  • Students may count for the ITA major and minor one RLL course taught in English, only if it has an ITA designation (RLL 3413)
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the Department's study abroad programs, or programs that the Department has previously selected and approved.
  • The RLL department will facilitate the ACTFL (American Council of Teaching of Foreign Languages) Italian proficiency certificate to all majors during their senior year. For more information, please contact the ACTFL test coordinator Dr. Cristina Percoco (
  • Once a course sequence begins, students may not revert to a lower level course (Enchiridion, p. 96)
  • After completing the placement test, students are required to register for the class where they have been assigned. Any changes must be discussed with the Italian Coordinator.

Honors Program

To qualify for the Italian Honors Program, students are required to maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.0 and an average of 3.4 or higher in Italian. Prospective candidates  must apply with the program director. Candidates for the Honors Program must complete a set of readings and write a short thesis on one or more of those readings. An oral examination by a faculty honors committee finalizes the process.

Note: The Department also offers literature courses in English translation. Such courses may be used to fulfill a Humanities elective; however, they may not be used toward credit requirements for a foreign language major or minor. An upper level literature course in any language taught in the Department may satisfy the advanced literature core requirement. At the same time, it may also count for the minor in a language.  However, it may not count for both the advanced literature requirement and the major in a language.