Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Italian (ITLN)

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a medial and a minor in Italian. Depending on your Plan, you will expand your language skills and be introduced  to the main concepts of Italian culture and literature.

Taking a minor in Italian, you will have an opportunity to go to Italy and immerse yourself in the language and culture. A travel bursary is available to help you financially with your study at an Italian university.

Knowledge of Italian is very important in today’s world. Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, robotics, shipbuilding- just to name a few! Italian can be tremendously beneficial- especially in music, art, and classical studies- and complementary with your major Plans.

ITLN Medial

 ITLN Medial is currently under academic review. No students will be admitted in the Plan in 2017-18.

ITLN Minor

ITLN Minor

Consists of 30.0 units as described below. The Plan, in combination with a Major Plan in another subject, and with sufficient electives, will lead to an Honours Bachelors Degree.

CORE COURSES (12.0 units):

A. 6.0 units from (ITLN 111/3.0 and ITLN 112/3.0) or ITLN 101/6.0
B. 6.0 units in ITLN 204/3.0 and ITLN 205 /3.0

 OPTION COURSES (18.0 units):

A. 18.0 units from ITLN, ITLN_Options

NOTES: The courses chosen must not duplicate work already completed either in university or pre-university study. If a student enters the program with advanced language/grammar knowledge or speaks Italian at the near-native level, the student is exempted from taking the language and grammar core courses noted in 1A and 1B. These would be replaced with ITLN options.

Options in the Italian Minor/General Plan:
ARTH 213/6.0; ARTH 214/3.0; ARTH 215/3.0; ARTH 312/3.0; ARTH 345/3.0; ARTH 347/3.0; ARTH 358/3.0; ARTH 359/3.0; ARTH 369/3.0; ARTH 370/3.0; CLST 201/3.0; FILM 305/3.0; FILM 303/3.0; HIST 255/3.0; LLCU 110/3.0; LLCU 111/3.0; LLCU 200/3.0; LLCU 201/3.0; LLCU 214/3.0; LLCU 301/3.0; LLCU 316/3.0; LLCU 320/3.0; LLCU 339/3.0; MUSC 286/3.0; MUSC 287/3.0; MUTH 232/3.0;  SPAN 316/3.0.

Please note: In courses offered through other Departments students have not guaranteed enrollment priority, in accordance with Academic Regulation 2.5 (Access to Classes).  Access to these courses may only be made available during the September Open Enrollment period, and then only if space permits.

Courses with significant Italian content may be approved for inclusion in this degree program with permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

If you have no previous knowledge of Italian, ITLN 111/3.0 is the right place to start. If you have an OAC or equivalent in Italian, ITLN 204/3.0 is the right place. If you have some knowledge of Italian thanks to travel or family connections, it may be appropriate for you to start with ITLN 112/3.0, i.e., half way through the first year course. If you are in this situation, you should speak to a faculty member in order to have your level evaluated.

If you decide to minor in Italian, you should be enrolling (upon completion of the two semesters of Introductory Italian) in ITLN 204/3.0 and ITLN 205/3.0. These courses will expand your grammatical knowledge and help you  comprehend, evaluate, and apply the principles of the language to construct more complex sentences and phrases using a range of expressions and idioms, verbally and written. You will acquire an intermediate level in language proficiency.

Courses at 300-level will expand your reading and writing skills in Italian.  You are required to take two survey courses of Italian literature (ITLN 331/3.0 and ITLN 332/3.0), as well as can choose from upper level ITLN Option specialized topics courses including Pirandello's Theatre (ITLN 357/3.0), Dante (ITLN 415/3.0) or European Romanticism (ITLN 432/3.0).  The upper level ITLN courses are taught in English concurrently with an LLCU course (of the same title, content and instructor) and students read the texts and hand in their assignments, tests and exams in Italian.  You can also choose courses with Italian content in other departments, including Art History, Film Studies or History.