Advising

For advising, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Gabriella Colussi Arthur at gcolussi@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 Ext. 23094. Email preferred.

Advising FAQs

Why can't I directly enrol in Italian language courses, as I would in other courses?

When you attempt to ADD an Italian language course for the very first time, but cannot, you will see the message,

"The course has not been added. The spaces in this course are reserved. Please contact the department for further information."

Similar information is provided on Course Timetable site, located in the NOTES column, as follows:

"Placement questionnaire required prior to enrolling, otherwise course access denied. Please contact the department at 416-736-5016, Ross S561."

Both these messages mean that you require permission to enrol. In order to be granted permission, please contact our departmental office staff at 416-736-5016, Ross South 561.

If I've already completed a YU Italian language course, do I have to re-take the questionnaire?

No. If you have already completed an Italian language course at YU, for example, IT 1000, then the enrolment system will automatically recognize you as a continuing student with the appropriate prerequisite. You will not require a new questionnaire. You may enrol directly from any computer.

How do core courses work?

The Course Calendar provides detailed information for both the Italian Studies and Italian Culture degrees.

If you need more information, contact the Department of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics.

Can you give me an example of the Course Calendar?

Once you consult the degree options site, you'll find it's very simple. Here's an example of the Italian Culture degree:

ITALIAN CULTURE degree*

*Consult the Course Calendar for complete details.

(i) Core culture requirement:

18 mandatory core credits as follows:

  • AP/IT 2751 9.0 (cross-listed to: AP/HUMA 2751 9.0) Aspects of Italian Culture
  • AP/IT 4750 6.0 Modern Italian Culture (in translation)
  • AP/IT 4775 6.0 Media and the Idea of Italy

(ii) Additional culture courses:

  • 12 credits chosen from the Italian culture courses list (see below).

(iii) Language requirement

  • Students must satisfy a six credit requirement in Italian language, normally IT 1000.

How do prerequisites work?

The Course Calendar provides detailed information for both our Italian Studies and Italian Culture degrees.

However, here are prerequisites tables for our current courses:

ITALIAN LANGUAGE
  • IT 1000 6.0. None. Consult department for permission to enrol.
  • IT 2000 6.0. Yes. IT 1000 or equivalent. Consult department for permission to enrol.
  • IT 3000 6.0. Yes. IT 2000 or equivalent. Consult department for permission to enrol.
ITALIAN STUDIES
Literature

IT 2200 6.0
Gateway to Italian Literature: Love, Society and the Individual
Group A: Pre-19th Century Literature

  • AP/IT 4300 3.0 Italian Renaissance Literature
  • AP/IT 4330 3.0 The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri
  • AP/IT 4400 3.0 Orlando Furioso: Renaissance Bestseller

Group B: Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries

  • AP/IT 3550 6.0 19th-Century Italian Literature
  • AP/IT 4620 6.0 20th-Century Italian Poetry
  • AP/IT 4651 3.0 Landmarks of Modern Italian Narrative: 1900 to 1950
  • AP/IT 4652 3.0 Modern and Contemporary Italian Narrative: 1950 to the Present
ITALIAN STUDIES
Linguistics

IT 2100 6.0
Introduction to Italian Linguistics
  • AP/IT 4180 3.0 Selected Topics in Italian Linguistics
  • AP/IT 4190 3.0 History of the Italian Language

What's the difference between Group A and Group B?

The course calendar provides the full list of Group A and B courses. Here's a quick view of our current courses:

Group A: Pre-19th Century Literature
AP/IT 4300 3.0 Italian Renaissance Literature
AP/IT 4330 3.0 The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri
AP/IT 4400 3.0 Orlando Furioso: Renaissance Bestseller

Group B: Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries
AP/IT 3550 6.0 19th-Century Italian Literature
AP/IT 4620 6.0 20th-Century Italian Poetry
AP/IT 4651 3.0 Landmarks of Modern Italian Narrative: 1900 to 1950
AP/IT 4652 3.0 Modern and Contemporary Italian Narrative: 1950 to the Present

Does the Italian program offer any Foundations 9.0 credit courses?

Yes. There are three crosslisted courses currently available:

  • AP/IT 2751 9.0 /Aspects of Italian Culture
    (Crosslisted to: AP/HUMA 2751 9.0)
  • AP/IT 2761 9.0 Italian Cinema, Literature and Society
    (Crosslisted to: AP/HUMA 2761 9.0)
  • AP/IT 2791 9.0 Italians in North America: Migration, Immigration, and Beyond
    (Crosslisted to: AP/SOSC 2960 9.0)

Are there any Italian courses available as electives?

Absolutely, there are a number of such courses.

One example is our Florence and Rome, Summer in Italy courses, which may be taken as electives, as long as they end in –01. Those ending in –00 are intended for Italian Studies majors.

Consult our course descriptions page for detailed information.