Gateway Courses by Major/Minor

Italian Studies

Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into Italian Studies Major/Minor

Most first-year students begin their study of Italian at UVM.  Those who have studied Italian in high school should consult with one of our Italian faculty for recommended placement.

Most students place into one of the following courses:

ITAL 001 Elementary I
Fundamentals of Italian composition, comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, reading, writing. Structure of the basic Italian sentence. No prior knowledge expected. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

ITAL 002 Elementary II
Continuation of 001. Prerequisite: 001 or equivalent.  Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

ITAL 051 Intermediate Reading and Conversation I
Designed to help students move from a basic knowledge of Italian to the ability to read, speak, and understand Italian better. Some grammar review and short compositions. Prerequisite: 002 or equivalent. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

ITAL 052 Intermediate Reading and Conversation II
Continues building on the skills developed in 051. Less stress on grammar review. Reading selections and compositions are longer and more sophisticated than in 051. Prerequisite: 051 or equivalent. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

100-Level Italian Courses

Those with particularly strong high school experience may even be able, on advice of one of our Italian faculty, to enter directly into our 100-level curriculum by taking ITAL101 (Reading and Writing Workshop) or another 100-level course as recommended by an Italian faculty member.  All 100-level courses count for the major. 

Students interested in Italian are encouraged to combine their Italian language studies with other UVM courses focusing on Italian art, history, and culture.  Consult the description of the Italian Studies major to see which courses of this type can be applied to the major. Current courses relating to Italy can typically be found by consulting the European Studies course listings.

Contact Information

Cristina Mazzoni, Chair
Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics
Phone: (802) 656-3196
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