Italian Literature and Philosophy

Students majoring in Italian may combine studies in literature and philosophy. Students take most of their courses alongside students from departments specializing in the intersection of literature and philosophy. The Italian and Philosophy major track requires a minimum of 16 courses, for a minimum total of 65 units, distributed as follows:
  • Italian Survey Sequence (ca. 12 units): ITALLIT 127, 128, 129.
  • Advanced Language Course (ca. 4 units): ITALLANG 114 and above.
  • Philosophy Writing in the Major (5 units): PHIL 80.
  • Philosophy and Literature Gateway Course (4 units): ITALGEN 81 (same as PHIL 81). This course should be taken as early as possible in the student’s career, normally in the sophomore year.
  • Aesthetics, Ethics, Political Philosophy (ca. 4 units): one course from the PHIL 170 series.
  • Language, Mind, Metaphysics, and Epistemology (ca. 4 units): one course from the PHIL 180 series.
  • History of Philosophy (ca. 8 units): two courses in the history of philosophy, numbered above PHIL 100.
  • Upper Division Italian Courses (ca. 12 units): at least three courses numbered ITALLIT/ITALGEN 100 or higher.
  • Related Courses (ca. 8 units): two upper division courses relevant to the student’s chosen area of specialization.
  • Capstone Seminar (ca. 4 units): to be selected from a set of seminars chosen by the undergraduate adviser of the program in philosophical and literary thought. This course must be taken in the student’s senior year.
The capstone seminar and the two related courses must be approved by both the undergraduate adviser of Italian and the undergraduate adviser of the program in philosophical and literary thought administered through the DLCL. No more than 24 units may be drawn from courses offered overseas.

Substitutions, including transfer credit, will not normally be permitted for items 5, 6, and 7, and are not permitted under any circumstances for items 3, 4, and 10. Up to 10 units of courses taken in the Philosophy department may be taken CR/NC or S/NS; the remainder must be taken for a letter grade.

Carolyn Springer
Carolyn Springer

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