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Italian Studies

To study Italian is not only to acquire a language, but also to study a rich literature and many-sided culture which have played an important, and sometimes dominant, role in Western civilization. For Canadians, the Italian contribution bears a special significance: the vast influx of Italians has brought changes in our way of life and a living presence to reinforce traditional Italian influences, thus enriching the meaning of the term Canadian. Italian combines well with other modern languages and literatures, and other programs such as European Studies, Literature and Critical Theory, and Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies, but is by no means restricted to these.



  • Italian (specialist, major and minor options)
  • Italian Culture and Communication Studies (minor)


Guidelines for students who wish to begin the study of the Italian language at the university level:

ITA 100Y1 - Italian Language for Beginners – An introductory course for students with no previous knowledge of the Italian language.  Not open to students with grade 11 and/or 12 U or M Italian or with previous experience, exposure or instruction in Italian.

ITA 250Y1 - Intermediate Italian – The subsequent course for students who have completed ITA 100Y1 or ITA151Y1.

This course is also open to students who have completed Grade 11 and/or 12 Italian (U or M level) or with previous experience or instruction in Italian.  For this group, the Department may conduct assessment to determine appropriate placement.

The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course appropriate to their level of language skill.


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