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Italian Literature Major

Welcome to the Italian Literature undergraduate page.  Here you will find the major and minor requirements, contact information, career planning and study abroad resources and quarterly-updated information like:

  • Italian Literature major checklist
  • Student and department event announcements
  • Quarterly course information and highlights

You will also find the Faculty Advisor for the Italian Literature major, which changes annually.  Your faculty advisor will be available to assist you with such issues as academic progress, research opportunities and career paths within your field.

2017-2018 Faculty Advisor
Professor Stephanie Jed

Major Requirements (for students entering UCSD Fall 2017 or later)

Italian Literature major checklist
  1. Nine upper-division courses in Italian literature as follows:
    1. LTIT 100, Introduction to Italian Literature
    2. LTIT 115, Medieval Studies
    3. LTIT 161, Advanced Stylistics and Conversation
    4. One course in Italian North American Culture
    5. Five additional upper-division courses in Italian literature taught in Italian
  2. Secondary Language & Literature: Students will satisfy this requirement by completing the lower-division course sequence in a language other than Italian, through a designated terminal lower-division course.
    1. Intensive Language Track:  Students will also be able to choose to complete an intensive track, which will be noted on the their transcript.  Students who would like to earn this notation will complete the lower-division language sequence, as well as two upper-division literature courses in the language.  Students who would like to pursue the intensive track should consult with an advisor to see how that path will affect their upper division requirements.
  3. Upper-division electives chosen from Department of Literature offerings to make a total of twelve upper-division courses.

Major Requirements (for students that entered UCSD prior to Fall 2017)

Italian Literature major checklist
  1. Nine upper-division courses in Italian literature as follows:
    1. LTIT 100, Introduction to Italian Literature
    2. LTIT 115, Medieval Studies
    3. LTIT 161, Advanced Stylistics and Conversation
    4. One course in Italian North American Culture
    5. Five additional upper-division courses in Italian literature taught in Italian
  2. Three courses in a secondary literature, that is, a literature taught in a language other than Italian. At least one of these courses must be upper division. Special studies courses (198s and 199s) and courses in foreign literatures taught in Italian do not apply to the secondary literature requirement. 
    1. It is highly recommended that Italian Literature majors choose English as their secondary literature.  By taking three upper division LTEN courses, both the secondary literature requirement and the upper division literature electives requirement are complete.
  3. Upper-division electives chosen from Department of Literature offerings to make a total of twelve upper-division courses.

How to switch to the new 2017 requirements

Students that entered UCSD prior to Fall 2017 are allowed to either follow their existing requirements or switch to the new 2017 major requirements.

If you are considering changing to the new 2017 requirements:

  1. Review the new major requirements in the "Major Requirements (for students entering UCSD Fall 2017 or later)" section above.
  2. Consult with a Literature Department faculty member to determine which requirements would be the best preparation for your future goals.  One faculty member we encourage you to talk to is the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  3. Visit us in the Literature Office (Room 110, Literature Building) during walk-in advising, where an advisor will prepare the necessary paperwork for you to review and sign.
  4. Once the paperwork is signed and filed, we will update your degree audit to reflect your new requirements.
NOTE: Switching to the new requirements means a complete switch.  No partial changes in requirements will be permitted.

Minor Requirements

Seven LTIT courses, at least four of which must be upper-division.  Lower division courses that may be applied to the minor: LTIT 2A, 2B and 50.  All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade.  You can declare an Italian Literature minor (LT35) on TritonLink, using the Major/Minor Tool.

Course Information

Tips for Transfer Students

Before you transfer...

  • Check Assist, the official source for articulation and student transfer information. You will see how your lower division courses will transfer to UCSD. 
  • This major does have an Italian language requirement, so students are highly recommended to start taking courses in Italian language as early as possible.
  • We are happy to assist any students who are planning to transfer to UCSD.  If you would like guidance prior to transferring, please email us at litprospective@ucsd.edu or call us at 858-534-3210.

After you transfer...

  • Please check your transfer record on TritonLink . Are all the courses you took listed? Are the UC San Diego equivalent courses listed beside the courses you took? If you took a course and it does not appear on your TritonLink record, please contact the Admission's Office for corrections. 
  • If you took a course that does not appear on Assist and you think it is equivalent to one of our courses, you can file an undergraduate student petition with the Literature Department for review. We will be happy to go over that process with you if you have any questions.
  • Once you've received all possible UCSD credit for your transferred coursework, you are ready to make an academic plan.  Our Academic Advisors are happy to help you with this during our walk-in advising hours.
    • YOU SHOULD BE ENROLLED IN AN ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSE IN YOUR FIRST QUARTER AT UCSD.  If you need assistance determining which course is appropriate, please call us at 858-534-3210..

Study Abroad for Your Major

Italian Literature majors are highly recommended to study abroad!  Aside from being an amazing experience, study abroad coursework can be applied to your major requirements (and actually decrease your time to graduation, if planned right)!  Italian Literature majors may apply up to 5 upper division courses from study abroad to their major requirements, and Italian Literature minors may apply up to 3 upper division courses to their minor.  Learn more about study abroad opportunities:

Careers in Literature

Students who major in Literature pursue a wide array of career paths.  UCSD and the Department of Literature have many resources to aid you in your career exploration and development:


Alumni Highlight:


Italian Literature Alumni - Kristen Barnhisel

Kristen Barnhisel, ’93

Italian Literature

Winemaker, White Wines at J Lohr Vineyards and Wines

Barnhisel has spent over two decades earning a reputation for her winemaking acumen and her versatility working with an array of grape varieties. After studying Italian literature at UC San Diego, Barnhisel became one of the first women, and first Americans, to work harvest season for Ruffino in Italy. In addition to her role as winemaker, white wine, for J. Lohr, Barnhisel serves as a director for the American Society of Viticulture and Enology.

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