Italian Minor

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri offers a MINOR in ITALIAN AREA STUDIES.

In order to pursue a Minor in Italian Studies, students must have completed the foreign language requirement in Italian, which consists of 12 credit hours (two 6 hour/week courses) of Elementary Italian: ITAL 1100 (offered in the Fall semester) and ITAL 1200 (offered in the Spring semester).

The Minor in Italian Studies consists of 15 credit hours beyond Italian 1200.

9 credit hours must be obtained through the following mandatory course sequence:

  • ITAL 2160, Intermediate Italian (offered in the fall): prerequisite ITAL 1200, or the equivalent at a different academic institution.
  • ITAL 3150, Post-Intermediate Italian (offered in the spring): prerequisite ITAL 2160, or the equivalent at a different academic institution.
  • ITAL 3160, Italian Composition (offered in the fall): prerequisite ITAL 3150, or the equivalent at a different academic institution.

The remaining 6 credits may be obtained by enrolling in two of our elective courses in English. Elective course offerings vary from year to year. Consult the current course offerings on myZou and/ir in the Course Catalogue or contact an Italian faculty member for information for each academic year.

Students coming from a different academic institution or students who took courses abroad should contact an Italian faculty member before enrolling in any of our Minor courses taught in Italian. A placement exam may be administered in order to assess the student’s linguistic and cultural competence.

Elective courses may also be chosen among Italian-emphasis courses offered by other UMC Departments (e.g., Art History, History, Music) or other UMC programs. These courses are subject to approval by either Dr. Rita Cavigioli ( or Dr. Roberta Tabanelli (

Normally 9 hours must be completed in residence at MU. However, students are permitted to count 6 hours toward the Minor in Italian Studies from an officially sanctioned semester or yearlong foreign study program in Italy. 6 credit hours toward the Minor can also be earned in a summer study abroad program in Italy.