Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science

Click here for L&S Undergraduate Catalogue information about Honors  - General

Taking a class for Honors

Student can choose to register for the course for honors credit. Students taking a course for honors should contact their instructor or professor as soon as possible at the very beginning of the semester to begin organizing the honors curriculum for the semester.

Students in the L&S Honors Program do not need permission to take a class for honors. Please note that students in the L&S Honors Program must take a minimum number of credits in designated honors sections. More information available here

Graduating with Honors in the Major

To graduate with honors, a major in Italian must register with the department advisor as an honors candidate and must complete the junior-senior honors curriculum with a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses taken at UW–Madison at the time of graduation. 

Italian 101 – 102

A student who wants to do the Honors option will meet with the instructor to discuss projects and activities to do in addition to the normal 101-102 homework and activities. Students need to write down the terms of the agreement in a sort of contract that will be given to the instructor as well as to the Course Chair before the beginning of the project.

Italian 101:

  1. Attend three screenings at the UW Cineteca OR attend 3 Italian Club events OR attend 3 campus lectures sponsored/approved by the Italian department. Meet with your instructor to present a short summary of the three films / events (who were the characters, what happened, what is your opinion on the films/events) in Italian (a 5 minute one-on-one oral presentation) OR record a video to share with your classmates on Learn@UW in which you present a short summary of the three films / events. You must also write a 3-4-page paper in English in which you describe what new or surprising information regarding Italian life/culture you learned from the films/events. NB: These extra-curricular events when attended for the honors project will NOT count towards extra credit points.
  2. Research a topic related to Italian literature, history, art, politics, music, or culture in general (preferably something that we discussed already in class). Meet with your instructor to present your findings in Italian (a 5 minute one-on-one oral presentation) OR record a video to share with your classmates on Learn@UW. Then write a 3-4-page paper in English in which you explain why you chose your topic (what drew you to it?) and what new or surprising information regarding Italian life/culture you learned in preparing this topic.

Italian 102:

  1. Attend three screenings at the UW Cineteca OR attend 3 Italian Club events OR attend 3 campus lectures sponsored/approved by the Italian department. Meet with your instructor to present a short summary of the three films / events (who were the characters, what happened, what is your opinion on the films/events) in Italian (a 5 minute one-on-one oral presentation) OR record a video to share with your classmates on Learn@UW in which you present a short summary of the three films / events. You must also write a 2-page paper in Italian in which you describe what new or surprising information regarding Italian life/culture you learned from the films/events. NB: These extra-curricular events when attended for the honors project will NOT count towards extra credit points.
  2. Research a topic related to Italian literature, history, art, politics, music, or culture in general (preferably something that we discussed already in class). Meet with your instructor to present your findings in Italian (a 5 minute one-on-one oral presentation) OR record a video to share with your classmates on Learn@UW. Then write a 2-page paper in Italian in which you explain why you chose your topic (what drew you to it?) and what new or surprising information regarding Italian life/culture you learned in preparing this topic.

Each student will write up an individual contract with the TA stating the following:

-       Specific descriptions of the activities the student will participate in and a deadline for the final product. OR A brief description of the topic of the project, sources to be examined, and deadline for the final product.

Copies of the agreed-upon proposal (which are signed and dated by the student) should be shared electronically with the TA, student, and course chair before work on the project begins.

Italian 203 – 204

A student who wants to do the Honors option will meet with the instructor to discuss projects and activities to do in addition to the normal workload of Italian 203 or Italian 204. Students need to write down the terms of the agreement in a sort of contract that will be given to the instructor as well as to the Course Chair before the beginning of the project.

Italian 203:

Attend 4 screenings at the UW Cineteca OR attend 4 total Italian Club events AND/OR campus lectures sponsored/approved by the Italian department. Meet with your instructor to present a short summary of the 4 films / events (who were the characters, what happened, what is your opinion on the films/events) in Italian (a 5-8 minute one-on-one oral presentation) OR record a video to share with your classmates on Learn@UW in which you present a short summary of the three films / events. You must also write a 4-page paper in Italian in which you describe both what you attended and what new or surprising information regarding Italian life/culture you learned from the films/events. NB: These extra-curricular events when attended for the honors project will NOT count towards extra credit points.

  • Research a topic related to Italian literature, history, art, politics, music, or culture in general (preferably something that we discussed already in class). Meet with your instructor to present your findings in Italian (a 5-8 minute one-on-one oral presentation) OR record a video to share with your classmates on Learn@UW. Then write a 4-page paper in Italian in which you explain why you chose your topic (what drew you to it?) and what new or surprising information regarding Italian life/culture you learned in preparing this topic. NB: This research project cannot be the same topic as the final oral exam project for Italian 203.

Italian 204:

  1. Attend four screenings at the UW Cineteca or watch 4 Italian films (chosen in consultation with the instructor) and write 4 analytical essays (2 pages each) in Italian based on the movies, with emphasis on cultural content. NB: Screenings at the Cineteca when attended for the honors project will NOT count towards extra credit points.
  2. Research a topic related to Italian literature, history, art, politics, music, or culture in general (preferably something that we discussed already in class). Meet with your instructor to present your findings in Italian (a 5-8 minute one-on-one oral presentation) OR record a video to share with your classmates on Learn@UW. Then write a 6-page paper in Italian in which you explain why you chose your topic (what drew you to it?), your overall findings, and what new or surprising information regarding Italian life/culture you learned in preparing this topic. NB: This research project cannot be the same topic as the final oral exam project for Italian 204.

Each student will write up an individual contract with the TA stating the following:

-       Specific descriptions of the activities the student will participate in and a deadline for the final product. OR A brief description of the topic of the project, sources to be examined, and deadline for the final product.

Copies of the agreed-upon proposal (which are signed and dated by the student) should be shared electronically with the TA, student, and course chair before work on the project begins.

 Italian 311 and above

Curriculum for honors level work in courses at the 311 level and above will vary depending on the instructor. 

To Graduate with Honors, students must:

 - Register as an honors candidate with a department honors advisor

- Take 16 honors credits beyond 204. Honors credit is generally available in all courses

- Complete the junior-senior honors curriculum in the department with a Major GPA of at least 3.5

- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses taken at UW-Madison at the time of graduation

- Complete a Senior Honors Thesis of 6 credits (Italian 681 and 682) or substitute two semesters of literature (6 credits) at the 600 level