Italian Studies


Admission Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0, calculated on all Simon Fraser University courses that are applied to a minor, is required for successful completion of the program. 

Curriculum Requirements

Students will have to complete 12 lower division units and a minimum of 15 upper division units to obtain the Minor in Italian Studies.

Lower Division (12 units)

The following required courses are taken in sequence:

ITAL 100 - Introductory Italian I (3)

ITAL 101 - Introductory Italian II (3)

ITAL 200 - Intermediate Italian I (3)

ITAL 201 - Intermediate Italian II (3)

Upper Division (15 units)

Two required courses:

ITAL 300 - Advanced Italian: Language and Culture (3)

ITAL 400 - Topics in Italian Literature: Contemporary Prose, Poetry and Theatre (4)

And two of the following courses:

ENGL 377 - Field School I (4) *

ENGL 378 - Field School II (4) *

HUM 311 - Italian Renaissance Humanism (4)

HUM 312W - Renaissance Studies (4) **

HIST 402 - Renaissance Italy (4)

HIST 433W - Italian Films, Italian Histories (4) ^

HIST 445 - Problems in Modern Italian History (4)

Note: Some of the above courses have specific prerequisites and it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all prerequisites are met for upper division courses listed in the program. 

* When the location is Italy

** When the topic, issue, or personality is from the Italian Renaissance

^ With special permission from the History Department

Course Exemptions

Exemption from 100 division Italian language courses may be granted up to a maximum of 6 units on evidence of language proficiency. Students who hope to gain course exemption must consult with the program coordinator. Students will be required to complete the equivalent number of exempted units from the following list of courses:

HUM 101W - Introduction to the Humanities (3)

HUM 161 - Latin I (3)

HUM 162 - Latin II (3)

WL 100 - What is World Literature? (3)

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures (3)

Transfer Credits

Approved transfer credits for Italian courses completed at another post-secondary institution (subject to University transfer credit regulations) may be obtained up to a maximum of 6 units. 

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

For students in other Faculties, please check your Faculty's overall degree requirements:

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements




W - Writing


Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative


Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth


Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci


Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.