Course Sequence - Honours BA with major in Italian Language and Culture

The Bel Paese has it all: art, fashion, fast cars, Dante, dolce vita, cinema and popes! By enrolling in the Italian program, students can learn not only about Italian language and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, but also about the fascinating Italian heritage of North America. Students can visit Italy and practise speaking the language through our Italian summer program and our study-abroad programs. More than 60% of the world’s art treasures are found in Italy. By enrolling in our Italian courses, students can partake in this ancient tradition as well as in modern-day Italian culture.

Students in this program will not only learn the Italian language but also understand Italian cinema, literature, fashion and other aspects of Italian culture, and acquire tools to help them enter the workplace.

This program is ideal for students who want to discover the world and learn Italian at the same time. It includes a mandatory immersion stay abroad in an Italian-speaking university, where students are immersed in the language and will be required to take at least 12 credits-worth of courses. A mobility scholarship to help cover the cost of travel and stay is available.


The Italian Language and Culture program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Honours BA with Major in Italian Language and Culture


  • Minor in Italian Language and Culture

Language of instruction

The language courses are taught in Italian. Other courses are offered in either English or French.


Mastering a foreign language is an important asset in the business sector and in the public service. These programs lead to careers in the diplomatic service, foreign affairs, tourism and teaching.

What can I do with my studies?

(  is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for graduates with a background in Italian Language and Culture.




1 This course has variable topics. Students may take this course twice
Mandatory requirement: Immersion stay abroad
A minimum of 12 credits will be taken abroad in a university where Italian is the language of teaching and study. The University of Ottawa will establish ITA course equivalencies.
The foreign university and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will establish jointly a bank of courses from which students will choose the credits to take.
Eligibility requirements:
1) must have completed ITA3911 and( ITA1113 or ITA2113)
2) must have a minimal cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.5;
3) must not be on probation;
4) must take a minimum of 12 credits or the equivalent abroad.
Students Student will be eligible for a student mobility scholarship of $2000.

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100 Workshop in Essay Writing

3 credits from:
PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking
PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments

3 credits from:
AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
ENG1120 Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
ENG1121 Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
3 credits from:
AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
PHI1102 Moral reasoning
PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions
PHI1104 Great Philosophers
PHI1302 Philosophy : Themes and Texts




First program

Major in Italian Language and Culture

42 credits

(14 courses)

ITA1911 Elementary Italian I
ITA1912 Elementary Italian II

ITA2911 Intermediate Italian I
ITA2912 Intermediate Italian II

3 credits from:
ITA1113 Italian Cinema
ITA2113 Italian Culture

ITA3911 Advanced Italian I
ITA3912 Advanced Italian II

6 optional course credits in Italian (ITA) at the 4000 level

9 optional course credits in Italian (ITA)
6 optional course credits in Italian (ITA) at the 3000 level

Second program

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)


30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.
Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.
Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.


24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:

  • In the major option, students must take 24 electives (8 courses).
  • In the minor option, students must take 36 electives (12 courses).

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