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Italian/Italian Studies (B.A.) (two subjects)

Are you interested in Italy, its language and its culture? Do you want your career focus to be in this area? The Italian Studies degree programme at the University of Göttingen offers numerous chances in relation to this. Here, you can not only learn the Italian language, but also pursue studies in Italian linguistics, literature and Regional and Cultural Studies to a high academic and didactic level. The subject is interdisciplinary and internationally connected and has a variety of foci to match each student's interests.

Programme name: Italian/Italian Studies (B.A.) (two subjects)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard duration of studies: 6 semesters
Start: Winter semester only
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the summer semester 2018:

  • 1st subject semester: start of studies in the winter semester only
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): start of studies in the winter semester only (application to International Student Office)

Subject description
The Bachelor's programme Italian/Italian Studies aims to give students the abilities they need to independently conduct scientific work. They will learn to differentiatingly and correctly apply the acquired language tools of the foreign language orally and in writing. The students will acquire extensive and sound knowledge of the language, the literature as well as the economic, political, social, cultural and historical conditions of Italian speaking countries and regions. They will learn to describe and apply this knowledge with the help of scientific methods. Furthermore, they will acquire basic knowledge of foreign language acquisition and foreign language teaching.

Subject areas, research foci in Göttingen
Italian is the Romance language selected the most often by students aside from French and Spanish. Within Lower Saxony Italian can only be studied in Osnabrück and Göttingen.

The subject areas of this programme are language practice, literature, linguistics and Italian regional studies.

Language practice
The three learning objectives of language practice concentrate on the following: Students shall acquire a balance of the four basic skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening). The activity and communication-oriented approach plays an important role here. An additional objective is the training and fostering of autonomy in the learning process: For this purpose, two language practice modules have self-study units (for example for listening comprehension). The last and perhaps most important learning objective is an intercultural competence that should enable the students of Italian Studies to adequately approach the targeted country in its complexity. Language practice in the Bachelor's as well as in the Master's programme is strongly occupation-oriented. This means that students are put into the position of having to handle the most different demands of today's job market. This includes a university career path or an area in business, tourism or culture management.

The learning objectives of linguistics are found in the scientific as well as the neighbouring application area. Courses give students knowledge on the results of linguistic research of Italian in the structural-grammatical area as well as in the context-independent and historical area. The goal is to enable students to independently work with modern linguistic methods. Independent analysis of linguistic structures and functions are conveyed with regards to later possible fields of occupation. The communication sector (Internet, text optimization, intercultural communication) also plays an important role.

Students will become familiar with the history of Italian culture and literature from its beginnings in the 13th century through its cultural flourishing up into the 21st century. Students will additionally be introduced to different methods of textual interpretation and theories of literary science which they will learn to apply independently. Since the knowledge of the Italian culture is absolutely necessary in many occupational fields, the study of literature helps students to adequately and elegantly manoeuvre in the Italian society and business world.

Regional studies
Students will acquire basic knowledge of history, economics, politics, society and culture of modern day Italy. The subject area cooperates with the Department of Medieval and Modern History, which has a Chair with a focus in Modern Italian History. Speeches and lecture series are regularly organised. The knowledge of the history of Italy aims to enable students to analyse and understand the modern social structures in their historical correlations of origin. All courses in regional studies include research questions of understanding a foreign culture. Foci in Regional Studies are: fascism and resistance, Judaism and persecution of the Jews in Italy, film analysis (Neorealism, films of current directors, the filming of literary works etc), the role of the woman in and outside of the family as seen in a historical perspective, etc. All courses pertaining to regional studies are held in Italian.

Possible/recommended profiles
The combination of the subject Italian Philology with Art History or Economic Sciences is suggested due to its occupational perspectives.

Occupational fields
Graduates of the BA programme in Italian/Italian Studies will find many occupational possibilities in areas pertaining to the Italian language and culture, whether it be in the area of cultural management (museums, cultural events, international cooperation, journalism etc.) or in the tourism or economic branch (Germany has been Italy's most important trade partner for decades).