Graduate Program (MA) in Italian Studies

ADMISSIONS

REQUIREMENTS (for general University requirements and for information on how to submit an online application, see http://modlang.fsu.edu/Graduate-Studies): BA in Italian or equivalent; complete and acceptable ("good standing") academic transcripts; GPA (of last two baccalaureate years) of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale; GRE scores; departmental approval, consisting of the collective appraisal of the program faculty. The application is then submitted to the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for appropriate action.

FINANCIAL AID

Graduate students in the Italian MA program are eligible for teaching assistantships as well as for funding from the Ada Belle Winthrop-King Memorial Fund, which offers a large range of graduate awards and funding. These include funding for summer study, conference, and research funds, such as the Winthrop-King Summer Graduate Scholarship in Italian. This award is open to graduate students majoring in Italian who are seeking support for a research project or for language development in Italy during the summer semester. For the most recent information, click here.

MA DEGREES AND REQUIREMENTS

The MA in Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary program with core courses in Italian correlated with graduate courses from related area(s) of interest. Related areas might include: Art, Art History, Classics, Communications, Economics, English, Film, History, Humanities, Interior Design, International Affairs, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Theatre, Urban and Regional Planning. To qualify for a MA degree under this program, the student must complete a minimum of thirty-two (32) semester hours of course work. At least twenty-one (21) of these hours must be taken on a letter-grade basis. The core courses in Italian will include three (3) semester credit hours in Italian Culture and Civilization (ITA 5505), and six (6) semester hours of credit in Italian literature or language courses at the 5000 level or above.

MA Comprehensive Examination is based on courses taken by the candidate and on the MA reading list. In the minor or related field(s), questions will be on course work only. Members of the examining committee will be appointed by the graduate adviser. MA examination questions are expected to elicit substantive critical essays. Questions will be written within a period of eight hours (normally in two periods of four hours on consecutive days). An oral examination, approximately one week after the written portion, is required when the candidate has failed one or more sections of the written examination.

It is the student's responsibility to register for ITA 8966 Comprehensive Examination during the regular registration period. In the semester the student expects to receive the degree, it is also the student's responsibility to make an application for graduation within the first two weeks of the term and to make all necessary arrangements with the Graduate Program Coordinator concerning his/her diploma, fees, degree clearance, etc.

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