Dec 05, 2023  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Italian Studies Minor

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The Italian Studies minor will offer students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Italian language and culture. Students will achieve intermediate proficiency in the Italian language while pursuing electives on Italian cultural topics in fine art, philosophy, Classics, history, theology, and/or other disciplines. A study abroad experience in Italy is highly encouraged in order to perfect students’ language skills, and courses taken while abroad will count towards the minor.


21 credit hours


9 credit hours

  • ARTS 271 History of Art II: Renaissance - Present
  • CLAS 102 Ancient Mediterranean Civilization: Rome
  • CLAS 160 From Romulus to Octavian
  • CLAS 161 From Augustus to Attila
  • CLAS 262 Roman Archaeology
  • HIST 138 Francis: The Making of a Saint
  • PHIL 351 Italian Philosophy
  • PHIL 352 Bacon and Machiavelli
  • PHIL 378 Vico
  • THEO 257 Franciscan Spirituality
  • THEO 270 New Testament and Politics
  • THEO 318 Women and Early Christianity

Courses taught during Xavier’s Summer Program in Rome:

  • ARTS 112 The Aesthetic Experience: Rome in Film
  • ARTS 113 Art in Rome
  • EDEC 300 Studies in Early Childhood
  • ITAL 258 Language and Culture in Italy
  • PHIL 200/351 Italian Philosophy
  • PHYS 124/125 Our Universe: In the Beginning
  • PHYS 126/127 Science in Art and Architecture
  • THEO 244/344 Early Christianity in Rome


  • If students place into a higher level of Italian language coursework, they may complete the Italian Studies minor by pursuing courses counting for no fewer than 15 total credit hours.
  • The electives for the minor will be approved by the Italian Language Section Coordinator and by the Chair of the Department of Classics and Modern Languages.

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