Global Italy

Overview

Global Italy is an Italian Studies track designed for International Studies majors who are interested in developing in-depth knowledge of Italian language, literature, and society with specific focus on Italy’s political culture in a trans-historical and transnational perspective. Students have the possibility to double major or major/minor in International Studies and Italian.

From being the core of the Roman Empire to its impact on today’s food culture worldwide, from the ambitious courses charted by its many explorers across the oceans to its outstanding role in artistic culture well beyond its borders, Italy’s very nature has always been global. With its complex and multifaceted history, which has always been deeply influenced by its peculiar geography, Italy has lived – and is still living – many lives. Sitting at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, the peninsula has been the home of a number of different populations across the ages. The often-conflicting interactions of Italy’s inhabitants have fostered both turmoil and splendor. The many facets of Italian history, which affect in many ways the relatively recent existence of Italy as a unified country, provide us with a most fruitful lens through which to look at the place of Italy in a globalized world.

Along with a rigorous training in Italian language, the Global Italy track offers a variety of courses on Italian culture ranging from political history and thought to cinema, literature, and music, as well as courses on Italian culture in international contexts, including fields such as migration studies and translation.

How to Declare the Global Italy Track

International Studies students wishing to declare the Global Italy track must complete the following steps:

  1. Declare Italian as your second major or minor by completing the electronic major/minor declaration form in SIS under the Registration tab and then Online Forms.
  2. Meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian Studies and with the International Studies Program Director or International Studies Academic Adviser to let them know your intent to pursue the track.

Requirements

Along with the International Studies major requirements, students following the Global Italy track must complete the following:

Italian Studies 2nd Major

  • Language proficiency through Advanced Italian I & II
  • 2 courses from the “Italian Journeys” series (214.362 “Italian Journeys: Medieval and Early Modern”; 214.363 “Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary”)
  • 4 electives (or the equivalent of 12 credits) to be selected from an approved list of courses specifically designed for the Global Italy track that will be published each semester.

Italian Studies Minor

  • Language proficiency through Advanced Italian I & II
  • 1 course from the “Italian Journeys” series (214.362 “Italian Journeys: Medieval and Early Modern” OR 214.363 “Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary”)
  • 3 electives (or the equivalent of 9 credits) to be selected from an approved list of courses specifically designed for the Global Italy track that will be published each semester.

The Italian program offers 1-credit courses in Italian culture taught in English that can be freely combined as long as the total number of credits taken satisfies the requirements of the track.  These courses include:

  • 211.238 “Made in Italy: Italian Style in Context”
  • 211.248 “Eataly: An Exploration of Italian Food Culture”
  • 211.258 “Italy Off the Beaten Path”

Study Abroad

Students in the Global Italy Track have many opportunities to study in Italy with Johns Hopkins during their time at the university, including the Intersession Program in Verona (6 credits) and the International Studies Summer Program at SAIS Europe in Bologna (6 credits). Please note that courses taken in Verona and Bologna count towards the satisfaction of the requirements for both the major and the minor.

Students are also encouraged to spend a semester or an entire academic year in Italy. Options include Bologna, Milan, Rome, Florence, and Siena. Juniors in International Studies or Political Science can elect to spend a semester or Junior Year Abroad at the School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna.

Honors

Students have the opportunity to earn honors in the major by successfully completing an honors senior essay. Majors who select this option may enroll, during either fall or spring semester of their senior year, in a credit-bearing independent study dedicated to the preparation of the honors senior essay.