General information about the program
Italian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers programs at the Bachelor's and Master's level, so as to provide undergraduate and graduate students with knowledge and skills related to Italian language and literature, and to enable them to find a variety of career opportunities upon entering the labour market. The idea to offer Italian language and literary study programs was present even before the merger of the Department of Humanities into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split. Experts in the field of Italian linguistics, literature and translation studies are needed in various branches of economics, media, education and other areas of modern society.
The programme is structured in such a way as to gradually and systematically introduce students to the fundamental principles of Italian Studies, and to make them familiar with the historical development of Italian language, literature and translation studies, as well as to improve their critical and analytical abilities and insights into the main theoretical and applied linguistic and literary issues by studying the relevant sources and participating in scientific debates.
Experts in Italian language and literature, such as interpreters and teachers, are much required in the local and in the broader labour market, which is a consequence of the long-lasting historical, cultural and economic ties between Italy and Croatia.
By following the study programme students achieve high oral and written levels of contemporary Italian language competence, and acquire fundamental theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge of Italian linguistics, Italian literature and Italian culture and society. Through various courses, the emphasis is placed on Italian and Croatian historical, literary and cultural relations and interactions, reflected also in numerous Italian loanwords in standard Croatian as well as numerous local dialects.
The programme, based on contemporary scientific epistemological and international trends, is in accordance with the guidelines of the Bologna Process, implying one-semester courses and elective course principle, and is supportive of student mobility, encouraging participation in various types of exchanges. Both the students’ and staff mobility is possible within Italian departments of various institutions of higher education in Croatia and abroad that apply the same principles and have related and comparable programmes.
Teaching methods and techniques scheduled by the programme facilitate the necessary prerequisites for the development of critical thinking, creativity and professional and scientific training. The students are taught to critically approach recent research insights and to contribute methodologically and scientifically to interdisciplinary research.
The curriculum is divided into elective and core courses in literature, linguistics and translation, including courses in social and cultural studies, which in various course options together provide students with the adequate number of ECTS points. The undergraduate thesis in the double-major undergraduate programme carries 10 ECTS, or 5 ECTS for each study programme, whereas the graduation thesis at double-major graduate programme awards students with 20 ECTS, or 10 ECTS for each study programme. There are also some courses that may be selected from the Faculty list of elective courses, and from the graduate study programs of other Departments and Faculties. Courses in the Fundamentals of Pedagogy and Didactics, Educational Psychology and Sociology are special core courses for all Graduate Teacher Education programme students. The points are evenly distributed between both major programs (2,5 points for each course, which brings 5 points to every teacher education programme student). The study program is based on modern concepts of syllabus design, and reflects major achievements in the field of Italian Studies, together with recent research insights.
Upon the completion of the six-semester undergraduate study programme of Italian language and Literature, the Bachelor of Arts graduate has acquired the knowledge necessary to work in tourism, media, publishing, and other communicative and language-based professions. At the Department of Italian Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, the Bachelor of Arts in Italian language and Literature can enrol in the two-year double-major Graduate Study Programme in Italian Language and Literature. Students are also qualified to enrol into comparable graduate studies programmes offered at other universities in Croatia and abroad.
The graduate programme at the Department for Italian Language and Literature offers the Teacher Education and Translation Studies options. With regards to the graduate Teacher Education programme, upon completion, graduates are competent to teach Italian language and literature in preschool institutions, elementary and secondary schools, as well in schools of foreign languages. After the completion of the Translation Studies programme, graduates are competent with regard to all forms of linguistic mediation, translation and interpretation and ready to work at both in administrative and economic and cultural sectors, as well as institutions, including literary and specialized translations.
By attending the graduate programme, with regard to the chosen option, the student acquires general and specific, specialist and professional knowledge. Furthermore, students gain insight into basic approaches, methods and techniques related to teaching Italian as a foreign language, and are offered the possibility of finding employment at various levels of the educational sector; primary and secondary schools, high schools and state or privately owned schools for foreign languages.
Considering the ever greater interest of students to learn Italian as a foreign language, noted and statistically proven in both state-owned and private schools, as well as in foreign language schools, the demand for highly competent teachers is constantly increasing.
By completing the Translation Studies programme, the student acquires all relevant competencies required to provide oral and written translation work and services. Due to contemporary trends and changes in the broader European context, higher demand has been noted for experts with professional skills, high expertise and knowledge in the field of translation to take up employment in diplomatic, economic and cultural sectors. The thorough education and professional expertise offered by our Department, and the knowledge of both language and theoretical backgrounds acquired through our course of studies, enable our students to successfully participate in labour markets in Croatia and Europe.