Romance Languages: French and Italian, BA

The Dual Romance Languages Major allows students to pursue advanced course work across two Romance Languages: French, Spanish, and/or Italian. It is an 18-credit major, with nine advanced courses in each language. Interested students should contact the Undergraduate Coordinator or the appropriate undergraduate chairs for more information and guidance.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

Students are required to meet with the appropriate undergraduate chairs prior to beginning course work. Study Abroad courses must be pre-approved by the Undergraduate Chair to count for the major.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives18
Major Requirements
French Studies
Core Requirement: 2
FREN 1212Advanced French Grammar and Composition1
or FREN 1214 Advanced French Conversation and Composition
FREN 1231Perspectives in French Literature: Love and Passion1
or FREN 1232 Perspectives in French Literature: The Individual and Society
FREN 1226French History and Culture to 17741
FREN 1227French History and Culture 1789-19451
2000 or 3000 Level Courses2
Select 2 course units2
3000 Level Courses:
Select 3 course units of 3000-level courses, with only 1 course unit in major-related courses3
Italian Studies
Core Requirement: 2
ITAL 1000Advanced Italian I1
ITAL 1890Masterpieces-Italian Literature1
ITAL 1200Advanced Italian II1
Select 6 course units of electives, with no more than two courses taught in English6
Research Requirement
Complete Research Requirement in the Department at Penn
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Must be taken in the Department at Penn.


Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and a GPA of 3.3 overall. Only one of the courses below need to be taken, and it must be taken in the Department at Penn.

Select one of the following:
Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.