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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Honors Program in Italian

Majors who plan to seek special honors in Italian may apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program during the semester in which they will complete sixty semester hours of coursework. To enter the program, a student must have completed at least sixty semester hours of coursework, including twelve hours of upper-division coursework in Italian. These twelve hours must include Italian 365, Italian 375, or Italian Civilization 360. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Italian of at least 3.50 are also required for admission.

The requirements for graduation with special honors are:

  1. Italian 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B;
  2. in addition to 379H, twenty-one semester hours of upper-division coursework in Italian;
  3. satisfactory performance on an honors examination;
  4. a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Italian of at least 3.50; and
  5. completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society

Italian Chapter Advisor
Irene Eibenstein-Alvisi
512-471-8540, HRH 2.106E

The Department is a member of the Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society. The Gamma Kappa Alpha is the only Italian honor society in the United States and Canada and has over fifty chapters in North America. The society was formed to acknowledge superior scholastic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture. It encourages a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Italian culture, art, and history.

The society recognizes outstanding undergraduate scholarship in the field of Italian by awarding annually the Gamma Kappa Alpha Award for Scholarship. Students majoring in Italian or with an Italian concentration, who distinguish themselves for their outstanding performance in Italian are eligible for induction in the honor society at the end of their undergraduate career. The chapter advisor at the University of Texas is Irene Eibenstein-Alvisi.

Undergraduate Italian Faculty Advisor


Daniela Bini
HRH 3.112C

512-471-5995

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