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Euro-American and Oriental Languages and Cultures

Academic Year: 
Degree Level: 
Bachelor's Degree
Teaching Facility: 
Department of Humanities
Access Requirements: 
Locally scheduled
Italian Classification: 
L-11 Lingue e culture moderne
Teaching Languages: 

Course Overview

The BA in Euro-American and Oriental Languages and Cultures is characterised by a curriculum having a markedly historical, linguistic and literary connotation. Students will have the chance to choose two European languages (French, English, Spanish, German) and, in addition, a third language or, alternatively, one European language and one language among Arabic, Japanese or Russian. The study of English and/or Spanish can be complemented by the study of Anglo-American or Hispanic-American literature.

Ample space in the curriculum is given to the teaching of modern literatures – Italian literature, both modern and contemporary, but also foreign literatures – favouring a comparative perspective and giving students the necessary elements of literary theory starting from the first year. Both the linguistic approach and the literary approach will have a critico-philological basis. In addition, the course is characterised by the fact that it attaches importance to the temporal, spatial, historical and geographical dynamics within which the big linguistic and cultural processes of modernity and of the present are situated.

The expected learning outcomes are evaluated according to the first two Dublin descriptors and are divided into three learning domains: linguistic domain; philologico-literary domain; historico-geographical domain.

Educational Goals

The educational objectives of the BA are linked to the three types of courses which are offered:

  • Basic courses – Courses intended to provide students with a solid grounding knowledge in the fields of linguistics, Italian studies, history, geography and philology;
  • Core courses – Courses of modern languages and literatures. Language learning will be made gradual through three yearly courses of the chosen foreign language and will be assessed for each language through written exams giving access to oral exams;
  • Complementary courses – Courses whose objective is that of functionally interpreting theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of languages and literatures.

Job Opportunities

  • Employee or consultant at local institutions, both public and private (reception of, and assistance for, foreign people)
  • Correspondent in a foreign language or similar professions
  • Assistant in the organisation of shows, exhibitions, and cultural events
  • Employee at companies having foreign relations
  • Employee at service agencies (translation; consecutive interpreting; organisation of events, travels, conferences and receptions)
  • High-rank secretarial personnel
  • Assistant at museums and/or libraries
  • Consultant in writing texts for digital communication purposes