Profile of the programme
The Degree Course in Humanities provides a uniform coverage of the scientific-disciplinary sectors in Humanities through a series of compulsory basic subjects allowing students to acquire a solid knowledge background and advanced competences in Italian Language and Literature, Linguistics and Glottology, Latin Literature, History (Greek, Roman, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary History) and Geography. Besides this basic common programme, covering 90 credits out of 180, students can choose between a modern curriculum and a classic/archaeological curriculum. The former includes compulsory disciplines concerning Romance philology and historical-artistic or musicological studies; the latter, instead, focuses on Greek literature and classic archaeology.
The course also offers students the possibility to choose elective subjects to further enhance their preparation and even pursue their studies according to their interests and objectives. They can choose among classic linguistic and philological disciplines, Italian and Romance philology and literature, language teaching and theory of literature, librarianship, philosophical, historical-philosophical and socio-political disciplines. The course also includes English or French language proficiency (level B1), 150 hours of professional internship and 12 credits in elective subjects; at the end, during the final examination, the student will present and discuss his/her thesis for graduation. Thanks to the knowledge and competences acquired in this course, students will be able to find jobs and professional activities in specific working sectors (as specified in the course presentation) or to pursue their studies in a Second Cycle Degree Course in Humanities. The teaching activities of the course in Humanities are organised in two semesters and include lectures, workshops, laboratories and seminars.
Some subjects of the course programme include “blended” teaching modality which integrates classroom lectures with distance learning. In particular, the course uses a specific multimedia platform where professors can upload e-learning materials and manage teaching activities, both during classroom lectures or for distance learning.
Such activities (carried out in different modalities according to the discipline chosen) include:
- videoconference lessons recorded and archived for distance learning;
- multimedia lessons realised with the innovative tools provided by the distance learning platform, for example video-recorded lectures or seminars, advanced distance learning tools (interactive lessons, SCORM packages with multiple teaching contents, etc.), interactive activities to be done with students, self-assessment and self-learning tests, etc.;
- interactive communication systems for teachers (forums for thematic debates, constant communication flows between professors and students, etc.);
- on-line office hours.
The course programme will be carried out both through classroom lectures (100 % of the whole amount of hours) and through e-learning modality (for not less than 30% of the total amount of hours). The course also includes a learning and technological tutorial service.
According to Article 2 of the Regulations of the Degree Course, admission to the course in Humanities requires an Italian high school diploma or a valid certificate obtained abroad and recognized as an equivalent qualification according to current legislation.
1. Prior expertise required
Basic knowledge acquired during high school and secondary school institutes is a necessary pre-requisite for admission to the course. Prospective students should demonstrate linguistic knowledge (ability to understand and interpret written texts in Italian language and to speak sufficiently correct Italian) and logic-argumentative skills.
2. Testing knowledge
Prior knowledge is verified through a reference test concerning essential use of Italian language. The test generally takes place at the beginning of every academic year as scheduled by the Department Study Manifesto. A second test, conceived for the students unable to attend the first session test or enrolled after the deadline, takes place at another scheduled date between the two semesters of the first year of the course, as stated in the Department Study Manifesto.
3. Rules for learning gaps fulfillment
In case of evident gaps resulting from the entrance test, the student has to attend specific tutorial activities during the first year of course, in order to improve his/her preparation and bridge his/her gaps. The attainment of such objectives will be ultimately verified during the compulsory exams in Italian Literature or History of Italian Language.
From the first year of course, student coming from secondary schools without classical languages study programmes have to attend preparatory formative activities and training for the related exams. Students’ preparation will be tested during the compulsory exams in Latin Literature and Ancient Greek Literature. Students already graduated or coming from another degree course or University but having correspondent credits in the subject requested do not need to be tested in their preparation.
Key learning outcomes
The Humanities Degree Course aims to provide students with a solid methodological and historical foundation in linguistic, philological, and literary studies from ancient to modern times, as well as a capacity to understand and analyse texts and documents in their original language. The Course also gives students insights into the historical, geographical and artistic culture of the classical, medieval, modern and contemporary eras, a good knowledge of at least one EU language beyond Italian, the acquisition of basic skills in communication systems, the capacity of critically using bibliographical and IT tools in specific areas of competence. The course includes essential basic training common to all students wishing to acquire advanced knowledge and competences in disciplines regarding Humanities. In addition, the course provides the necessary tools to tackle avant-garde themes in Literature, History, Linguistics, Philology and Geography.
The core subjects of the course, common to all students, belong to the literary, linguistic, philological, historical and geographical areas (Italian Literature, Contemporary Italian Literature, History of Italian Language, Latin Literature, Geography, 30 ECTS credits in History – from Ancient to Contemporary History).
The course also offers students the possibility to choose elective subjects to further enhance their preparation and orienting their study plan towards modern or, alternatively, ancient literature and civilisations. Moreover, students can opt for an in-depth study of the subjects included in Framework A4.b, especially if they are considering pursuing their studies in a Second Cycle Degree Course: General Linguistics, Italian and Romance Philology, modern and Italian Literature or Classical Languages and Literature, Historical Disciplines or Archaeological Studies, Historical-Artistic and Musicological studies or Socio-Political and Philosophical Disciplines.
The degree course organises the teaching activities into two semesters, offering lectures, tutorials, practical activities, workshops, guided tours and seminars. The course also includes an appropriate number of credits for traineeships or internships for future professions.
Final examination, if any
In the final examination, the candidate must demonstrate autonomous critical thinking and argumentative skills as well as mastery of research tools and specific terminology in at least one of the scientific-disciplinary sectors included in the course structure. The final examination consists in a public debate on a written thesis (in Italian or in a foreign language) on a specific topic chosen by the student and approved by a supervising professor in coherence with the specific subject of competence included in the degree course. The dissertation can also concern a discipline which is not part of the course (subject to the conditions stated in article 5, clause 2 of the Didactic Regulations). The assistant supervisor is selected by the supervisor among professors competent in that particular scientific-disciplinary sector or connected sectors or simply in that specific topic.
In general, the thesis has to focus on a specific topic without being too long but neither shorter than 10.000 words (excluding the list of contents and the bibliography), as it only corresponds to 6 credits. The final mark is expressed out of 110; the degree is obtained with a minimum score of at least 66 out of 110. The commission can decide unanimously whether to assign honours.
In the attribution of the final mark, the Commission (designated as established by article 5, clause 6 of the Didactic Regulations of the Course) will consider the quality of the written work and the competences and knowledge acquired by the candidate in the specific field, as well as the performance in the final examination, showing the candidate’s mastery of the chosen topic, autonomous judgement and communicative skills. The Commission will then add up to 5 points to the average mark resulted from all the exams taken during the course.