Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Humanities
Graduates in Arts and Humanities should have an academic preparation that will allow them to know and make known, by way of critical analysis, the “cultural products” of humanity throughout the various historical epochs of mankind: language, literature and other forms of communication (e.g. music, theatre, etc.), fine arts, history of the various eras, and the environment in so far as it is modified by man (human geography). The attainment of such a preparation is the basic educational objective of this degree course in Arts and Humanities at the University of Verona. Thus graduates in Arts and Humanities should:
• acquire complete mastery of the Italian language, both spoken and written, with the capacity to apply this knowledge to a wide range of fields (cultural, communicative, and professional);
• acquire a sold methodological and historical foundation in the study of linguistics philology, history and art history;
• acquire a solid knowledge of historical and anthropological issues as well as the culture of Italian literature, philology, linguistics and fine arts, from classical antiquity to the contemporary era within the European context and by way of a direct understanding of original texts and documents;
• acquire the ability to use automated information systems and information technology as applied to this field of study;
• acquire the ability to approach issues related to literature, history and fine arts in a context that recognizes and integrates ethnic, cultural and genre differences;
• develop appropriate abilities of communication and interpersonal relations with an awareness of ethnic, cultural and genre differences.
With the aim of allowing graduates in Arts and Humanities to deepen their knowledge in a specific cultural field, as well as in relation to graduates eventually enrolling for a postgraduate degree, this undergraduate programme is divided into courses whose objectives are extensively defined in the Undergraduate Degree Regulations.
In relation to the general aims of the course of study as well as those of the individual academic courses, the degree course in Arts and Humanities distributes what is offered within the three-year degree period according to the following criteria:
• the first year - and this holds true for all courses - accentuates propaedeutical elements with the aim of providing knowledge, abilities and competencies which are fundamental to the knowledge-acquisition of the history of literature, philology, the foundations of history, as well as humanistic geography;
• the second year, though it still assigns a significant number of credits to foundational knowledge, does give space to some specialised elements, which will vary depending on the chosen course of study;
• the third year is nearly entirely dedicated to the specializations of the chosen course of study and to preparation for the final exam.
Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies
The undergraduate course in Communication Studies intends to offer basic preparation in the field of communication with particular reference to publishing and journalism. The focus will be placed on linguistic competencies (Italian and English as well as a second foreign language) as well as on computer science, which as never before is essential to the challenge of communication today. At the same time an in depth study of more traditional subject areas will not go neglected, such as the humanities and social sciences, philosophy and sociology, social psychology and contemporary history. This kind of in depth study will undoubtedly offer relevant content and can be used as the basis both for further studies at a postgraduate level as well as for practical applications in the professional fields of publishing and journalism.
Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Heritage
This undergraduate course offers the opportunity to achieve a solid foundation not only in the field of cultural heritage but also in the humanities. The prescribed courses for the first year are dedicated to Italian Literature, Geography, and the History of Art from classical antiquity to the contemporary era. The second year courses offer the opportunity to advance one’s knowledge of the History of Art, chemical and physical methodologies of analysing objects of cultural heritage, the study of literature and history from classical antiquity to the contemporary era, as prescribed in the curriculum, as well as other topics relative to cultural heritage. The third year offers a wide range of specific disciplines that are useful to acquiring knowledge of certain important categories of cultural heritage such as cinematography or library archives or the understanding of specific methodologies. A noteworthy role in the students’ knowledge acquisition comes from the study of museology, art criticism and art restoration, which will allow for gaining awareness of the cultural heritage present in museums, the categories by which they are organised and the ways in which they are utilised. The degree course allows for the acquisition of the ways in which research in the field of cultural heritage can be organized, what the most important methodologies are, as well as the traditions present in the individual disciplines. The course work will involve an in depth study not only of archaeological and artistic heritage but also heritage as found in archives, libraries, the theatre, music, cinematography, demo-anthropology, the landscape and the environment. This course of study will focus primarily on European, American, Mediterranean and Near Eastern culture, while taking into consideration relevant elements that might arise from other areas. Alongside traditional classroom instruction the undergraduate course will provide a series of courses and training opportunities at museums, archaeological parks, archaeological excavations, as well as workshops that will allow for direct knowledge of cultural heritage, of methodologies of archaeological excavation, of documentation, of the analysis of objects, of the restoration and conservation of cultural heritage. Other opportunities for practical training and apprenticeships will be organized in the form of very specialised lessons with the aim of obtaining information and updates on specific areas of documentation and methodology. At the end of the first year it is highly recommended to define one’s course of study. In this way, after completing the first year, the student can choose the field of study among those that are offered, i.e. those dedicated to the ancient world, the Medieval period, to the modern era or the contemporary era, to problems concerning the region or to archiving and biblioteconomy.