Courses

ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I
3.00 credits
Grammar, composition, verbal practice and oral comprehension form the basis of this course. Designed to provide the student with the fundamentals of the Italian language. Fall or Spring.
ITAL 101L Elementary Italian I Lab
.00- 1.00 credits
Taken only in conjunction with ITAL 101 when taken in Florence, Italy.
Concurrent:
ITAL 101
ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II
3.00 credits
A continuation of ITAL 101. Spring (main campus) or Fall and Spring (Florence).
ITAL 102L Elementary Italian II Lab
.00- 1.00 credits
Taken only in conjunction with ITAL 102 when taken in Florence, Italy.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 101 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
ITAL 102
ITAL 105 Elementary Conversation I
3.00 credits
Students learn to use the language in a variety of everyday situations through focused practice in class and organized encounters with native speakers of Italian. Does not count toward the requirement of one year of Italian for the Florence program or the Arts and Sciences Second Language Proficiency requirement.
ITAL 106 Elementary Italian Convers II
3.00 credits
A continuation of ITAL 105. Vocabulary and grammar presented in Italian 102 are reinforced. Does not count toward the requirement of one year of Italian for the Florence program or the Arts and Sciences Second Language Proficiency requirement.
ITAL 190 Directed Study
1.00- 4.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I
4.00 credits
This course will build on existing skills in Italian, increase the ability to read, write, speak and understand the language, and introduce students to more refined lexical items, more complex grammatical structures, and more challenging cultural material. Fall (main campus) or Fall and Spring (Florence).
ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II
4.00 credits
A continuation of ITAL 201. Spring.
ITAL 290 Directed Study
1.00- 4.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
ITAL 301 Advanced Italian I
3.00 credits
Advanced review of grammatical structures through conversation, readings, compositions and oral comprehension. In Italian.
ITAL 302 Advanced Italian II
3.00 credits
Advanced review of grammatical structures through conversation, readings, presentations and oral comprehension. Can be taken alone or as a continuation of ITAL 301. In Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 303 Survey of Italian Literature I
3.00 credits
An overview of Italian literature from the age of Dante through the Renaissance, including Petrarch, Boccaccio and Machiavelli. In Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 304 Survey Italian Literature II
3.00 credits
An overview of Italian literature from the Renaissance through contemporary times. In Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 306 Advanced Conversation
3.00 credits
Advanced conversation for students returning from Florence. In Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 307 Conv Approach to Contemp Issue
3.00 credits
A course designed for those who wish to continue to improve their conversational skills. Taught in Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 308 Italian through Film
3.00 credits
This course uses Italian films to help students improve language proficiency and deepen their understanding of Italian history and culture. Italian cinema closely reflects national culture and each film in the course is chosen for its focus on one or more aspects of Italian society. Preparation for viewing includes background reading, thematic discussions and vocabulary building exercises. In Italian. Offered in Florence only.
ITAL 313 The World of Dante
3.00 credits
In English. This course satisfies the University Core Broadening Course Literature requirement. In this course students will engage with the history, philosophy, art, politics, and poetics of the Middle Ages through a close reading of Dante Alighieri's Commedia, Vita Nova, and other period texts. The course will also briefly consider the monumental cultural heritage that Dante's poem has and continues to produce. In class discussion, students will be expected to know, discuss, and offer interpretations of our text through their own reading and preparation based on notes provided by instructor on Blackboard. This class will emphasize close reading of primary poetic texts.
ITAL 314 Fascism in Film and Literature
3.00 credits
In English. This class examines the way fascism is presented in selected novels and films. An important objective of the course is to study the impact of Fascism on segments of the Italian population which did not conform to fascist ideals. Special arrangements may be made for majors in Italian Studies and minors in Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 315 The Italian Cinema
3.00 credits
In English. This course aims at presenting aspects of Italian society through film. Special arrangements may be made for majors in Italian Studies and minors in Italian.
Equivalent:
INST 416 - OK if taken since Spring 2007
ITAL 316 The Italian Short Story I
3.00 credits
The development of the Italian short story from its origin through the Baroque. Included are stories from the Novellino, the Decameron, the Novelliere, and the Pentameron. In Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 317 Italian Short Story II
3.00 credits
The Italian short story through the works of the nineteenth and twentieth century authors. In Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 319 Mafia & Pol Viol in Film & Lit
3.00 credits
In English. Through a study of Italian film, novels and nonfiction, this course will examine the phenomenon of organized crime in Italian society.
Equivalent:
INST 381 - Successful completion
ITAL 320 New Immigrants in Film &Lit
3.00 credits
In English. This course will explore the impact of immigration from Third World countries on Italian society through the study of novels, nonfiction and film. Special arrangements may be made for majors in Italian Studies and minors in Italian.
ITAL 322 The Italian Historical Novel
3.00 credits
In English. This course will explore the development of the historical novel in Italy with emphasis on modern historical novels. Special arrangements may be made for majors in Italian Studies and minors in Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
WOMS 324C - Successful completion
ITAL 330 Literary Genres
3.00 credits
A study of examples of the major literary genres (narrative, dramatic, and poetic). In Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 350 Ital Civilization and Culture
3.00 credits
Readings and discussion of various aspects of Italian life such as art, cinema, politics, literature, history, fashions, etc. In Italian.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 363 The Roman Republic
3.00 credits
In English. The political, social and cultural history of Republican Rome from its legendary origins to the Battle of Actium and its de facto end in 31 BC. The course will focus closely on the factors leading to the Republic’s successful rise as uncontested Mediterranean ruler as well as the internal political and social conflicts that brought the Republic crashing down to its ultimate fall.
Equivalent:
HIST 305 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
ITAL 364 The Roman Empire
3.00 credits
In English. The political, social and cultural history of Rome during the age of the Emperors, from Augustus' creation of the principate in 27 B.C. to the decline of the Roman Empire in the west by the 5th century AD. Special focus in this course will be given to the workings of the Imperial system, daily life in Rome and the provinces, the rise of Christianity, and the ultimate transformation of the empire.
Equivalent:
HIST 306 - OK if taken since Spring 2007
ITAL 366 Medieval Europe
3.00 credits
In English. Developments in the first flowering of western European civilization, C.A.D. 500-1350, including feudalism, the rise of representative assemblies, the commercial revolution and the papal monarchy. Taught only in Florence.
Equivalent:
HIST 311 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
ITAL 367 Renaissance Europe
3.00 credits
In English. The history of western Europe 1350-1550, emphasizing the political, religious, social, and economic context for the cultural achievements of the humanists, artists, dramatists, scientists, architects, and educators of the age of Joan of Arc, Michelangelo, and the Tudors and the Medici.
Equivalent:
HIST 312 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
ITAL 380 Special Topics
1.00- 3.00 credits
Selected topics in Italian language, literature, or civilization.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 202 Minimum Grade: D
ITAL 390 Directed Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
ITAL 391 Directed Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
ITAL 440 Women in Italian Literature
3.00 credits
In English. This course examines the contribution of women novelists to Italian literature through the discussion of contemporary novels by women. Special arrangements may be made for majors in Italian Studies and minors in Italian.
ITAL 497 Internship
.00- 6.00 credits
The internship provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in the Italian classroom with a supervised organizational setting directly related to the student's major area of study. An internship plan (description, objectives, learning outcomes) is devised with an Italian faculty member, and approved by the Italian Studies director, before the internship begins.
Prerequisite:
ITAL 301 Minimum Grade: B or ITAL 302 Minimum Grade: B
ITAL 498 Senior Project
1.00 credit
Required of all Italian Studies majors. Permission from the Italian Studies director only.

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