Before you enroll in Italian language courses (ITAL 10–106):


1. Students currently enrolled in Italian language courses (ITAL 10-105) will receive instructions about consent code distribution before the beginning of registration.

2. All others should email Professor Harder ( as soon as possible with a description of their background in Italian, including classes taken, standardized test scores, and/or other exposure to the language. She will reply with further instructions about obtaining a consent code for the appropriate language course.

Fall 2014 Italian Studies Courses

Schedule information is tentative. Please see /registrar/schedule/classes/2014/Fall/4000/all for current listings.


ITAL 10A Beginning Italian
(1) MTWR 10:00–10:50, Servino
(2) MWRF 9:00–9:50, Monteleone-Wasson
Prerequisite: For students with little or no knowledge of Italian language. Consent Code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Are you interested in experiencing a taste of Italy right here on campus? If reading an Italian menu with the right accent, understanding Bocelli and Botticelli, speaking the language, and learning about love and passion beyond the stereotypes are not enough to get you involved, we will find many more ways to make your Italian experience worthwhile. Just as in Italy, if you have no specific reasons to study Italian, we will make one up just for you!

ITAL 30A Intermediate Italian
(1) MTWR 1:00–1:50, Servino
(2) MWRF 11:00–11:50, Monteleone-Wasson
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in ITAL 20b or the equivalent. Consent Code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Is Italian synonymous with pizza and the mafia? Of course not! Students in this course advance their study in Italian language and culture by improving their ability to recount events, give descriptions, and make comparisons—both orally and in writing. Working with newspaper articles, short stories, and films, students gain an understanding of what growing up in Italy is all about! Students learn how the closeness of family and friends is the basis of Italian culture and how Italians are able to live in a modern Italy despite their old soul that comes from ancient values and colorful imagery of its people.  

ITAL 106A Advanced Readings in Italian

(1) MWR 12:00–12:50, Monteleone-Wasson
Prerequisite: ITAL 30a, ITAL 105a, or the equivalent. Consent Code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Enhance your reading skills through close study and analysis of representative works from Italian literature and culture. We will put women at the center of the story and look at the changes in conditions and ideas about women from the beginning of the XX century to today and discuss how these reflect changes in society. What was and is “proper” for a woman? What did and does the law say about women? Was there ever an Italian feminist movement? What is the role of women in Italy today? By examining their works, we will discover Italian women as protagonists, symbolic figures, and authors in history, law, literature, and films. This course will allow you to explore and better understand important aspects of contemporary Italian culture.

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ITAL 128A Mapping Modern Italian Culture: Inherited Conflicts
(1) MW 2:00–3:20, Servino
Prerequisites: ITAL 105a or 106a. Conducted in Italian with Italian texts.

Covers a broad and significant range of cultural topics that exemplify creative responses to historical events and social dilemmas that have shaped contemporary Italian culture including economic changes, the new face of immigration in Italy, and the social fight against the Mafia and Camorra through literature and cinema.

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Italian Studies Electives:

CLAS 134B The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome
(1) TR 2:00–3:20, Koloski-Ostrow
This is an experiential learning course. Surveys the art and architecture of the ancient Romans from the eighth century BCE to the end of the empire in Sicily, mainland Italy (with focus on Rome, Ostia, Pompeii, and Herculaneum), and in the Roman provinces.

CLAS 145B Topics in Greek and Roman Art & Archaeology
(1) TR 3:30–4:50, Koh
Topics vary from year to year and the course may be repeated for credit. Topics include daily life in ancient Rome; ancient technology and art; and Athens and the golden age of Greece.

CLAS 165A Roman Sex, Violence, and Decadence in Translation
(1) TR 5:00–6:20, Koloski-Ostrow
Famous Roman texts (200 BCE-200 CE) are read from social, historical, psychological, literary, and religious viewpoints. The concept of "Roman decadence" is challenged both by the Roman literary accomplishment itself and by its import on subsequent periods.

FA 46B High and Late Renaissance in Italy
(1) TF 12:30–1:50, Unglaub
Examines the major works of art produced in Italy in the sixteenth century. It focuses on the principal centers of Florence, Rome, and Venice. The foremost artists of the age, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian, receive in-depth coverage. The course also considers the social institutions, ecclesiastical, courtly and civic, that furnished the patronage opportunities and promoted the ideas that occasioned, even demanded, new artistic forms of grace and harmony, energy and torsion.

FA 191B Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art: Velasquez and Goya
(1) M 2:00–4:50, Unglaub
This seminar focuses on the life and works of the two greatest masters of Spanish Art, Diego Velasquez (1599-1660) and Francisco de Goya (1746–1828). Though a century separates their careers, there are many parallels in their works, and the later artist engaged in a constant dialogue with his predecessor. We will examine their innovative techniques of painting and printmaking and consider the role of each as a court artist during the Hapsburg and Napoleonic eras. Whereas Velasquez was the consummate courtier, Goya grapples with the legacy of the Enlightenment in an age of revolutionary upheaval.

Schedule information is tentative. Please see /registrar/schedule/classes/2014/Fall/4000/all for current listings.

Independent Major

Students seeking to pursue Italian Studies further may petition for an Independent Interdisciplinary Major or IIM and discuss various options with the Italian Studies faculty members. For more information, please visit our IIM in Italian Studies page.

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