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.

Spring 2018 Italian Studies Courses

Schedule information is tentative. Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for current listings.


ITAL 20B Continuing Italian
(1) M,T,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Monteleone
(2) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Servino
Prerequisite: For students with some previous study of Italian. 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! This is an experiential learning course.

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ITAL 105A Italian Conversation and Composition
(1) M,W 5:00–6:20, Monteleone
Prerequisite: ITAL 30a or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Bring your Italian to the next level! Learn how to express yourself more clearly and completely in Italian.  Students will use films and TV movies, music and contemporary art to explore contemporary Italian culture and society. Siete pronti per questa nuova avventura? This is an experiential learning course.

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ITAL 120B Modern Italian Literature: from script to screen
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Servino
Prerequisite: ITAL 105a or 106a or permission of the instructor.
What compels directors to create a movie from a book? To bring to action a story, a character, an idea, or a specific context? This course will focuses on Italian masterpiece literature from the twentieth-century to the present, including writers such as Sciascia, and Lampedusa, as well as contemporary writers, such as Baricco, Ammaniti, and Tamaro with emphasis on the theme of historical, individual, and familial identity within the context of socio-economic upheaval and transformative cultural events. Several films based on these works will be examined, with emphasis on an analysis of cinematic innovation. Conducted in Italian.

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CLAS 115B Topics in Greek and Roman History
(1) T,F 11:00–12:20, Walker
Course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Topics for spring 2018: Alexander the Great.

CLAS 120A Age of Caesar
(1) T,Th 2:00–3:20, Walker
The life and times of Gaius Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE) viewed through primary texts in a variety of genres: from Caesar himself to contemporaries Cicero and Catullus and biographers Plutarch and Suetonius.

COML/HUM 21A Renaissance Literary Masterpieces
(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Targoff
Introduces students to some of the greatest works written in Europe during the Renaissance. Readings will include works by Dante, Petrarch, Michelangelo, Luther, Erasmus, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Rabelais, and Cervantes. All readings will be in English.

FA 145A St. Peter's and the Vatican
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, McClendon
May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 45a in prior years.
The history, growth, and development of Christendom's most famous shrine, with particular concern for the relationship between the design and decoration of the Renaissance/ baroque church and palace complex and their early Christian and medieval predecessors.

HIST 123A The Renaissance
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Kapelle
Culture, society, and economy in the Italian city-state (with particular attention to Florence) from feudalism to the rise of the modern state.

HIST 140A A History of Fashion in Europe
(1) T,F 11:00–12:20, Kelikian
Looks at costume, trade in garments, and clothing consumption in Europe from 1600 to 1950. Topics include sumptuous fashion, class and gender distinctions in wardrobe, and the rise of department stores.

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Schedule information is tentative. Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for current listings.


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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