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 2016 Italian Studies Courses

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


ITAL 10A Beginning Italian
(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Servino
(2) M,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Monteleone
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) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50 ; F 12:30–1:20, Servino
(2) M,T,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Monteleone
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. 

poster for ITAL 128a fall 2016

ITAL 128A Mapping Modern Italian Culture: Inherited Conflicts
(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Servino
Prerequisite: ITAL 105a or 106a or permission of the instructor. 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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CLAS 134B The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome
(1) T,Th 2:00–3:20, Koloski-Ostrow
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 and Archaeology
(1) T,Th 5:00–6:20, Koloski-Ostrow
Topics vary from year to year and the course may be repeated for credit. Topic for fall 2016: Roman Wall Painting with focus on the mythological wall paintings from ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum in southern Italy.  Students learn the techniques of wall painting and the passion of Pompeians for mythology.  Readings from primary sources (Ovid’s Metamorphoses, for example, in English).

FA 46B High and Late Renaissance in Italy
(1) T,Th 5:00–6:20, Unglaub
May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 58b in prior years.
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.

HIST 103A Roman History to 455 CE
(1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Kapelle
Survey of Roman history from the early republic through the decline of the empire. Covers the political history of the Roman state and the major social, economic, and religious changes of the period.

HIST 142B History of Sexualities in Europe
(1) T,F 9:30–10:50, Kelikian
Explores a social history of sexualities in Europe from early modern to contemporary times. Topical emphasis on changing patterns in kinship, child rearing, gender differentiation, immodesty, and marriage.

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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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