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 2018 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, Monteleone
(2) M,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Servino
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, Monteleone
(2) M,T,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Servino
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.  

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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. COML Lit Course in a Language Other than English; Oral Communication.
Was “la dolce vita” only a myth of Italian life? How have the concepts of mafia and camorra shaped the lives and politics of Italians? How has the profile of Italians changed in the last few decades both in Italy and abroad? What is the profile of Italian Americans? How is migration to Italy and Europe reshaping culture and addressing diversity? A socio-cultural analysis will expose students to the highlights and critical moments of contemporary Italy. Through study of history, cinema, and politics, this course will deepen students’ knowledge of advanced Italian culture and language.

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CLAS 134B The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome
(1) T,Th 2:00–3:20, Ratzlaff
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. 

FA 45B Art of the Early Renaissance in Italy
(1) T,F 12:30–1:50, Unglaub
May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 51a in prior years. Art History Course; ECS Elective; Elective Course in Medieval & Renaissance Studies; Cross-Listed in Music/History Track.
Examines major painters, sculptors, and architects in Florence, Rome, and Venice from Giotto to Bellini (1290-1500). Important themes include the revival of Antiquity, the visual arts and the culture of Humanism, the Rise of the Medici, art and the ideal of the Republic, the development of art theory and criticism, Naturalism and the Sacred image, and the relation of artists and patrons during times of crisis (black death, Pazzi Conspiracy, and Savonarola). 

FA 46B High and Late Renaissance in Italy
(1) T,F 9:30–10:50, Unglaub
May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 58b in prior years. Art History Course; ECS Elective; Elective Course in Medieval & Renaissance Studies.
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
ECS Elective; Cross-Listed in Classical Studies.
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 131A Hitler's Europe in Film
(1) T,F 11:00–12:20, Kelikian
ECS Elective; FTIM Elective: Non-American Cinema; Writing Intensive; Cross-Listed in German Language and Literature
Takes a critical look as how Hitler's Europe has been represented and misrepresented since its time by documentary and entertainment films of different countries beginning with Germany itself. Movies, individual reports, discussions, and a little reading.

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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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