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 2016 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,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!

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ITAL 105A Italian Conversation and Composition
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Monteleone
Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Bring your Italian to the next level! Learn how to express yourself in discussion and writing. We will use writings, films, and music to inspire the exploration of contemporary Italian culture and society. Different styles of newspaper articles, essays, and literary pieces (narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and personal) will also be used as examples of different writing styles to be developed by students. Siete pronti per questa nuova avventura?

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ITAL 120B Modern Italian Literature
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Servino
Prerequisite: ITAL 30a or the equivalent.
Focuses on the literature of twentieth-century writers such as Sciascia, Lampedusa, Calvino, and Moravia as well as contemporary writers, such as Baricco, Tamaro, Mazzantini, and Giordano with emphasis on the theme of historical, individual, and familial identity within the context of traumatic socio-economic upheaval and transformative cultural events. Several films based on these works will also be examined, with emphasis on an analysis of cinematic innovation. Conducted in Italian.

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CLAS 150B Pompeii: Life in the Shadow of Vesuvius
(1) T,Th 2:00–3:20, Koloski-Ostrow
Examines Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by Vesuvius in 79 CE, using the ancient cities' art, architecture, and wall writings to understand the social, political, economic, and religious realities of Roman life on the Bay of Naples, especially in the first century CE.

CLAS 166A Medieval Literature: A Millennium of God, Sex, and Death
(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Walker
A survey of Medieval Latin literature in translation, beginning with the fourth-century church fathers and ending with the early Renaissance. Includes Augustine, Ambrose, Jerome, Egeria, Jordanes, Gregory of Tours, Isidore of Seville, Bede, Alcuin, Einhard, Hroswitha, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Hildegard, Anselm, and others.

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.
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).

HIST 170A Italian Films, Italian Histories
(1) T,F 11:00–12:20, Kelikian
Explores the relationship between Italian history and Italian film from unification to 1975. Topics include socialism, fascism, the deportation of Jews, the Resistance, the Mafia, and the emergence of an American-style star fixation in the 1960s.

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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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