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 2017 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 1:00–1:50, 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,T,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Servino
(2) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, 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.

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ITAL 106A Advanced Italian through Narrative, Film, and Other Media

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Monteleone
Prerequisite: ITAL 30a, ITAL 105a, or the equivalent. Consent Code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
This course aims to improve skills of reading and communication in Italian through a general overview of Italian history and the developing of an Italian identity from the end of 1800s to the present. In class we will read, analyze, and discuss short Italian texts, selected for their relevance and accessible language, in combination with material from visual arts and film. Topic for fall 2017: Storia & Storie D’italia.

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ITAL 110A Introduction to Italian Literature

(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Servino
Prerequisite: ITAL 105a, 106a, or permission of the instructor.
Why study Dante (and much more!)? Just for the Hell of it!  Surveys the masterpieces of Italian literature from Dante’s journey to Goldoni’s stage. Come explore intrigues of love and politics in Italian culture and literature, through dynamic analysis and discussions of primary texts. Conducted in Italian.

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CLAS 115B Topics in Greek and Roman History
(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Walker
Course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Topics include the Age of Alexander the Great, the Age of Pericles, the Greekness of Alexander, and Imperialism in Antiquity. Topic Fall 2017: Fall of Rome

CLAS 165A Roman Sex, Violence, and Decadence in Translation
(1) M,W 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.

HIST 103A Roman History to 455 CE
(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, 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 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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