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Spring 2023 Course Listings

All schedule information is tentative. Please see the Registrar's site for the latest information.

For a full list of courses offered next semester, download the PDF brochure: Italian Studies Course Offerings Spring 2023.

For a video introduction to the Italian Studies program, visit our ROMS Course Videos page.

Italian Studies Courses

For more information about ITAL 10-106 placement/enrollment, please see our Language Programs Placement page. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Harder.

ITAL 20B Continuing Italian

(1) M/T/W/R 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM, Monteleone
(2) M/W/R 1:20 - 2:10 PM; T 12:45 - 1:35 PM, Servino

Prerequisite: For students with some previous study of Italian. Permission required (please see instructions on our Language Programs Placement page).

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/R 12:20 - 1:10 PM, Monteleone

Prerequisite: ITAL 30a or the equivalent. Permission required (please see instructions on our Language Programs Placement page). [OC]


Bring your Italian language skills to the next level. You will practice and improve your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Italian, while learning how Italian society is changing.  In this course we'll address issues related to globalization, the environment, and social justice in contemporary Italy and see how music, art, and social activism represent and create change.

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ITAL 120B Modern Italian Literature: From Page to Screen

(1) T/R 3:55 PM - 5:15 PM, Servino

Prerequisite: ITAL 105a or 106a or permission of the instructor. Conducted in Italian. [Cross-listed with COML and ECS]

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 focus on Italian masterpiece literature from the twentieth century to the present, including writers such as Lampedusa, as well as contemporary writers, such as Baricco, Ammaniti, and Ferrante 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.

Italian Studies Electives

CLAS 115B Topics in Greek and Roman History

(1) M/W 2:30 - 3:50 PM, Sausville

[Cross-listed with ECS, HIST, ITAL, MERS]

Topics vary from year to year and the 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 for spring 2023: Greco-Roman Urbanism.

CLAS 134B The Art & Archaeology of Ancient Rome

(1) M/W 4:05 - 5:25 PM, O'Donoghue

[Cross-listed with ANTH, ECS, FA, ITAL]

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.

HIST 140A A History of Fashion in Europe

(1) T/F 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM, Kelikian

[DL, WI, cross-listed with ECS, ITAL]

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.