Courses

For a full list of courses offered next semester, download the PDF brochure: Italian Studies Course Offerings Fall 2020.

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

Italian Studies Courses

All students need a consent code to enroll in Italian Language Courses (ITAL 10-106).

  • Students currently enrolled in Italian language courses (ITAL 10-105) will receive instructions about consent code distribution before the beginning of registration.
  • All others should email Professor Hollie 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.
  • For more information about level placement, enrollment in ROMS courses, or the language requirement, please visit our FAQs page.
ITAL 10A Beginning 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 above).

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, 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 above).

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.

ITAL 128A Mapping Modern Italian Culture: Inherited Conflicts

ITAL 128 An image of the map of Italy covers the entire background of this poster. It is not a true geographical map but an imaginary one. Italy is depicted as a head of a Roman statue in profile. It is divided into different colored, decorated regions which are labeled.From left to right, top to bottom, the labels I can read are:  Sensibile,  Foresta di Eccezioni, Campagna di sensibilizzazione, Umore; back to top Orrido Sell’Anarchia, Cannali Televisivi (on a blue network of some sort), stato confusionale, Dossdel Paraisso, Ascolto Selettiv (ear), Statatale, Incrocío Domestico, Strada Illegale; Centro del Buen Cuore (in the shape of a heart), Sentiero Illogico, Provincia del Piacere, Angolo della curiosità, Regione Inesplorata (Hic Sunt Peones), Fiume di Generosita, Vette d’íntelligenza (above forehead). Pianura della Memoria Superfíciale, Massiccio Egoísmo, Angolo della curiosità, Campagna di sensibilizzazione, Terreno di scontro (the nose), Repubblica delle Regole Relative, Luogo di Conversazione (the mouth), Regno dell’Eleganza, (chin), Chiuse Mentali, Provincia del placer (neck). The head rests in the sea: the parts of which are named Spiaggia della Nuda Realtà, Mare di Parole, Secca delle Seccature. What looks to part of the Balkan peninsula is labeled Dune del Destino. Agains this map is a scroll with the description of the course on it: ITAL 128a Mapping Modern Italian Culture: Inherited Conflicts, Prerequisite: ITAL 105a or 106a or permission of the instructor. Conducted in Italian with Italian texts. 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. Professor Paola Servino.(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; OC]

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.
 

Italian Studies Electives

FA 46B High and Late Renaissance in Italy

(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Unglaub

May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 58b in prior years. [Cross-listed in Art History; ECS; 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

[Cross-listed in ECS; Medieval & Renaissance Studies; 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; Cross-Listed in German Language and Literature; WI]

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.