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

Fall 2019 Courses

Italian Studies Courses

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 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,W,Th,F 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.

image of poster for ITAL 106ITAL 106A Storia e storie d’Italia: Advanced Italian through Narrative, Film, and Other Media

(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Monteleone

Prerequisite: ITAL 30a, ITAL 105a, or the equivalent. Consent Code required (please see instructions above).

Let’s learn about Italians through their stories and practice reading and communicative skills while learning about the developing of Italian identity from the end of 1800s to the present. In this course, students will analyze and discuss short Italian texts, selected for their relevance and accessible language, as well as videos and films. Proficiency in Italian will be improved through interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational activities. This is an Oral Communication course.

image of poster for ITAL 110ITAL 110A Introduction to Italian Literature: Love, Intrigues and Politics from Dante to Goldoni

(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.


Italian Studies Electives

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.

Topic for fall 2019: Archaic Age.

CLAS 136B Roman Technology, Medicine, and Art

(1) T 2:00–4:50, Ratzlaff

Investigates a selection of the most famous monuments and cultural institutions of the Roman world in order to understand the technology and engineering that created them. The primary source is Elder Pliny. We also consider Roman medicine.

CLAS 140A Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Greek and Roman Art and Text

(1) T,F 11:00–12:20, Staff

An exploration of women, gender, and sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome as the ideological bases of Western attitudes toward sex and gender. Includes, in some fashion, Greek and Roman myth, literature, art, architecture, and archaeological artifacts.

FA 48A Baroque Art and Architecture in Italy

(1) T,Th 3:30–4:50, Unglaub

Examines the artistic spectacle of Papal Rome, focusing on the works and legacy of Caravaggio and Bernini as the prevailing artistic forces, with major contributions by the Carracci, Poussin, Borromini, and Cortona. Apart from Rome and the patronage strategies of successive Popes, we will consider artistic and architectural production in such diverse centers as Venice, Naples, Bologna, and Turin.

HIST 103A Roman History to 455 CE

(1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, 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 12:30–1:50, 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.