Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for schedule information.

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

Spring 2020 Courses

Italian Studies Courses

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 some previous study of Italian. 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!

image of poster for ITAL 105ITAL 105A Italian Conversation and Composition

(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Monteleone

Prerequisite: ITAL 30a or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above). [OC]

Bring your Italian to the next level! Learn how to express yourself more clearly and completely in Italian. Students will use films and TV movies, music, and contemporary art to explore contemporary Italian culture and society. Siete pronti per questa nuova avventura?

image of poster for ITAL 120ITAL 120B Modern Italian Literature: From Page to Screen

(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, 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 Sciascia and Lampedusa, as well as contemporary writers, such as Baricco, Ammaniti, Tamaro, 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 3:30–4:50, Ratzlaff


Course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Topic for spring 2020: TBD.

CLAS 134B The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome

(1) T,F 12:30–1:50, Ratzlaff

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.

CLAS 150B Pompeii: Life in the Shadow of Vesuvius

(1) T,F 11:00–12:20, 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.

FA 145A St. Peter's and the Vatican

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, McClendon

The history, growth, and development of Christendom's most famous shrine, with particular concern for the relationship between the design and decoration of the Renaissance/baroque church and palace complex and their early Christian and medieval predecessors.

HIST 123A The Renaissance

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Kapelle

Culture, society, and economy in the Italian city-state (with particular attention to Florence) from feudalism to the rise of the modern state.

HIST 140A A History of Fashion in Europe

T,F 11:00–12:20, Kelikian


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.