Courses

Notes about fall 2021 ROMS courses:

For a full list of courses offered next semester, download the PDF brochure: Italian Studies Course Offerings Fall 2021.

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

Italian Studies Courses

All students need permission to enroll in Italian Language Courses (ITAL 10-106). They will appear to have an enrollment limit of 0 in WorkDay. Enrollment in these courses is processed via Wait List management by the Department Administrator and Director of the Language Program.

  • Students currently enrolled in Italian language courses (ITAL 10-105) will receive instructions about permission requests 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 permission 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 12:00 PM–1:30 PM, Monteleone (in-person)
(2) M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM–11:30 AM, Servino (in-person)

Prerequisite: For students with little or no knowledge of Italian language. Permission 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 2:00 PM–3:30 PM, Monteleone (in-person)
(2) M,T,W,Th 12:00 PM–1:30 PM, Servino (in-person)

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in ITAL 20b or the equivalent. Permission 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.

Poster for ITAL 106A: Advanced Italian through Narrative, Film, and Other Media. Title of class followed by images which include: Benito Mussolini, Former Prime Minster of Italy; photo of a woman in front of newspaper which says “Festa della Repubblica”, image taken on June 2, 1946; image of Italian writer, businessman, and playwright, Italo Svevo;  photo of Italian film director, poet, and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini looking through movie camera; ink drawing of Luigi Pirandello Italian playwright, dramatist, novelist, who was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature; photo of Italian journalist, Oriana Fallaci; Photo still from the movie “La Dolce Vita” 1963; photograph by Italian photographer Mario  Cattaneo, 1963, Idroscala Milano; photo of Erri De Luca e Napoli from cover of book by Enrica Lianza. The rest of the class description follows: Prof. Monteleone.  Prerequisite: ITAL 30a, ITAL 105a, or the equivalent. Consent Code required. This is an Oral Communication course. 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.
ITAL 106A Storia e storie d’Italia: Advanced Italian through Narrative, Film, and Other Media

(1) T,Th 4:00 PM–5:30 PM, Monteleone (in-person)

Prerequisite: ITAL 30a, ITAL 105a, or the equivalent. Permission required (please see instructions to left). [OC; Cross-listed with ECS]

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.
ITAL 110 Poster for ITAL 110A: Introduction to Italian Literature: Love, Intrigues and Politics from Dante to Goldoni. Below is an image of a painting: The Banquet in the Pine Forest (1482/3) which is the third painting in Sandro Botticelli's series The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti. It illustrates events from the Eighth Story of the Fifth Day from The Decameron, a collection of novellas by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375). The description of the course continues: Why Study Dante (and much more!)? Just for the Hell of it! Prerequisite: ITAL 105a, 106a, or permission of the instructor. 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.
ITAL 110A Introduction to Italian Literature: Love, Intrigues and Politics from Dante to Goldoni

(1) M,W 4:00 PM–5:30 PM, Servino (in-person)

Prerequisite: ITAL 105a, 106a, or permission of the instructor. [OC; Cross-listed with ECS, MERS]

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 134B The Art & Archaeology of Ancient Rome

(1) T,Th 6:00 PM–7:30 PM, Ratzlaff (in-person)

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

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 103A Roman History to 455 CE

(1) M,W,F 12:30 PM–1:30 PM, Kapelle (in-person)

[Cross-listed with ECS, MERS, CLAS]

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 140A A History of Fashion in Europe

(1) T,Th 12:00 PM–1:30 PM, Kelikian (remote)

[WI; DL; Cross-listed with ECS]

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.