The primary aim of beginning Italian courses is to develop effective skills of communication: listening, speaking, reading, writing and intercultural competence. The advanced courses reinforce these skills, while familiarizing students with the literature and culture of Italy.
Beginning and Intermediate Italian courses
ITA 100 — Italian I
Reading of simple Italian and the fundamentals of composition and conversation. Students with one year of secondary school Italian should elect ITA 101. Native speakers of Italian and students who have taken four years or more of Italian in high school may not take ITA 100 for credit. 3 credits.
ITA 101 — Italian II
Reading of simple Italian and the fundamentals of composition and conversation. Prerequisites: Italian 100, two years of secondary school Italian, or placement exam. 3 credits.
ITA 200 — Italian III
Elementary Italian grammar reviewed with stress on pronunciation and conversation. Modern Italian literary works are read and discussed. Prerequisites: Italian 101, three years of secondary school Italian, or placement exam. 3 credits. Fulfills LEP Tier 1 Multilingual Communication requirement.
ITA 210 — Italian IV
Elementary Italian grammar reviewed with stress on pronunciation and conversation. Modern Italian literary works are read and discussed. Prerequisite: Italian 200, or four years of secondary school Italian, or a placement exam. 3 credits. Fulfills LEP Tier 2 Cultural Expression requirement.
Intermediate and Advanced courses (in Italian):
ITA 320— Italian Cinema & Literature/LIT 498 — Italian Cinema
This course will introduce students to Italian cinema through the study of its main historical movements and periods. In addition, it will require them to take a critical look at how Italian filmmakers have depicted Italian society from the 1920s to today. Students will examine some of the most representative films of Italian cinema in order to analyze the ways in which cultural and national identity have been portrayed and typified by Italian filmmakers. They will gain a wide perspective on Italian society, being exposed to a variety of cinematic and historical periods (cinema muto and Neorealism) and genres (the commedia all’italiana, the spaghetti western and the Italian horror), ending with an analysis of the most recent and compelling works on immigration and integration by contemporary directors. Taught in English. 3 credits.
ITA 453 — Dante and His Times
This course explores the cultural, historical, political, philosophical, theological, and linguistic perspectives that are at the heart of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Students analyze the ethical and moral principles in which Dante foregrounds his work and juxtapose them to contemporary society. Prerequisite: ITA 300 or its equivalent. 3 credits.
LEP Tier 2: Global Awareness (in English)
ITA220—Italian Food Culture
A critical examination of Italian food culture from a historical, socio-political and environmental perspective. Investigates the role that the production, preparation and consumption of food have played in the development of Italian and Italian American culture and identity. Considers food culture as manifestation of regional identity and explores issues of sustainability within a global context. In English. Fulfills the LEP Tier 2 Global Awareness requirement.