Course Descriptions

ITA 1111 Introductory Italian I

Description:  Groundwork in Italian, including oral proficiency, aural comprehension and reading for students with no prior knowledge of Italian. Supplementary language laboratory work and oral drills. 

ITA 1112 Introductory Italian II

Description:  Groundwork in Italian, including oral proficiency, aural comprehension and reading for students with no prior knowledge of Italian. Supplementary language laboratory work and oral drills. 

ITA 1121 Intermediate Italian I

Description:  Review of grammar, composition, reading and conversation. Students should have completed ITA 1111 and 1112 or the equivalent. 

ITA 1122 Intermediate Italian II

Description:  Review of grammar, composition, reading and conversation. Students should have completed ITA 1121 or the equivalent. 

ITA 1131 Conversation & Composition I

Description:  Intensive practice in conversation and composition with emphasis on developing advance language skills in Italian. Students should have completed ITA 1121 and 1122 or the equivalent. 

ITA 1132 Conversation & Composition II

Description:  Further practice in conversation and composition with focus on advanced proficiency in Italian. Students should have completed ITA 1131 or the equivalent. 

ITA 1138 Advanced Grammar

Description:  Intensive practice of spoken and written Italian.

ITA 1140 Writing & Stylistics in Ita.

Description:  Intensive practice in written expression and textual analysis. Compositions are modeled on selected Italian texts. 

ITA 1141 Italian in business

Description: An introduction to Italian business terminology and discourse related to economic, finance, and management

ITA 1143 Readings in Italian Literature

Description:  Readings in fiction, verse and drama representing various literary currents and personalities from the Renaissance to modern times. 

ITA 2211 Italian Lit. and Culture I

Introduction to Italian literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. A required course for majors. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent.  

ITA 2212 Italian Lit and Culture II

Introduction to Italian literature and culture from the Baroque to the 20th century. A required course for majors. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent

ITA 2222 Italians in America

Description:  Introduction to the cinematographic and literary images of Italians and Italian-Americans, from the great emigration to the present.

ITA 2223 Italian Culture

Description:  Study of Italian culture in its manifold aspects: geography, history, literature.

ITA 2225 Italian Music

Description: The interaction of musical performance and poetry (from opera to contemporary songwriting) and the role of music in Italian society.

ITA 2314 Italian Poetry

Description:  A selection of masterpieces of Italian poetry from the origins to the present.

ITA 2324 Women in Italy

Description:  Literary works from the Medieval period to modern times. The role of the woman in Italian culture through the eyes of such literary geniuses as Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. Satisfies requirements towards major and minor in Italian. Satisfies the core requirement for advanced literature level 2100 or above. 

ITA 3064  Staging Italian Theatre

Description:  Reading and staging of a theatrical piece in Italian.  The course includes grammar review, critical interpretation and production of the text. Writing Enriched

ITA 3074 Intro to Italian cinema

Description: A critical introduction to the masterpieces of the Italian cinema from  De Sica and Fellini to Tornatore and Sorrentino.

ITA 3075 Italy through Film

Description:  A culturally-oriented course using the film medium to explore various aspects of Italian society from WWII to the present.

ITA 3285 Italy and Europe

Description: The contribution and role of Italy in the European politics, economy, and culture, from its making as a nation to the present.

ITA 3286 Italian philosophy

Description: An introduction to Italian philosophical thought (Galileo, Vico, Rosmini, Gentile) from the modern age to the present.

ITA 3365 The Italian Theatre

Description:  A selection of masterpieces of Italian theatre, from the Renaissance to modern times.

ITA 3366 Italian Opera

Description:  Introduction to Italian opera from Monteverdi to Verdi and Puccini. 

ITA 3412 Special Topics

Description:  Advanced study of topics of special interest in Italian literary and/or cultural studies. May be repeated for credit if topic changes.

ITA 3455 Dante's Divine Comedy

Description:  Selected readings in Italian from Dante's masterpiece. 

ITA 3545 Petrarca and Boccaccio

Description:  The major works of Francesco Petrarca and Giovanni Boccaccio. Students should have completed ITA 1131 and 1132 or the equivalent. 

ITA 3625 The Italian Renaissance

Description:  Writers, artists, intellectuals of the Humanistic age and of the Renaissance. Students should have completed ITA 1131 and 1132 or the equivalent. 

ITA 3725 The Italian Baroque

Description: An introduction to the poetics and the main artists of the Italian Baroque. Caravaggio, Bernini, Galileo, Marino, Vico, commedia dell’arte, opera.

ITA 3824 Classics and Romantics

Description: An overview of Italy’s culture in the 18th and 19th centuries: neo-Classicism, Romanticism (Foscolo, Leopardi, Manzoni) and Risorgimento.

ITA 3925 Italian Modernism

Description:  Literature and art of the 20th century. Futurism, avant-gardes, Pirandello, De Chirico, Calvino and postmodernism.

ITA 3970 Research Seminar

Description:  Concentrated study on one aspect of Italian literature chosen by the instructor. Immersion in primary and secondary materials and introduction to principles and techniques of literary research and bibliography ultimately leading to the writing of the research paper. Required for majors. Open to all advanced students. Students should have completed ITA 1132 or the equivalent. 

ITA 5900 Independent Study