Italian (ITAL)

ITAL 101 —  Elementary Italian 1 Course count: 1 

Designed for students with little or no knowledge of Italian language, this course provides an overview of basic Italian grammar with an emphasis on oral and written communication, listening comprehension, and reading. Five class hours weekly and laboratory practice.

Students who have taken any higher level ITAL course may not register for ITAL 101. No previous knowledge of language.

GPA units: 1.25

Common Area: Language Studies

Typically Offered: Annually Fall

ITAL 102 —  Elementary Italian 2 Course count: 1 

Designed for students with little or no knowledge of Italian language, this course provides an overview of basic Italian grammar with an emphasis on oral and written communication, listening comprehension, and reading. Five class hours weekly and laboratory practice.

Recommended prerequisite: ITAL 101 or equivalent. Students who have taken any higher level ITAL course may not register for ITAL 102.

GPA units: 1.25

Common Area: Language Studies

ITAL 103 —  Intensive Elementary Italian Course count: 1 

Students who have taken any higher level ITAL course may not register for ITAL 101. No previous knowledge of language.

GPA units: 1.25

Common Area: Language Studies

ITAL 201 —  Intermediate Italian 1 Course count: 1 

Provides a review of Italian grammar with an emphasis on oral and written communication. Students also read and discuss Italian literature and cultural material. Four class hours weekly and laboratory practice.

Prerequisite: Students must complete a language placement exam or ITAL 102 or ITAL 103 in order to enroll in this course.. Students who have taken any higher level ITAL course may not register for ITAL 201.

GPA units: 1

Common Area: Language Studies

Typically Offered: Annually Fall

ITAL 202 —  Intermediate Italian 2 Course count: 1 

Provides a review of Italian grammar with an emphasis on oral and written communication. Students also read and discuss Italian literature and cultural material. Four class hours weekly and laboratory practice.

Recommended prerequisite: ITAL 201 or equivalent. Students who have taken any higher level ITAL course may not register for ITAL 202.

GPA units: 1

Common Area: Language Studies

ITAL 260 —  Dante Course count: 1 

Examines the life and work of Dante Alighieri with a focus on his masterpiece, La Divina Commedia, which will be read in its entirety. A portrait of the political, social, cultural, and religious climate in which Dante wrote will be provided. Conducted in English with discussion group in Italian.

GPA units: 1

Common Area: Literature

Typically Offered: Annually Fall

ITAL 301 —  Italian Comp & Conv Course count: 1 

Offers students intensive oral and written practice in Italian language through an exploration of Italian culture. Authentic materials such as literary texts, newspaper and magazine articles, and video are utilized as a basis for class discussion and written compositions. Grammar is reviewed in context.

Prerequisite: Students must complete a language placement exam or ITAL 202 in order to enroll in this course. Students who have taken any higher level ITAL course may not register for ITAL 301.

GPA units: 1

Common Area: Language Studies

Typically Offered: Annually Fall

ITAL 323 —  Intro to Contemporary Italy Course count: 1 

Explores the history and the culture of Italy from Fascism to contemporary Italy, passing through the economic boom, the ¿Leaden Years,¿ and the Mafia. Along with historical and cultural information, students will read newspaper articles, letters, excerpts from novels and short stories from authors such as Calvino, Levi, and others. They will also see films by directors like Scola, e Sica, and Giordana.

Prerequisite: ITAL 301

GPA units: 1

ITAL 325 —  Boccaccio's Decameron Course count: 1 

A study of selected Novellas from Giovanni Boccaccios masterpiece, The Decameron. Students will learn about the culture, literary tradition, and language of 14th-century Italy. In addition to reading and analyzing the most important of Boccaccios one hundred stories, they will explore themes, such as merchant culture, the condition of women, and the art of the practical joke, that recur throughout the work. Students will also view selected episodes from Pasolinis homonymous film. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite: ITAL 301

GPA units: 1

Common Area: Literature

ITAL 370 —  Italian Philology Course count: 1 

The course aims to provide students with the elementary background knowledge needed to appreciate the relevance of a few, selected Medieval/Renaissance authors, along with an adequate knowledge of their works in terms of form, structure, style, imagery, and themes. Students will become familiar with the writings of Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Manetti, Bibbiena, Aretino, Machiavelli and other Renaissance authors. The course will also explore the history of the book throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance with particular emphasis on its development in Western culture. The course will also focus on the physical aspects of texts, their production, manufacture, authorship, publication, distribution, and reception. The course is intended 1) to develop students understanding of the creative context in which the texts originated, namely the world of the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance and its varying social contexts; 2) to introduce the terminology associated with the period; 3) to help students to develop critical approaches to the texts; 4) to learn how the physical and material formats of books have evolved over the time and 5) to understand the practice of manuscript creation, production, dissemination and reception in the larger social, economic and political context of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Prerequisite: ITAL 301 or equivalent.

GPA units: 1

Common Area: Language Studies

ITAL 411 —  Italian Renaissance Literature Course count: 1 

Representative works of the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries are studied in the context of Renaissance culture and history. Selected works by Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Leon Battista Alberti, Poliziano, and Castiglione will be studied. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite: ITAL 301 or equivalent

GPA units: 1

Common Area: Language Studies, Literature

Typically Offered: Every Third Year

ITAL 420 —  Twentieth Century Novel & World War 2 Course count: 1 

A study of 20th-century Italian narrative that focuses on the experience of the war. Topics include Fascist policies, the partisan resistance, the Holocaust and Italian Jews. Authors studied include Ignazio Silone, Giorgio Bassani, Cesare Pavese, Natalia Ginzburg, Primo Levi, and Renata Viganó. Students will also view and discuss films adapted from several of the works in class. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite: ITAL 301 or equivalent

GPA units: 1

Common Area: Historical Studies, Literature

ITAL 457 —  19th Century Novel Course count: 1 

Prerequisite: ITAL 301 or equivalent

GPA units: 1

ITAL 491 —  Tutorial Course count: 1 

Eligible third-year students may elect one or both of these courses only with the permission of the department chair. For students who have previously taken all other advanced courses offered in a given semester.

GPA units: 1

Typically Offered: Annually