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Courses Offered

A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be offered is based on the best projection of the department and can be subject to change.

Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.

All courses are taught in Italian unless indicated otherwise.


101. Elementary Italian I.

The aim of this course is to develop basic language skills in Italian, including speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing, with particular emphasis on communication. The course also provides an introduction to contemporary Italy and its artistic, literary, cinematic and culinary traditions. Offered every Fall.                     Bertini-Jones, Pomponio

101. Elementary Italian II.

Continuation of ITA 110. Prerequisite: ITA 110 or placement. Offered every Spring.                                     S. Lerner, Pomponio

201. Intermediate Italian Language and Culture I. (LS)

A continuation of the study of the Italian language, emphasizing speaking, listening, reading and writing. Combines comprehensive grammar review with more in-depth study of Italian culture, based on films, short stories, poems and songs. Prerequisite: ITA 111 or placement. Offered every Fall.                                                                  Bertini-Jones, Ciceri

202. Intermediate Italian Language and Culture II. (LS)

The continuation of ITA 201, this course further develops language skills with an increased emphasis on analytic thinking and writing, as well as oral communication. It completes the presentation of the principal grammatical structures begun in the previous semester while continuing the examination of Italian culture through literary texts, songs, and films. Prerequisite: ITA 201 or placement. Offered every Spring.                                                                                                                   Bertini-Jones

310. Introduction to Italian Literary Studies. (H)

An introduction to literary studies in Italian. Particular authors and themes will vary (Recently: the Italian detective novel, readings by Leonardo Sciascia and Carlo Lucarelli.) Complementary study of advanced Italian grammar. Prerequisite: ITA 202 or placement.                                                                                                                                      Pomponio

360. Italian Literary and Cultural Studies I:

From the Risorgimento to the Present. (H)

Provides a broad overview of modern Italian culture and history and includes studies in the 20th-century short story (Verga, Pirandello, Calvino, Levi) and cinema (Visconti, Benigni, Giordana). Advanced study of spoken and written Italian and selected topics in grammar. Prerequisite: ITA 310 or placement.                                                                           S. Lerner

366. Italian Cinema. (A)

Introduction to Italian film history, with an emphasis on the relationship between cinema and society and culture. May include influential auteurs (Visconti, De Sica, Antonioni, Pasolini, Fellini) and movements (Neorealism, cinema politico), as well as popular forms (commedia all’italiana), genre films, experimental filmmaking, and documentary. Taught in Italian. Prerequisite: ITA 310. Same as TDF 366.          G. Lerner

391. Directed Reading.

410. Italian Literary and Cultural Studies II. (H)

Studies in classical Italian poetry and prose (authors have included Dante, Boccaccio, Manzoni, Collodi, Pirandello and D’Annunzio). Advanced spoken and written Italian, selected topics in grammar. Prerequisite: ITA 360.           S. Lerner

490. Independent Study.