Department of Italian
Course Descriptions
* Italian Culture (1), (2)
Provides an overview of Italian culture as a foundation for future studies, with a brief introduction to its history, customs, life philosophy, and art.

* Elementary Italian (A/V) (1), (2)

Cultivates basic Italian conversational proficiency through various media such as video, audio, films, and slides.

* Readings in Elementary Italian (1), (2)
Lays the foundation for learning basic Italian through instruction of pronunciation, grammar, and sentence structure.

*Elementary Italian Grammar (1), (2)
Deals with basic Italian grammar and usage with a particular emphasis on parts of speech and syntax for easier acquisition of the language.

* Readings in Italian Prose (1), (2)
Focuses on increasing vocabulary and writing skills by reading Italian novels, essays, articles, and other general prose. The course progresses until the students arrive at a level of proficiency sufficient for information search on the Internet.

* Intermediate Italian (A/V) (1), (2)

Where as the elementary-level course was centered on basic conversation and listening practice, the intermediate course is focused on verbal communication and listening comprehension on a deeper level.

* Readings in Intermediate Italian (1), (2)
Consists of reading Italian short stories and exceptionally well-written sentences for a more general understanding of the language.

* Intermediate Italian Language Lab (1), (2)
Practices accurate pronunciation and communication through repetitive listening and speaking exercises.

* Intermediate Italian Composition (1), (2)

This course is for students who have completed elementary-level Italian. Teaches intermediate-level grammar and practices writing using basic sentence types.

* Advanced Italian Composition
Teaches Italian syntax to students who have completed intermediate-level composition. Students practice writing using various sentence types.

* Advanced Italian Conversation (1), (2)
Goes beyond audio-visual or lab practice to focus on discussion of more in-depth and complicated subject matters.

* History of Italian Literature
Studies the different literary periods, thoughts, and writers of Italian literature from its origin to the early 18th century as a basis for studying Italian literature.

* Studies of Italian Novels
Of the Italian literary works, the course focuses on novels and an understanding of artistic trend, themes, styles, and contemporary influence.

* History of Italy
Reviews the history of Italy from post-Middle Ages to Unification to the modern age.

* Studies of Italian Politics & Society
Examines Italian sociopolitical phenomena from a theoretical perspective.

* Italian FLEX (1), (2)
This course prepares students for FLEX as part of the foreign language certification system and provides students skills that can improve Italian.

* 20th Century Italian Literature
Studies the various 20th century literary thought, artistic trends, and writers’ activities.

* Seminar on Italian Literature
This course follows “History of Italian Literature,” studied during the first semester. While “History of Italian Literature” is essentially an explanation of literature from ancient times to the 15th century, looking at various writers and periods, the “Seminar on Italian Literature” focuses on summarizing Italian literature from the 17th to 19th century, looking at various writers, periods, and trends. This course will particularly focus on Baroque, the Wars of Religion, classicism, the French revolution, romanticism, and Italian unification.

* Seminar on Italian Culture
Students learn the theoretical and methodological characteristics of Italian cultural phenomena from the perspective of cultural studies.

* Introduction to Italian Linguistics
Studies Italian phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and other basic linguistic elements.

* Studies of Italian Areas
The course is an in-depth study of Italian customs, practices, and social conditions.

* Practice in Italian Conversation
Goes beyond audio-visual or lab practice to focus on discussion of more in-depth and complicated subject matters.

* Italian Writers
Studies the lives and literary theories of prominent writers in Italian literary history.

* Studies of Italian Criticism
Examines the trends, critical theories, themes, writing styles, and prosody of contemporary Italian literature.

* Studies of Dante
This course deals with Dante’s life and his most representative literary works.

* Italian Modern Literature
Focuses on understanding the literary trend of the 19th century Italian Romanticism with a spotlight on the effect the Risorgimento Movement of the age had on national consciousness. Studies the literary worlds of such representative writers as Leopardi and Manzoni to gain an understanding of modern Italian literature.

* Readings in History of Italian Thought

Through the study of original texts, the course looks into the philosophies of the various thinkers who have dominated Italian thought since the Renaissance.

* Italian Literary Works
Develops an understanding of Italian literature as a whole through thematic and stylistic analysis of the works of writers studied in the Italian Writers course.

* Studies of Italian Drama
Studies the development process of Italian drama and its various forms.