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Courses
ITAL 121 Intensive Elementary Italian
Units: 2
Description
Introduction to Italian language and culture; development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

ITAL 221 Intensive Intermediate Italian
Units: 2
Fulfills General Education Requirement (COM2)
Description
Active reinforcement and practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing, within contemporary cultural contexts.
Prerequisites
Italian 121.

ITAL 301 Italian Conversation through Cinema
Units: 1
Description
Development of effective communication through viewing and discussion of contemporary films.
Prerequisites
Italian 221 or permission of instructor.

ITAL 305 Writing in Italian Culture and Literature
Units: 1
Description
Development of writing, speaking, and comprehension. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing writing skills, vocabulary expansion, pronunciation, grammatical and communicative, both written and oral, accuracy.
Prerequisites
Italian 221 or permission of instructor.

ITAL 311 Italian Culture and Society
Units: 1
Description
Explores the social, cultural, economic, historical and political characteristics of various regions of Italy.
Prerequisites
Italian 221.

ITAL 312 Italian in the Media
Units: 1
Description
A dynamic exposure to Italian through its news media. By reading newspapers, listening to radio, watching television reports and visiting online sites, students will explore contemporary public affairs, from politics and economics to sports and the arts, in the "Bel Paese."
Prerequisites
Italian 221.

ITAL 315 Folklore and Legend in Northern Italy
Units: 1
Description
Comprehensive readings of numerous legends of the northernmost region of Italy, its languages (Italian, German, and Ladino), culture, geography, and history. Listening and comprehension skills alongside reading and writing will be developed in this course.
Prerequisites
Italian 221.

ITAL 321 Italian Literature in Context
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Introduction to Italian literature through analysis of selected works in their historical, aesthetic, sociopolitical, and other cultural contexts.
Prerequisites
Italian 305

ITAL 388 Individual Internship
Units: .5-1
Description
Internship experiences outside of the department in fields related to Italian studies. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

ITAL 389 Practice Assistantship
Units: .25
Description
Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequences in Italian. The practice assistantship does not count as course credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.
Prerequisites
Department approval.

ITAL 397 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Selected topics related to Italian culture and society, to be offered at the discretion of the department.
Prerequisites
Italian 221.

ITAL 406 Summer Undergraduate Research
Units: 0
Description
Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.
Prerequisites
Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

ITAL 411 Italian Identities: Sicily, Veneto and Tuscany
Units: 1
Description
Comparative investigation of Sicily, Veneto, and Tuscany through historical, literary, artistic, political, and other cultural perspectives.
Prerequisites
Italian 321.

ITAL 423 Le Tre Corone: Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio
Units: 1
Description
An exploration of Medieval Italian literature and culture, focusing on three of its most influential figures.
Prerequisites
Italian 321.

ITAL 425 Love and Family all'italiana
Units: 1
Description
Investigates the shifting importance and meaning of family in Italian culture through an encounter with literature, opera, and film.
Prerequisites
ITAL 305, ITAL 321 and 1 of the following: ITAL 301, 311, 312, 315

ITAL 453 Selected Readings in 19th and 20th Century Italian Literature and Culture
Units: 1
Description
Course topics will focus on various developments in Italian literature and culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Prerequisites
Italian 321.

ITAL 491 Honor Thesis I
Units: .5
Description
Research of a topic of interest, design of original thesis and draft a first version of the Honors Thesis under the supervision of a thesis advisor.
Prerequisites
Participation in departmental honors program.

ITAL 492 Honor Thesis II
Units: 1
Description
Completion of a 25-30 page honor thesis and presentation of research to Italian Studies Faculty.
Prerequisites
Participation in departmental honors program.

ITAL 495 Independent Study
Units: .5-1
Description
Special projects individually pursued under supervision of faculty member.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

ITAL 497 Selected Topics
Units: 1
Description
Special interest topics offered at department's discretion.
Prerequisites
ITAL 321