Courses

Code Course Credits

ITA 131

Elementary Italian I

Offered: Fall Semester

Elementary Italian I is a course intended for students with no previous study of Italian or with very little knowledge of the language. Students who have taken Italian in high school are required to take the placement exam before enrolling in the class. Class work focuses on the acquisition of the oral-aural skills, speaking and listening. Readings on topics in Italian culture as well as frequent writing assignments are also an essential component of the course. ITA 131 is taught primarily in Italian. Out-of-class homework requires work with the Quia lab manual.

Prerequisite(s): Students who have taken Italian in high school are required to take a placement exam before being allowed to enroll in ITA 131.

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ITA 132

Elementary Italian II

Offered: Spring Semester

Elementary Italian II is a continuation of Italian 131. It aims at expanding the student’s competence with particular attention to oral and written communication. ITA 132 is conducted primarily in Italian and entails the study of all the basic structures of the language with practice in conversation, reading, and writing. Class participation is encouraged through role-play, group work and songs. Out-of-class homework requires work with the Quia lab manual.

Prerequisite(s): ITA 131.

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ITA 231

Intermediate Italian I

Offered: Fall Semester

For students who continue to study Italian after ITA 132 or who are placed at the Intermediate Level. Intermediate Italian I is a continued study of vocabulary, grammar and syntax with emphasis on more advanced structures. It entails a selection of readings on cultural and social topics and relies on class discussions and communicative activities. Students are required use an online lab manual. The class is conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite(s): ITA 132or placement.
This course counts towards the minor in Italian Studies.

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ITA 232

Intermediate Italian II

Offered: Spring Semester

Intermediate Italian II is a continuation of Italian 231. It aims at expanding the student's competence with particular attention to oral and written communication. The course focuses on the acquisition of more advanced language structures with practice in conversation, reading, and writing. Class participation is encouraged through dialogs, individual presentations, group work and songs. Out-of-class homework requires work with the Quia lab manual. The class is conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite(s): ITA 231.
This course counts towards the minor in Italian Studies.

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ITA 251

Italy: Language and Identity

Offered: Fall Semester

For students who continue to study Italian after ITA 232 or who are placed at the upper intermediate level. ITA 251 is designed to refine and apply language skills in writing, speaking, reading and listening beyond the Intermediate level. Topics on regional and national identity serve as a context for language acquisition and grammar review. Students investigate what constitutes the Italian identity through the study of authentic texts and Internet resources. Class projects involve individual research about the history, art and popular culture of contemporary Italy.

Prerequisite(s): Placement at the upper intermediate level.
This course counts towards the minor in Italian Studies and may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

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ITA 252

Italian Conversation and Composition

Offered: Spring Semester

ITA 252 is designed to strengthen speaking and writing skills through advanced vocabulary acquisition, listening comprehension and the analysis of short texts. Activities include discussions on cultural readings, conversations on current events as well as group and individual oral reports. Students write weekly compositions and use online collaboration tools such as blogs.

Prerequisite(s): ITA 251, or instructor permission.
This course counts towards the minor in Italian Studies.

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ITA 337

Contemporary Italy Through Film

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

For students who continue to study Italian after ITA 232, or ITA 252or who are placed beyond the Intermediate Level. This class provides an understanding of contemporary Italian society and culture by viewing, reflecting on, and discussing Italian films of the last sixty years. The class will analyze 8 films, learning their context and through them the key events that have shaped the national identity of Italy. Students will read a selection of essays on Italian cinema and complete writing assignments and oral presentations.

Prerequisite(s): ITA 232, ITA 252or placement.
This course counts towards the minor in Italian Studies.

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ITA 338

Italian Culture and Civilization

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

A broad overview of Italian culture from the Middle Ages to the present, highlighting key historical and literary developments of each century with an interdisciplinary perspective. Students in ITA 338 become familiar with a variety of texts from different fields of knowledge, including art history. Class work entails class presentations and research papers in Italian.

Prerequisite(s): ITA 337or Instructor permission.
This course counts towards the minor in Italian Studies.

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ITA 490

Directed Study: Selected Topics in Italian

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Directed Studies are granted on a variety of topics, which are usually selected at the recommendation of the professor. Students should have completed at least two semesters of 200-level Italian courses before doing a Directed Study. Preference is given to students who have already declared a Minor in Italian Studies.

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level Italian classes, or Consent of the Professor Daria Valentini, Italian Studies Program Director.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.

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