Italian Course Descriptions

IT 101-102 Beginning Italian I, II       3 CR each
Intended for beginning-level students. Emphasis on building communicative competence and oral proficiency. All four skill areas are covered including reading, writing, listening and speaking. An appreciation of Italian culture is integral to the course.  Multimedia tools (videos, CDs, Internet sources) enhance course.

IT 107-108 Beginning Italian Language & Culture in Italy I & II       3-4 CR each 
Beginning-level language courses taken in Italy. Students placed according to their level. Focus on oral and written expression. Study of Italian culture integral to the course.

IT 151–152 Intermediate Italian I, II       3 CR each
Continued emphasis on communicative competence and oral proficiency. Review and intensified study of grammar. Readings, vocabulary building, composition, listening comprehension, and conversation. Italian culture integral to course. Multimedia tools (videos, CDs, Internet sources) enhance course. Prerequisite for IT 151 is IT 102; IT 152 is IT 151; or placement

IT 157-158 Intermediate Italian Language & Culture in Italy I & II        3 CR each
Intermediate-level language courses taken in Italy. Students placed according to their level. Continued development of oral and written expression. Study of Italian culture integral to the course. 

IT 201-202 Topics in Italian Language and Culture I and II        3 CR each 
Designed to fortify proficiency in the various skill areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and cultural awareness. Prepares students for upper-division literature and culture classes. Includes complex grammar review and extensive writing in various styles and genres; cultural and literary readings; oral expression.Audiovisual and/or technological materials incorporated into class.  Prerequisite for IT 201 is IT 152 or placement. Prerequisite for IT 202 is IT 201 or placement.

IT 203 Advanced Conversation & Contemporary Issues        3 CR
Development of advanced proficiency and communicative competence through discussion of current events and contemporary issues. Varied readings (newspapers, magazines, technological sources) and activities (debates, skits). Prerequisites: IT 152 or placement.

IT 204 Explorations in Italian Film        3 CR
Key films in Italian Cinema. Depending on semester, either overview of tradition or focus on particular period/movement. Cultural and historical contexts of films. Improvement in critical and linguistic skills. Prerequisite: IT152

IT 251 Early Italian Writers          3 CR      
A survey of representative literary texts from the Middle Ages through the seventeenth century.Discussion of historical and cultural context. Several literary genres (novel, poetry, drama, etc.) treated. Critical techniques introduced. Taught in Italian.  Prerequisite: IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 252 Italian Writers Then and Now          3 CR
A survey of representative literary texts from the eighteenth century to the present day.  Discussion of historical and cultural context.  Both canonical and lesser-known works in several literary genres (novel, poetry, drama, autobiography, etc.).  Critical techniques introduced.  Taught in Italian. Prerequisite: IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 280 Italian Civilization and Culture          3 CR
Promotes understanding of the history and culture of Italians with emphasis on the arts, politics, language, thought and lifestyle. Readings, films, the visual arts and music are incorporated. Audiovisual and/or technological materials incorporated into class. Taught in Italian.
Prerequisite: IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 283 Franco–Italian Connections          3–4 CR
Content varies. Comparative course focusing on historical and cultural connections and contrasts between France and Italy. May treat particular period (war years, contemporary times). Can include literature, film, music and the visual arts. Taught in English with language-specific assignments for foreign language students.
Prerequisite: IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 290 The Italian Short Story          3 CR
Discussion of short story tradition in Italian literature. Stories by canonical authors and writers new to literary scene. Focus on literary technique and historical and cultural context of stories.
Prerequisite IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 353–359 Topics in Italian Film          3–4 CR
Content varies. Study of particular film directors, movements (Neorealism), periods and genres.
Prerequisite: IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 363–369 Topics in Italian Culture          3–4 CR
Content varies. Study of particular periods (Risorgimento), places, movements (Fascism) and representative individuals (politicians, artists).
Prerequisite: IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 371 Literary Travelers, Exiles, and Expatriates          3–4 CR
Treats literary representations of travel, exile and expatriation. Emphasis on works in a variety of genres including novel, autobiography and letters. Issues include life abroad and life in exile, bicultural and multicultural identity, displacement and subjectivity, bilingualism and confrontations with foreign cultures. May treat specific period.
Prerequisite: IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 372 Women Writers        3–4 CR
Treats literary works by Italian women in a variety of genres including novel, autobiography, drama, poetry and letters. Discussion of feminist literary criticism and theory. May treat specific period.
Prerequisite: IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 373–379 Topics in Italian Literature        3–4 CR
Content varies. Study of particular authors, movements, periods and genres (short story, drama).
Prerequisite: IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 380 Dante and the Italian Literary Tradition        3 CR
An advanced literature course focusing on Dante Alighieri’s Commedia, in particular the Inferno.  Also treats Dante’s influence on the Italian literary tradition through contemporary times. 
Prereq. IT 201 and 202 or placement.

IT 399 Independent Study        1-3 CR
Work on a special topic to be arranged with instructor who directs this work. Permission of the department chairperson is granted to qualified students in Italian on basis of written prospectus. By special arrangement.