Italy has occupied a central place in the history of Western civilization from Roman antiquity to modernity, shaping our culture and civilization as we experience it here and now in important ways. Italian literature, history, and culture constitute a ubiquitous point of reference for disciplines across the arts, sciences and engineering curriculum, whether we are speaking of history, art, music, classics, archaeology, religion, English, Romance languages and cultures, film, political science, and engineering. Home to over 60 percent of the world’s art treasures, and literary masterpieces such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, Italian is the perfect complement for majors such as art history, literature, history, music, linguistics, and education.
Below is information on:
- Italian major requirements
- Italian minor requirements
- Italian clusters
- Study abroad
- Language placement
- Contact information
The Italian major comprises 11 courses in the following categories.
FOUNDATION COURSES (two, fulfill upper level writing)
- CLT 200: Topics in Critical Thinking
- CLT 389: MLC Research Seminar
CORE COURSES (five)
- IT 151: Intermediate Italian I
- IT 152: Intermediate Italian II
- IT 200: Advanced Italian Composition and Conversation
- IT 202: Introduction to Italian Culture in Italian
- IT 203: Introduction to Italian Literature in Italian
- IT 220: Dante's Divine Comedy: A Journey from Inferno to Paradise, Part l: Inferno and Purgatorio
ELECTIVE COURSES (four)
Students can choose any four courses among the following. At least one of these should be in literature prior to the 16th century.
- IT 107/IT 207: Italian in Italy (Summer Program)
- IT 221: Dante's Divine Comedy: A Journey from Inferno to Paradise, Part II: Purgatorio and Paradiso (in sequence with IT 220)
- IT 222: Boccaccio's Decameron - in translation
- IT 224B: Topics in Italian Culture (2 credits) – in Italian
- IT 224A: Topics in Italian Culture (4 credits) – in English
- IT 225: The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Discover the Wonders of a Medieval Mind – in translation
- IT 226: Between the Lines: Nature, Space, and Time in Italian Medieval Manuscripts of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio
- IT 226: Italy and the New World: Cultural Collisions and Cultural Exchanges (alternate content)
- IT 227: Women’s Power in Italian Art: Eros, Passions, and Business
- IT 229/FR 289/CLT 261/AH 288: Philosophy of Art
- IT 230: Italian Cities and their Civilization – in English
- IT 242: The Films of Pier Paolo Pasolini - in English
- IT 243: Postwar Italian Directors: Fellini, Antonioni, Cavani - English
- IT 245: Dante: A Multimedia Lab (visual & performing arts, music, film) – in English
- IT 247: Politics and Culture in Fascist Italy – in English
- IT 248: Modern Italy Through Film (Italian Film) – in English
- IT 250: IT 250: Love and War in the Modern Italian Novel - in English
Arezzo (Italy) Program Courses Eligible for Use as Electives in the Major:
- IT 111/IT 153: Italian Language: Elementary & Accelerated Italian
- IT 15H 226/CLA 223: Monuments of Ancient Italy: History, Structure, Form
- IT 228/HIS 228/CLT 207C: Modern Italian History in Arezzo
- IT 244/AH 244: Art, Architecture, and Literature in the Age of Dante and Beyond
- IT 223: History of Italian Theater – in Italian
Eastman School of Music Courses Eligible for Use as Electives in the Major:
- IT 224: Italian through Cinema – in Italian, Eastman School of Music
- IT 232/FS 232: Italian Neorealism: Cinema and Culture – in English
- IT 234/FS 234: Theories of Adaptation in Literature, Cinema, and Opera- in English
- IT 235: Viva V.E.R.D.l.! The Birth of Italy through Literature, Opera, and Popular
Culture – in English
- IT 282/FS 224: Introduction to Italian Codinema I – in English
- IT 282/FS 282: Modern Italy: Cities and Landscapes through Cinema, Music, and Literature – in English
Electives from Other Departments Eligible for Use as Electives in the Major:
- CLA 115: Roman World
- CLA 209: Ancient Roman Religion
- CLA 221: Classical Archaeology: Roman Art and Archaeology
- CLA 213: Roman Structures: Engineering in the Classical World
- HIS 107: The City: Contested Spaces
The minor in Italian requires five courses, usually starting with IT 151: Intermediate Italian I. This may include IT 152: Intermediate Italian II, IT 157/207: Italian in Italy, and a variety of other options from 200-level Italian courses.
Italian Studies on Location (H1IT001)
The cluster includes three courses at the 200 level in Italian and in other disciplines cross-listed with Italian. It also includes an Italian language course at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. It is designed for students who want to learn about Italian culture from an interdisciplinary perspective and on location. The program is interdivisional and focuses on various aspects of Italian Culture and Civilization.
Introduction to Italian Language and Culture (H1IT005)
The cluster provides a basic knowledge of Italian grammar and an introduction to Italian culture. The third course focuses on specific authors, periods, or problems in Italian Literature, Civilization, Intellectual and Cultural History.
Intermediate Italian Language and Culture (H1IT006)
This cluster is designed for students with basic knowledge of Italian grammar who want to enhance their speaking, listening, and writing skills in the context of contemporary Italian culture. The third course focuses on specific authors, periods, or problems in Italian Literature, Civilization, Intellectual and Cultural History.
Advanced Italian Language and Cultural Studies (H1IT007)
This cluster is designed for students who want to focus on both advanced language practice and Italian Literature, Civilization, Intellectual and Cultural History.
Italian Language (H1IT008)
The cluster is designed for students whose interest lies mainly in acquiring linguistic competence and basic cultural awareness.
Italian Culture and Civilization (H1IT009)
The cluster is designed for students who have minimal or no experience in Italian language and want to focus on Italian Civilization, Intellectual and Cultural History, and Italian Literature in translation.
This cluster offers the opportunity to read the Decameron in relation to the Classical and Scriptural tradition as well as to English medieval literature, medieval history, and medieval art.
This cluster is designed for students who wish to approach the Divine Comedy from an interdisciplinary perspective and who are interested in exploring the literary, historical, philosophical, religious, and artistic aspects of Medieval western tradition.
The Arezzo Program in the fall semester offers sixteen credits that may be applied toward the requirements for the minor in Italian or an individualized major in Italian studies.
Students may also study in the Italian summer program on the island of Procida or, in 2021, in a multi-disciplinary program marking the centennial of Dante's death in Poppi.
Students with previous experience with the Italian language should address questions about the placement process to Professor Teresa Murano (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students who have not studied Italian previously and who are not heritage speakers of Italian may register for IT 101 without taking a placement exam.
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