Courses in Italian

A ITA 100 Elementary Italian I (4)
Beginner's course. Fundamentals of language structure and sounds; emphasis on correct pronunciation and oral expression, graded readings. May not be taken for credit by students who have taken three years of high school Italian or passed the Regents examination within the past five years. Language courses must be taken in sequence. A student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. Prerequisite(s): for beginners, none; for students with high school Italian, placement.

A ITA 101 Elementary Italian II (4)
Continuation of A ITA 100. Fundamentals of language structure and sounds, emphasis on correct pronunciation and oral expression, and graded readings. . Language courses must be taken in sequence. A student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 100 or placement.

A ITA 103 Intermediate Italian I (4)
Modern Italian readings. Review of Italian grammar, composition and conversation. Language courses must be taken in sequence. A student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 101 or placement.

A ITA 104 Intermediate Italian II (4)
Continuation of modern Italian readings, review of Italian grammar, composition and conversation. Language courses must be taken in sequence. A student may not earn graduation credit for a lower-level course taken concurrently with a higher-level course or after receiving credit for a higher-level course in the sequence. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 103 or placement.

A ITA 206 Intermediate Conversation and Oral Grammar (3)
Primary emphasis on speaking skills. May be taken simultaneously with A ITA 207. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 104.

A ITA 207 Intermediate Composition and Written Grammar (3)
Primary emphasis on writing skills. May be taken simultaneously with A ITA 206. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 104 or placement.

A ITA 213 The Italian-American Experience (3)
This course explores the historical and cultural background of the Italian immigrants in the United States along with the development of major themes in the Italian American life. Conducted in English. May not be offered in 2017-2018.

A ITA 223 Introduction to Literary Methods (3)
Textual exposition of readings selected according to genre, with an introduction to literary terminology and writing. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 104. May not be offered in 2017-2018.

A ITA 301Z Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
Intensive practice in speaking and writing in Italian. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 207.

A ITA 313 Throughout the Ages: Gender, Ideas, and Writing In Italy from 1100 to 1900 (3)
Selected readings from medieval poetry, including the Scuola Siciliana, the Dolce Stil Novo, Dante’s Divine Comedy, the production of medieval women writers, excerpts from Petrarch’s love and political poetry, and Boccaccio’s Decameron. An overview of the Renaissance, of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, the Romanticism, and the Modern Age literary developments, examined through their most relevant feminine and masculine voices, with particular emphasis on the school of women poets and novelists of the Italian Novecento. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 233 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2017-2018.

A ITA 315 Italian Civilization: From the Etruscans to Galileo (3)
An introduction to Italian culture from the Etruscans to ancient Rome and Pompeii; from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, with emphasis on the contributions of Dante, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Galileo, and the struggle between church and state. Offered in English.

A ITA 316 Contemporary Italy: From the Unification to the Present (3)
A study of the cultural manifestations of the sociopolitical changes in modern Italy: from the Risorgimento to the formation of one nation; the rise and fall of Fascism; social developments in contemporary Italy--political parties, trade unions, media, religion and education. Offered in English. May not be offered in 2017-2018.

A ITA 318 Italian Cinema (3)
This course deals with a study of the work of Rosselini, Visconti, De Sica, Fellini, Antonioni, Pasolini, Bertolucci and others. It examines the way fiction and themes taken from Italian life have been rendered in cinematic form during the past 35+ years. Offered in English. May not be offered in 2017-2018.      

A ITA 325 The Italian Short Story (3)
Representative Italian short stories with emphasis on specific characteristics of the genre. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 301. May not be offered in 2017-2018.

A ITA 350 Contemporary Italian Society (3)
This course will offer an overview of the Italian society of today through an analysis of its major cultural, economic, and socio-political issues. Among the topics examined will be the question of the language, the regional identify, the Italian political system, the economic development, the position of Italy in the European community and the function of the media. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the changes that have occurred in Italy during the last four decades. Audio-visual material, articles from newspapers and magazines, and excerpts of contemporary Italian literature will be used as ancillary material and will provide the basis for lectures and class discussions. Class is conducted in English. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 301Z or permission of instructor.

A ITA 397 Independent Study in Italian (2–4)
Study by a student in an area of special interest not treated in currently offered courses. Work performed under direction of a professor chosen by the student on a topic approved by the program. May be repeated once for credit with special departmental approval. Prerequisite(s): A ITA 313. May not be offered in 2017-2018.

A ITA 441 Women, Men, Love, and Politics of the Italian Renaissance (3)
The course will focus on the themes of femininity and the ideas of love, politics, and society, filtered through the voices of some of the women writers of the Italian Renaissance, such as: Tullia D’Aragona, Gaspara Stampa, Vittoria Colonna, Chiara Matraini, Veronica Franco, Isabella DiMorra, as well as through the voices of their masculine counterparts (Sannazaro, Ficino, Ariosto, Bembo, Machiavelli, Tasso). Prerequisite(s): A ITA 313 or permission of instructor. May not be offered in 2017-2018.

A ITA 444 Topics in Italian Language and Literature (2–3)
Selected works of Italian language or literature not covered by other undergraduate courses offered by the program. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Consult current schedule of classes for topic and prerequisite. May not be offered in 2017-2018.