Undergraduate Courses

All current offerings are below. This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Complete course registration information can be found on the SIS website.

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Italian through Food
AS.210.106 (01)

This beginner’s course will help you develop foundational linguistic skills in Italian while offering an overview of Italian food cultures, both past and present. By the end of this course, you will be able to navigate everyday situations (e.g. ordering a meal at a restaurant, describing your favorite dishes, talking about likes and dislikes) entirely in Italian, and will develop an appreciation for the history of Italian cuisine. Upon completion of this course, students will be allowed to register for AS210.152 (Italian Elements II) in the Spring term.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Proietti, Leonardo
  • Room: Gilman 381
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Italian through Food
AS.210.106 (02)

This beginner’s course will help you develop foundational linguistic skills in Italian while offering an overview of Italian food cultures, both past and present. By the end of this course, you will be able to navigate everyday situations (e.g. ordering a meal at a restaurant, describing your favorite dishes, talking about likes and dislikes) entirely in Italian, and will develop an appreciation for the history of Italian cuisine. Upon completion of this course, students will be allowed to register for AS210.152 (Italian Elements II) in the Spring term.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Zannirato, Alessandro
  • Room: Shaffer 300
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Italian Elements I
AS.210.151 (01)

By the end of the academic year, you will be able to meet basic needs in an Italian-only environment. Examples include introducing yourself, asking for and giving directions, ordering a meal at a restaurant, describing and asking information about places and people, and engaging in a simple phone conversation.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Zannirato, Alessandro
  • Room: Gilman 413
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Italian Elements I
AS.210.151 (02)

By the end of the academic year, you will be able to meet basic needs in an Italian-only environment. Examples include introducing yourself, asking for and giving directions, ordering a meal at a restaurant, describing and asking information about places and people, and engaging in a simple phone conversation.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Zannirato, Alessandro
  • Room: Gilman 377
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 17/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Accelerated Italian for Advanced Speakers of other Romance Languages
AS.210.175 (01)

This one-semester course is designed as an accelerated introductory course for advanced speakers of other Romance languages (e.g. Catalan, French, Portuguese, Spanish). Students will develop basic listening, reading, writing, speaking, and interactional skills in Italian. This course covers the equivalent of the regular-track Italian Elements I (AS.210.151) and II (AS.210.152) courses. Students completing this class with a grade of B or higher may enroll in Intermediate Italian I (AS.210.251). May not be taken on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Staff, Zannirato, Alessandro
  • Room: Hodson 311
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate Italian I
AS.210.251 (01)

Intermediate Italian I and II (AS210.251/2): All This course sequence will reinforce your ability to engage in complex daily tasks, and will introduce you to more formal academic and real-world topics. By the end of the academic year, you will be able to write a strong résumé and cover letter in the European format, sit a job interview in Italian, and participate in debates on simple topics. You will also read five engaging short stories, watch five Italian films, and discuss topics such as emigration and immigration from/to Italy, the protection of the environment, and the history of the Italian South.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Zannirato, Alessandro
  • Room: Gilman 413
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate Italian I
AS.210.251 (02)

Intermediate Italian I and II (AS210.251/2): All This course sequence will reinforce your ability to engage in complex daily tasks, and will introduce you to more formal academic and real-world topics. By the end of the academic year, you will be able to write a strong résumé and cover letter in the European format, sit a job interview in Italian, and participate in debates on simple topics. You will also read five engaging short stories, watch five Italian films, and discuss topics such as emigration and immigration from/to Italy, the protection of the environment, and the history of the Italian South.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Zannirato, Alessandro
  • Room: Krieger 180
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced Italian I
AS.210.351 (01)

This highly interactive course focuses on complex historical and contemporary themes, and is ideal, among others, for students who are specializing in international studies, medicine, psychology, and cognitive science. Students will be able to analyze authentic texts and audiovisual materials on topics including the history of the Sicilian mafia, mental health and the deinstitutionalization movement in Italy, Europe and Italy in the 1960s-1980s, the role of curiosity and amazement in scientific discovery and art, and intercultural differences around hilarity.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Zannirato, Alessandro
  • Room: Hodson 213
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Black Italy
AS.211.423 (01)

Over the last three decades Italy, historically a country of emigrants—many of whom suffered from discrimination in the societies they joined—became a destination for hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from various countries, and particularly from Africa. Significant numbers of these immigrants came to Italy as a result of the country’s limited, though violent colonial history; others arrive because Italy is the closest entry-point to Europe. How have these migratory flows challenged Italian society’s sense of itself? How have they transformed the notion of Italian national identity? In recent years, growing numbers of Afro- and Afro-descendant writers, filmmakers, artists and Black activists are responding through their work to pervasive xenophobia and racism while challenging Italy’s self-representation as a ‘White’ country. How are they forcing it to broaden the idea of ‘Italianess’? How do their counternarratives compel Italy to confront its ignored colonial past? And, in what way have Black youth in Italy embraced the #Blacklivesmatter movement? This multimedia course examines representation of blackness and racialized otherness, whiteness, and national identity through literary, film, and visual archival material in an intersectional framework. Examining Italy’s internal, ‘Southern question,’ retracing Italy’s colonial history, and recognizing the experiences of Italians of immigrant origins and those of immigrants themselves, we’ll explore compelling works by writers and filmmakers such as Igiaba Scego, Gagriella Ghermandi, Maza Megniste, Dagmawi Yimer, and others.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Di Bianco, Laura
  • Room: Krieger 170
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/10
  • PosTag(s): MLL-ENGL, INST-CP, INST-GLOBAL

Renaissance Witches and Demonology
AS.211.477 (01)

Who were the witches? Why were they persecuted for hundreds of years? Why were women identified as the witches par excellence? How many witches were put to death between 1400 and 1800? What traits did European witch-mythologies share with other societies? After the witch-hunts ended, how did “The Witch” go from being “monstrous” to being “admirable” and even “sexy”? Answers are found in history and anthropology, but also in medicine, theology, literature, folklore, music, and the visual arts, including cinema.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephens, Walter E
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 24/50
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary Literature
AS.214.363 (01)

How do cinema and literature give expression to the many identities seeking their voices after the long silence imposed by dictatorship? How can literature foster an imagery that reinvents a problematic past and constructs a reasonable future? This course aims to follow Italian politics and society as expressed in major literary, cinematographic and musical works since World War Two. For over seventy years, Italian culture has promoted a common cultural background and developed a new national self-consciousness that fights to emancipate itself from the rigid hierarchies and boastful rhetoric of Fascism to express the complex reality of a modern, eclectic country comprising multiple regions and ethnicities. We will explore topics such as Fascism, the Resistance and the Shoah, politics, class, gender and the representation of minorities, repression and the fight for emancipation, and migration. One major topic will be psychiatry, self-representation and the search for identity. Primary texts include classics of 20th-and 21st-century Italian literature and cinema by Antonio Gramsci, Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italo Calvino, Ignazio Silone, Leonardo Sciascia, Carla Lonzi, Alexander Langer, Elena Ferrante and others. Students wishing to do coursework in Italian for major/minor credit should register for AS.214.363.02.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Di Bianco, Laura, Fabris, Alberto
  • Room: Gilman 443
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.210.106 (01)Italian through FoodMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMProietti, LeonardoGilman 381
AS.210.106 (02)Italian through FoodMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMZannirato, AlessandroShaffer 300
AS.210.151 (01)Italian Elements IMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMZannirato, AlessandroGilman 413
AS.210.151 (02)Italian Elements IMWF 12:00PM - 12:50PMZannirato, AlessandroGilman 377
AS.210.175 (01)Accelerated Italian for Advanced Speakers of other Romance LanguagesTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMStaff, Zannirato, AlessandroHodson 311
AS.210.251 (01)Intermediate Italian IMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMZannirato, AlessandroGilman 413
AS.210.251 (02)Intermediate Italian IMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMZannirato, AlessandroKrieger 180
AS.210.351 (01)Advanced Italian IMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMZannirato, AlessandroHodson 213
AS.211.423 (01)Black ItalyTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMDi Bianco, LauraKrieger 170MLL-ENGL, INST-CP, INST-GLOBAL
AS.211.477 (01)Renaissance Witches and DemonologyTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMStephens, Walter E 
AS.214.363 (01)Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary LiteratureMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMDi Bianco, Laura, Fabris, AlbertoGilman 443GRLL-ENGL