Undergraduate Courses

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

To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog.

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 pogram, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Intermediate Italian I

Taught in Italian. Course continues building on the four essential skills for communication presented in Italian Elements courses (listening, speaking, reading, writing) on topics of increasing complexity. Course adopts a continuous assessment system. May not be taken Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Italian Elements I

This is a four-credit course, and Italian Elements II (AS.210.152) must be completed in the Spring to receive credit. The aim of the course is to provide students with basic listening, reading, writing, speaking and interactional skills in the language. All classes are conducted in Italian; oral participation is strongly encouraged from the beginning. Students wishing to retain credits for Italian Elements I must complete Italian Elements II with a passing grade. No Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 17/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Accelerated Italian Elements I for Advanced Spanish Speakers

Course draws on the many similarities between Spanish and Italian to help students develop basic listening, reading, writing, speaking, and interactional skills in Italian in an accelerated fashion. The content of the course is highly communicative, and students are constantly presented with real-life, task-based activities. Course is taught in Spanish and Italian. Students completing both semesters with a grade of A- or higher will be able to place into Advanced Italian I (AS.210.351)

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Closed
  • Seats Available: 12/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Italian Elements I

This is a four-credit course, and Italian Elements II (AS.210.152) must be completed in the Spring to receive credit. The aim of the course is to provide students with basic listening, reading, writing, speaking and interactional skills in the language. All classes are conducted in Italian; oral participation is strongly encouraged from the beginning. Students wishing to retain credits for Italian Elements I must complete Italian Elements II with a passing grade. No Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate Italian I

Taught in Italian. Course continues building on the four essential skills for communication presented in Italian Elements courses (listening, speaking, reading, writing) on topics of increasing complexity. Course adopts a continuous assessment system. May not be taken Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced Italian I

Course presents a systematic introduction to a variety of complex cultural and historical topics related to present-day Italy, emphasizing intercultural comparisons and interdisciplinarity, and encouraging a personal exploration of such topics. Course adopts a continuous assessment system (no mid-term and no final), and is conducted entirely in Italian. Year course; must complete both semesters for credit. No Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option. Language Program Director: Alessandro Zannirato

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Made in Italy: Italian style in context

Italy and the “Italian style” have become synonym of exquisite taste, class, and elegance thanks to the quality of Italian craftsmanship. This course will explore some of the major factors that contributed to the rise of Italian fashion and Italian industrial design as iconic all around the world. The classes will focus on the main protagonists and art movements that influenced the development of Italian style. We will analyze trends, clothing, and style not only in a historical context, but also through a critical apparatus that will include themes related to gender, culture, power, and politics. The course is taught in English. No knowledge of Italian is required, but those who can read in Italian will have an opportunity to do so. Everyone will learn some Italian words and expressions.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/18
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-ITAL, INST-GLOBAL

Topics in French Cinema: Amour, Sexualité, Mariage

What is the nature of desire? Where does it come from, and what determines and conditions it? What do we fall in love with when we fall in love? An exploration of a series of films that ask essential questions about the psychological, political, and social stakes of human love, desire and sexuality, and about the institution of marriage. Focus on discussion and analyses of film sequences in class and on oral presentations. Students will have the opportunity to progress in vocabulary and oral expression. Films studied include works of Truffaut, Godard, Bunuel, Kechiche, Haneke, Breillat and Audiard. Requirements for this course: completion of 210.301, 201.302, or equivalent score on Placement test.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Italian Elements I

This is a four-credit course, and Italian Elements II (AS.210.152) must be completed in the Spring to receive credit. The aim of the course is to provide students with basic listening, reading, writing, speaking and interactional skills in the language. All classes are conducted in Italian; oral participation is strongly encouraged from the beginning. Students wishing to retain credits for Italian Elements I must complete Italian Elements II with a passing grade. No Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary Literature

Marvels, Monsters, Misfits, Brutes: Peripheries of the Human in Italian Literature. Where does the human end and the non-human—or in-human—begin? Who—or what—inhabits the peripheries of the human? And what conditions beget those peripheries in the first place? This course will examine how Italian thinkers and creatives have grappled with these questions over the past 150 years, a period during which Italy and its citizens have witnessed both great growth and great turbulence. The first half of the course, “Marvels & Monsters,” will focus on works that challenge the division between humans and the (super)natural world through fantastic creatures and landscapes. The second half, “Misfits & Brutes,” will turn to the question of social peripheries: that is, how literature has given voice to the marginalized and dehumanized in Italy. We will explore topics like Fascism, the Holocaust, the Southern Question, the mafia, Italian environmentalism, Italian feminism, and Mediterranean immigration. Primary texts include poems, novels, plays, films, songs, and music videos; authors include Leopardi, Verga, Pirandello, Morante, Fellini, Calvino, Levi, Sorrentino, and Scego. 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
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 8/8
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary Literature

Marvels, Monsters, Misfits, Brutes: Peripheries of the Human in Italian Literature. Where does the human end and the non-human—or in-human—begin? Who—or what—inhabits the peripheries of the human? And what conditions beget those peripheries in the first place? This course will examine how Italian thinkers and creatives have grappled with these questions over the past 150 years, a period during which Italy and its citizens have witnessed both great growth and great turbulence. The first half of the course, “Marvels & Monsters,” will focus on works that challenge the division between humans and the (super)natural world through fantastic creatures and landscapes. The second half, “Misfits & Brutes,” will turn to the question of social peripheries: that is, how literature has given voice to the marginalized and dehumanized in Italy. We will explore topics like Fascism, the Holocaust, the Southern Question, the mafia, Italian environmentalism, Italian feminism, and Mediterranean immigration. Primary texts include poems, novels, plays, films, songs, and music videos; authors include Leopardi, Verga, Pirandello, Morante, Fellini, Calvino, Levi, Sorrentino, and Scego. Students wishing to do coursework in Italian for major/minor credit should register for AS.214.363.02.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/7
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.210.251 (01)Intermediate Italian IMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMZannirato, Alessandro 
AS.210.151 (01)Italian Elements IMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMZannirato, Alessandro 
AS.210.171 (01)Accelerated Italian Elements I for Advanced Spanish SpeakersMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMZannirato, Alessandro 
AS.210.151 (03)Italian Elements IMWF 12:00PM - 12:50PMProietti, Leonardo 
AS.210.251 (02)Intermediate Italian IMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMZannirato, Alessandro 
AS.210.351 (01)Advanced Italian IMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMZannirato, Alessandro 
AS.211.224 (01)Made in Italy: Italian style in contextMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMProietti, Leonardo GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-ITAL, INST-GLOBAL
AS.212.344 (01)Topics in French Cinema: Amour, Sexualité, MariageMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMRoos, Suzanne 
AS.210.151 (02)Italian Elements IMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMProietti, Leonardo 
AS.214.363 (01)Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary LiteratureTTh 4:30PM - 5:45PMDi Bianco, Laura GRLL-ENGL
AS.214.363 (02)Italian Journeys: Modern and Contemporary LiteratureTTh 4:30PM - 5:45PMDi Bianco, Laura GRLL-ENGL