Undergraduate Courses


Prerequisite Grade

All prerequisites must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Lower Division (106/198 Upper Division)

1 Elementary Italian
For students with no prior knowledge of Italian. With instruction in basic grammar structures and communication strategies, students begin to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Does not satisfy an Area requirement unless language requirement has already been satisfied.

2 Continuing Elementary Italian
For students with one or two years of secondary study of Italian (or the equivalent). This course continues the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking, emphasizing conversation on everyday topics. Prerequisite: Italian 1 or equivalent. Does not satisfy an Area requirement unless language requirement has already been satisfied.

3 Intermediate Italian
For students with two or three years of secondary study of Italian (or the equivalent). This course continues the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking, fostering confidence in conversation and composition across a variety of subjects. Prerequisite: Italian 2 or equivalent.

4 Continuing Intermediate Italian 
For students with three or four years of secondary study of Italian (or the equivalent). This course offers an abbreviated review of primary structures and concentrates heavily on developing communicative ability through readings, and visual resources. For students who have completed an overview of basic grammar and are ready to combine and apply their language skills in most settings. This class has a service learning component in it. Prerequisite: Italian 3 or equivalent.

6 Conversation (.25)
Conversational practice using the vocabulary and basic grammatical structures of Italian 1, 2 sequence. Topics include cooking, pastimes and hobbies, politics, the family, travel, fashions, Italian film, sports, art, etc. Meets one hour per week. May be repeated for credit. Does not satisfy an Area requirement. 

60 Italian Civilization for Travel Courses (.25)
In preparation for travel courses in Italy, students will be introduced to various aspects of contemporary Italian culture, art, and history in order that they can better appreciate the country and its people. The course will cover such topics as social manners, means of transportation, personal safety, low and legal rights, medical resources, money and food. Studetns will also lean basic Italian language skills. 

106 Advanced Conversation (.25 Upper Division)
Conversation on contemporary issues. Meets once a week. Recommended for minors in Italian Studies and those students who have studied in Italy. May be repeated for credit. Does not satisfy an Area requirement .

197 Special Study (Lower or Upper Division)
An independent study or research course for students whose special needs cannot be met by regular courses offered by the department. Permission of the instructor and department chairperson required. 

198 Capstone (.25 Upper Division)

This class is designed both for senior students who are minoring in Italian  and for studetns with a solid background in Italian who would like to use their skills in the work world. In this class students will organize eveything they have done related to their Italian studies in an e-portfolio. The e-portfolios will help studets assess their cultural awareness and the language skills they have gained suring their years in College

Note: Upper-division courses in Italian are offered as Modern Languages in Translation.

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