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Italian Courses

ITAL 1001 - Elementary Italian I

Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Italian and to the culture of Italian-speaking regions. This course meets three (3) hours per week in the classroom and requires at least one (1) additional hour per week of online and/or language laboratory instruction.

Hours:
4



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ITAL 1002 - Elementary Italian II

Continued listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Italian and to the culture of Italian-speaking regions. This course meets three (3) hours per week in the classroom and requires at least one (1) additional hour per week of online and/or language laboratory instruction.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ITAL 1001 or placement by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages

Hours:
4



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ITAL 2001 - Intermediate Italian I

Continued development and reinforcement of the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Designed to increase linguistic and cultural proficiency through the situational use of the language and the study of authentic materials from Italian-speaking regions. Language laboratory and online assignments. Class conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ITAL 1002 or placement by the Department of Modern Languages

Hours:
3



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ITAL 2002 - Intermediate Italian II

Continued development and reinforcement of the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Designed to increase linguistic and cultural proficiency through the situational use of the language and the study of authentic materials from Italian-speaking regions. Language laboratory and online assignments. Class conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ITAL 2001 or placement by the Department of Modern Languages

Hours:
3



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ITAL 3010 - Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition

This course emphasizes the development of conversational skills and vocabulary expansion, while deepening students' knowledge of past and current Italian literary, social, and cultural events through the discussion of texts and audio-visual material. Issues that we will examine include: the question of Italian national identity before and after the unification; the rise and fall of Fascism in Italy and the current rise of nationalism and populism in Europe; the origin and development of organized crime; and the history of immigration and emigration.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ITAL 2002 or placement by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Hours:
3



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ITAL 3020 - Advanced Italian through the Arts

This course aims at developing students' conversational and writing skills and expanding their vocabulary through contemporary Italian fiction texts and audio-visual materials regarding Italian arts, architecture, design, music, opera, and cinema. Issues that will be examined include: the role of the artist in Italy and the influence of Italian art; music and cinema in the contemporary world; the debates around popular Italian writers; and the role of social media in Italian society.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ITAL 2002 or placement by the Department of Modern Languages

Hours:
3



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ITAL 3610 - Commercial Italian

This course is an introduction to the economic and business practices of Italy as well as a foundation for interacting with business terminology. Issues covered in this course include: the structure and the organization of a company; good practices during business meetings and interviews in Italy; reading contracts and invoices; an overview of the Italian banking system and the possible forms of payment; analysis of a business plan and marketing strategies; and the effects of the rise of eCommerce and globalization. Students will also reflect upon the meaning and impact of the Made in Italy through the case study of major Italian companies in food, fashion, automotive, sport, and media industry.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ITAL 2002 or placement by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Hours:
3



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ITAL 4430 - History of the Italian Language through Literature

This course will explore the development of the modern Italian language from spoken Latin and the cultural debates around linguistic issues that have shaped Italian language and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. Through the linguistic analysis of literary and non-literary texts, students will examine the following: the relationship of the Italian language with Latin and with the numerous regional languages (dialetti) spoken in Italy; the linguistic influence of the Tuscan dialect; the interplay between written and spoken varieties of Italian; the political dimensions of language use in Italy; and how gender, age, socioeconomic status influence the modern spoken and written Italian today.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ITAL 2002 or placement by the Department of Modern Languages

Hours:
3



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