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Italian

Applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Assistant Professor A. MINERVINI; Visiting Instructor D. SPONCHIADO

Students who have taken French, Italian, or Spanish in high school must take a computerized placement test before enrolling in a language or literature course in the Department of French and Italian. We strongly recommend that they take the 20-minute test on-line upon their arrival at the college.

Major Requirements

Italian

A student majoring in Italian has two major options: 

Italian Studies

  1. All required courses: 305, 306, 431, and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis.
  2. Two Italian courses from 304, 309, 315, 316, 320, and 321. If thesis requirement is not met, one additional Italian course.
  3. Electives: Four courses chosen from at least one, but not more than two, disciplines (art history, cinema, classics, history, international relations, linguistics, music). All courses must be directly relevant to Italian cultures and selected in consultation with advisor. Two electives must be at the 300 level; two of these four courses may be 300-level Italian courses relevant to the major. For complete list of elective courses, see department. 

Romance Languages (Italian Major; second language focus in French or Spanish)

  1. All required courses: 305, 306, 431, and 432 for those students eligible to write a thesis, or 431 for those graduating seniors not eligible to write a thesis.
  2. Three Italian courses from 304, 309, 315, 316, 320, 321. If thesis requirement not met, one additional Italian course.

Courses for second language focus in FRENCH:

  1. 305 and two French or Francophone culture or literature courses.
  2. Elementary or more advanced Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin.

Courses for the second language focus in SPANISH:

  1. 305 or 312, and two Spanish culture or literature courses.
  2. Elementary or more advanced French, Portuguese, or Latin.

Courses for the second language focus in PORTUGUESE:

  1. 305 and two additional culture or literature courses

    Third language focus
  2. 101 level in Spanish, French, Portuguese or Latin

TOTAL: 11–12 units

Distinction is awarded based on senior thesis (432) and departmental work.

Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College’s should consult both their advisors and the chair of the department for approval of transfer credit. Students must take at least two courses beyond 305, in addition to 431 and 432 (if student is eligible), at Colorado College, as well as completing the detailed major requirements described above, to receive an Italian degree from the college. Only two credits from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the major. Students who are not eligible for 432 must take an additional upper-division course to satisfy the 11–12 unit Romance languages Italian major requirement.

Transferring students should contact the department before taking any language or literature course to determine if any transfer credit fulfills major requirements.

Minor Requirements

Italian Language Minor (6 units beyond IT102)

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 101 and 102 (2 units) or equivalent. Students must complete a minimum of six courses, including the following: 201, 202, 305, and three additional courses from 304, 306, 309, 315, 316, 320, 321. Students who initially place at the 300 level as a result of previous Italian must complete four CC Italian courses at the 300 level. College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level Italian courses must be completed at Colorado College. Only one credit from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the minor

Courses

Italian

A preliminary introduction to Italian language and culture for students with no previous Italian language experience

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A preliminary introduction to Italian language and culture for students with no previous Italian language experience.

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Introduction to Italian language and culture, with emphasis on the acquisition of basic oral and written proficiency in order to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday life situations

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IT104 Elementary Italian II. This course is designed to build on skills acquired in IT101. Students will continue to develop basic oral and written proficiency in order to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday life situations. Prerequisite: IT103 or COI. (We strongly recommend that students take 104 within 8 blocks of 101.) 1 unit

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Intensive Communication Practice for Travel, Work and Study in Italy. This half-block course is open to all students interested in significantly improving their Italian communication skills and is particularly useful to those wishing to spend time in Italy in the near future – whether as part of their travelling, working or studying plans. This class uses a communicative approach with the aim for students to achieve a good level of fluency in Italian as well as to learn more about Italy’s culture. Upon completion of the course, students will have acquired the necessary tools to express themselves in a wide range of situations, making it easier for them to deal with everyday life in Italy. No prior language knowledge is required. (Not offered 2021-22).

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This course is open to students interested in Renaissance music and Italian culture. “The Renaissance Banchetto”, a center of wealth and power, included theatrical and musical performances, and is the perfect setting to teach music and history. Upon completion of the course, students will have acquired an understanding and an appreciation of the Italian Renaissance with the festive and sinister undercurrents of the banchetto!

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This course is intended for students on a CC study abroad program. Students will test and move into the appropriate level/course once they arrive at the host institution. (Not offered 2021-22).

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A lower-level maintenance course for students who plan to continue their study of Italian. Review of grammar with supervised oral practice.

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A lower-level maintenance course for students who plan to continue their study of Italian. Review of grammar with supervised oral practice.

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This course is designed to build on the communication skills acquired in elementary Italian courses. In a simulated immersive environment enhanced with Italian texts, films, and Internet resources, students focus on developing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of Italian cultures. Note: IT204 must also be taken in order to fulfill the language requirement for graduation or to continue into 300-level Italian courses.

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IT204 Intermediate Italian II. This course is designed to build on the communication skills acquired in IT203. In a simulated immersive environment enhanced with Italian texts, films, and internet resources, students focus on developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of Italian cultures. Prerequisite: Italian 203 or COI. 1 unit

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This ten-day course serves as an introduction to our Italy Program. Intensive Italian grammar review and orientation in Italy. Students must complete the full semester program in order to receive credit. (Not offered 2021-22).

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A maintenance course for students who have taken an intermediate or advanced level Italian course. Significant supervised conversation, reading and writing practice.

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A maintenance course for students who have taken an intermediate or advanced level Italian course. Significant supervised conversation, reading and writing practice

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Students develop higher levels of listening comprehension, oral competence, and communicative proficiency and acquire oral strategies of expression through the study of written and recorded cultural materials dealing with a variety of aspects, issues, and realities of the Italian speaking world. (Not offered 2021-22).

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Advanced composition and conversation practice through the study of Italian literary and cultural texts (Not offered 2021-22).

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Continues the acquisition of the Italian language and trains students in the most important methods of critical analysis through readings in different genres. (Not offered 2021-22).

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Textual analysis of important literary works, including at least six authors, two genres and three historical periods. Some authors to be studied are: Dante, Pulci, Leonardo, Goldoni, Manzone, Svevo, Gozzano, Pirandello and Calvino.

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The nature and evolution of Italian Literature and Culture from 1150 to the 17th century with emphasis on literary form and meaning in poetry, epic and drama. (Not offered 2021-22).

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The nature and evolution of Italian Literature and Culture from the 18th century to the present day with emphasis on literary form and meaning in poetry, the novel, drama and film. (Not offered 2021-22).

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Study of Italian culture, genres, art, film or literature not represented in the regular curriculum. The structure of the course is determined by the topic and the preference of the instructor. May be taught in English or Italian.

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Explores the intellectual contributions of Italian thinkers to the analysis of societal transformations. Includes a variety of theoretical approaches and thematic, focuses such as: philosophy, Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies, and the history of social movements. Taught in English with work in Italian for interested students. (Not offered 2021-22).

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Methods of analysis and theories of literature and culture. Training in research methodology; selection of topic for senior project, portfolio, or senior thesis; research and presentation of work in progress. (Not offered 2021-22).

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Intensive writing and supervised revision of senior thesis with oral defense. (Not offered 2021-22).

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