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Italian

Applicable for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Italian Website

Assistant Professor A. MINERVINI; Visiting Instructor C. CORNETTE

Students with previous knowledge of Italian are invited to contact Dr. Amanda Minervini for placement into the most appropriate language level. 

Major Requirements

NEW MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

New Requirement: 9 credits past Intermediate Italian 1

THE ITALIAN PROGRAM OFFERS TWO MAJOR OPTIONS:

a) Italian Studies Major

b) Romance Languages Major with a Primary Focus on Italian

Option a)

To fulfill the Major in Italian Studies students must complete a total of 9 units beyond IT203, Intermediate Italian 1:

  1. IT204 (Intermediate Italian 2)
  2. IT305 or IT304 (Cultural Context and Written Practice or Cultural Context and Oral Practice)
  3. 6 elective courses
  4. Either IT431 or IT432 (IT432 Senior Thesis is meant for students who elect to write a thesis, while IT431 Research Methods is meant for students who elect not to write a thesis).
Total: 9 units beyond IT203.

All courses taken outside the Italian Program must be directly relevant to Italian cultures and selected in consultation with advisor.

The Italian Program warmly encourages students to study abroad: options include a single block or half semester in Italy offered by the Italian Program; a semester in Italy offered by an affiliated program. As a general rule, only two courses from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the major, unless the plan is previously discussed with the Program Director.

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

Option b)

Romance Languages (Italian Major; second language focus in French, Spanish, or Portuguese), 9 units:

  1. 3 required courses beyond Intermediate Italian 1: IT204, IT305 or IT304, and either IT431 or IT432 (IT432 for those students who elect to write a thesis; IT431 students who elect not to write a thesis).
  2. 2 Italian courses from 309, 315, 316, 320, 321 (IT320 can be taken multiple times, as long as the content of the course is different).

Courses for second language focus in FRENCH:

  1. FR305 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. SP305 or SP312, 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. PG305 and two additional culture or literature courses
  2. Elementary or more advanced French, Spanish or Latin.

TOTAL: 9 units

 

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 Meets the Language Requirement requirement.

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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 Meets the Language Requirement requirement.

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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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Meets the Language Requirement requirement. (Summer only 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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A half-block course involving both cultural and practical knowledge of regional cooking in contemporary Italy with special attention to the cuisine resulting from the new encounters of the traditional regional cooking (itself the result of historical cultural exchanges) with contemporary migrant cultures. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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. Meets the Language Requirement requirement.

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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 Meets the Language Requirement requirement.

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Meets the Language Requirement requirement. (Summer only 2021-22).

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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 Meets the Language Requirement requirement. (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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