Italian Studies Program

  • Department Information

    Italian Studies Program

    Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

    Anthony Russell, Section Coordinator
    Associate Professors Radi, Russell
    Director of Intensive Language Program Marcin
    Affiliated Faculty: Elena Calvillo (Art History), Joanna Drell (History)

    This section contains information specific to courses taught in Italian. Other courses relevant to the Italian Studies major/minor are listed under Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC).  For full information regarding departmental policies relevant to all LLC programs, study abroad, and course sequencing, see the main page of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

    Courses in Italian language, literature and culture are offered in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, students may pursue the Italian Studies major or minor, which combine work in LLC with related courses in other departments.

  • Major

    The Italian Studies Major

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).

    Nine courses, including:

    One unit in Italian conversation, chosen from:

    ITAL 301 Italian Conversation through Cinema

    ITAL 311 Italian Culture and Society

    ITAL 312 Italian in the Media

    ITAL 315 Folklore and Legend in Northern Italy

    ITAL 318 Business Italian

    ITAL 305 Writing in Italian Culture and Literature

    One unit in Italian literature, chosen

    ITAL 321 Italian Literature in Context

    ITAL 323 The Literature of Exile

    Two units, chosen from:

    ITAL 411 Italian Identities: Sicily, Veneto, and Tuscany

    ITAL 423 Le Tre Corone: Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio

    ITAL 425 Love and Family all'italiana

    ITAL 453 Selected Readings in 19th- and 20th-Century Italian Literature and Culture

    ITAL 480 Food: French and Italian Rituals

    ITAL 497 Selected Topics in Italian Literature and Culture 

    Four units in addition to those taken above, chosen from (with a CLAC in Italian, if taken in English):

    ARTH 310 Late Antique and Early Christian Art

    ARTH 315 Art of the Italian Renaissance

    ARTH 316 Art in the Age of Reform

    CLSC 302 Roman Art and Archaeology

    HIST 223 The Roman Empire

    HIST 225 Medieval Italy

    HIST 227 The High Middle Ages

    HIST 230 The Renaissance

    HIST 249 Cold War Europe, 1945-1991

    ITAL 301 Italian Conversation through Cinema

    ITAL 311 Italian Culture and Society

    ITAL 312 Italian in the Media

    ITAL 315 Folklore and Legend in Northern Italy

    ITAL 318 Business Italian

    ITAL 397 Selected Topics: Italian Culture and Society

    LATN 303 Roman Epic

    LATN 306 Roman Philosophical Literature

    LATN 307 Catullus

    LATN 309 Cicero

    LING 203 Introductory Linguistics

    LLC 210 Women, Virtue, and Temptation in Literature

    LLC 358 Desire and Identity in the Renaissance: The Lyric Tradition

    LLC 360 Representing the Holocaust

    LLC 362 History of the Romance Languages

    LLC 410 Teaching of a Modern Second Language

    MUS 134 Songbirds and Sirens

    PLSC 344 Europe Today

    In addition to the regularly offered courses there will be others offered occasionally that may count towards an Italian studies major. All courses outside LLC that can be taken for credit towards the major will be announced by the section coordinator at the beginning of each registration period. Students should always check with the section coordinator to make sure that courses outside of LLC will count towards the major. Students are strongly encouraged to satisfy some of the requirements of the major by studying abroad. Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.

    The Residency Requirement

    For all Italian majors, at least five of the nine courses required for the major must be taken on the University of Richmond campus. Majors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the major or minor requirements.

  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    Study and travel abroad are strongly encouraged for all students. For students of Italian, the department offers summer study programs in Italy. In addition, there are exchange agreements for study during the academic year in Verona, Ferrara, and Milano. For a complete list, contact the Office of International Education.

  • Residency

  • Minor

    The Italian Studies Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70). Up to three classes in transfer may be used toward minor requirements. Minors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the minor requirements.

    Five courses, including:

    Three Italian courses above the 200 level

    Two courses, chosen from (with a CLAC in Italian, if taken in English):

    ARTH 211 Medieval Byzantine Art

    ARTH 310 Late Antique and Early Christian Art

    ARTH 315 Art of the Italian Renaissance

    ARTH 316 Art in the Age of Reform

    CLSC 302 Roman Art and Archaeology

    CLSC 304 The Feminine in Greco-Roman Literature

    HIST 223 The Roman Empire

    HIST 225 Medieval Italy

    HIST 227 The High Middle Ages

    HIST 230 The Renaissance

    HIST 249 Twentieth-Century Europe

    ITAL 301 Italian Conversation through Cinema

    ITAL 305 Writing in Italian Culture and Literature

    ITAL 311 Italian Culture and Society

    ITAL 312 Italian in the Media

    ITAL 315 Folklore and Legend in Northern Italy

    ITAL 318 Business Italian

    ITAL 321 Italian Literature in Context

    ITAL 397 Selected Topics: Italian Culture and Society

    ITAL 411 Italian Identities: Sicily, Veneto, and Tuscany

    ITAL 423 Le Tre Corone: Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio

    ITAL 425 Love and Family all'italiana

    ITAL 453 Selected Readings in 19th- and 20th-Century Italian Literature and Culture

    ITAL 480 Food: French and Italian Rituals

    LATN 303 Roman Epic

    LATN 306 Roman Philosophical Literature

    LATN 307 Catullus

    LATN 309 Cicero

    LING 203 Introductory Linguistics

    LLC 210 Women, Virtue, and Temptation in Literature

    LLC 358 Desire and Identity in the Renaissance: the Lyric Tradition

    LLC 360 Representing the Holocaust

    LLC 362 History of the Romance Languages

    LLC 410 Teaching of a Modern Second Language

    MUS 134 Songbirds and Sirens

    PLSC 344 Europe Today

    Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the minor. Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted.

    In addition to the regularly offered courses there will be others offered occasionally that may count towards an Italian studies minor. All courses outside LLC that can be taken for credit towards the minor will be announced by the section coordinator at the beginning of each registration period. Students are strongly encouraged to satisfy some of the requirements of the minor by studying abroad.

    The Residency Requirement

    For all Italian majors, at least five of the nine courses required for the major must be taken on the University of Richmond campus. Majors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the major or minor requirements.

  • Cross School

    Cross-School Major in Italian Studies and International Business

    (Earned in conjunction with a major in the Robins School of Business with an international business concentration.)

    Nine courses and a senior project (498-499), in addition to completing all requirements of the international business concentration for the business administration major, including:

    Five units in Italian at the 300 or 400 level

    IDST 379 Interdisciplinary Research Project

    One semester full-time study at Bocconi University of Economics and Business Administration or Verona University (four courses)

    The Italian major/international business option represents a collaborative project between the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the School of Arts and Sciences and the International Business Program in the Robins School of Business. Designated faculty members from each program will advise students upon declaration and as they progress through the major. The curriculum includes a semester abroad at one of the University's partner institutions. There, students will continue work on their Robins School and Italian Studies requirements in classes with both local and other international students.

    In order to prepare for the experience abroad, students in Italian will need to have completed at least Italian 221 on the Richmond campus; they must take at least one concurrent course in Italian while at Bocconi. Students are required to take one 400-level course in Italian upon their return.

  • Honors

    Honors Program

    The Italian Honors Program is designed for outstanding students with intellectual initiative and the desire to pursue academic achievement beyond the level of standard course work. Students will engage in independent research and work closely with a faculty advisor on an Honors Thesis during their senior year.

    Eligibility and Admission

    To qualify for the Honors Program in Italian, a student should have:

    1. 18.5 or more units completed overall
    2. At least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average for all courses, and a 3.50 cumulative grade point average for Italian courses.

    A student who does not meet these qualifications may be admitted to the program with the special recommendation of the faculty of the Italian section of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the approval of the Faculty Committee on the Honors Program. To enter the Honors Program, students must submit to the Honors coordinator of the Italian program a letter of intent, with nominating support from one faculty member, by March 15 of their junior year. Each student will be assigned an Honors research advisor with whom he or she will design a program of study that indicates how the student's Honors Program will be accomplished.

    Program Requirements

    To receive credit for the Honors Program, the student must:
    • Fulfill the normal requirements for the B.A. in Italian.
    • Take two 400-level Italian courses on campus for Honors credit. These courses will require extra work (supplementary readings and/or assignments, independent research on a topic related to the course, for instance). The extra work will be decided by the course instructor and vetted by the Italian Honors coordinator to ensure consistency.
    • Take ITAL 491 (Honor Thesis I, 0.5 unit, fall of senior year) and ITAL 492 (Honor Thesis 2, 1 unit, spring of senior year) in order to complete a 25-30 page Honors Thesis written in Italian. This thesis will be based on extensive research and make an original contribution to Italian. The student and his or her advisor should develop a schedule to meetings and assessment that they find appropriate and meet at least once a month. Honors students must present their thesis at the Italian Studies symposium at the end of their senior year. They are also strongly encouraged to apply for a Summer Research Fellowship during their junior year. The thesis will be graded by at least two readers, including the student's thesis advisor.
    Students may withdraw at any time. If they do not complete required additional work or maintain an overall 3.3 grade point average and a 3.5 grade point average for Italian coursework, students will not receive credit for the Honors Program, and the department will submit a request for withdrawal to the Faculty Committee on the Honors Program.

Courses

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  • ITAL 121 Intensive Elementary Italian

    Units: 2

    Description

    Introduction to Italian language and culture; development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

  • ITAL 221 Intensive Intermediate Italian

    Units: 2

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (COM2)

    Description

    Active reinforcement and practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing, within contemporary cultural contexts.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 121.

  • ITAL 301 Italian Conversation through Cinema

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of effective communication through viewing and discussion of contemporary films.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 221 or permission of instructor.

  • ITAL 305 Writing in Italian Culture and Literature

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of writing, speaking, and comprehension. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing writing skills, vocabulary expansion, pronunciation, grammatical and communicative, both written and oral, accuracy.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 221 or permission of instructor.

  • ITAL 311 Italian Culture and Society

    Units: 1

    Description

    Explores the social, cultural, economic, historical and political characteristics of various regions of Italy.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 221.

  • ITAL 312 Italian in the Media

    Units: 1

    Description

    A dynamic exposure to Italian through its news media. By reading newspapers, listening to radio, watching television reports and visiting online sites, students will explore contemporary public affairs, from politics and economics to sports and the arts, in the "Bel Paese."

    Prerequisites

    Italian 221.

  • ITAL 315 Folklore and Legend in Northern Italy

    Units: 1

    Description

    Comprehensive readings of numerous legends of the northernmost region of Italy, its languages (Italian, German, and Ladino), culture, geography, and history. Listening and comprehension skills alongside reading and writing will be developed in this course.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 221.

  • ITAL 318 Business Italian

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to the dynamic landscape of Italian business in the context of its culture, politics, and its place in the European Union. Emphasis on developing an understanding of Italian business practices and knowledge of the language as used in the business world.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 221.

  • ITAL 321 Italian Literature in Context

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Introduction to Italian literature through analysis of selected works in their historical, aesthetic, sociopolitical, and other cultural contexts.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 305

  • ITAL 323 The Literature of Exile

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSLT

    Description

    Italian literature of exile from Dante to contemporary Italian transnational writers.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 305

  • ITAL 388 Individual Internship

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Internship experiences outside of the department in fields related to Italian studies. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • ITAL 389 Practice Assistantship

    Units: .25

    Description

    Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequences in Italian. The practice assistantship does not count as course credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.

    Prerequisites

    Department approval.

  • ITAL 397 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Selected topics related to Italian culture and society, to be offered at the discretion of the department.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 221.

  • ITAL 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

  • ITAL 411 Italian Identities: Sicily, Veneto and Tuscany

    Units: 1

    Description

    Comparative investigation of Sicily, Veneto, and Tuscany through historical, literary, artistic, political, and other cultural perspectives.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 321.

  • ITAL 423 Le Tre Corone: Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio

    Units: 1

    Description

    An exploration of Medieval Italian literature and culture, focusing on three of its most influential figures.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 321.

  • ITAL 425 Love and Family all'italiana

    Units: 1

    Description

    Investigates the shifting importance and meaning of family in Italian culture through an encounter with literature, opera, and film.

    Prerequisites

    ITAL 305, ITAL 321 and 1 of the following: ITAL 301, 311, 312, 315

  • ITAL 453 Selected Readings in 19th and 20th Century Italian Literature and Culture

    Units: 1

    Description

    Course topics will focus on various developments in Italian literature and culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

    Prerequisites

    Italian 321.

  • ITAL 480 Food: French and Italian Rituals

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines the impact of food on French and Italian culture and society. Through literary texts, philosophy, history, film, and the visual and performing arts, explores the complex relationship between food, culture, and identity.

    Prerequisites

    One course in the ITAL 320 series.

  • ITAL 491 Honor Thesis I

    Units: .5

    Description

    Research of a topic of interest, design of original thesis and draft a first version of the Honors Thesis under the supervision of a thesis advisor.

    Prerequisites

    Participation in departmental honors program.

  • ITAL 492 Honor Thesis II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Completion of a 25-30 page honor thesis and presentation of research to Italian Studies Faculty.

    Prerequisites

    Participation in departmental honors program.

  • ITAL 495 Independent Study

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Special projects individually pursued under supervision of faculty member.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • ITAL 497 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Special interest topics offered at department's discretion.

    Prerequisites

    ITAL 321