Italian

The Department of Italian offers both a major and a minor in Italian.

Major in Italian

The Italian major takes an integrative approach to prepare students to explore connections and understand the continuum from past to present. From the gateway course to the senior seminar, all courses are designed to introduce students to Italian culture in all its manifestations. Students develop their critical and analytical skills through intellectual dialogue in small class settings while the program's integrated overseas experience gives students new perspectives and approaches to world issues.

Italian majors at Georgetown are required to complete 10 to 12 courses depending on the results of the student’s placement exam (12 if they begin in Intensive Basic, 11 if they begin in Intensive Intermediate, and 10 if they begin in Intensive Advanced). One course toward the major may be in taught English. Italian Majors are also required to spend a semester or an academic year in Italy studying at an Italian university.

Required Courses
  • 10 Courses in the Italian Department  (unless initial placement requires additional language study), one of which may be taught in English. Students are strongly advised to take the ITAL-042 Gateway course as their English elective. This course satisfies the Humanities: Art, Literature, & Culture (HALC) requirement of the College.
  1. Foundational Courses:
    • ITAL-111 Intensive Advanced Italian I
    • ITAL-112 Intensive Advanced Italian II
    • ITAL-231 Contemporary Italy (before overseas study) or another 200-level course
    • ITAL-233 Writing: Literature/Culture
  2. 3 Core Courses—1 from each of the following periods:
    1. From the Origins to the Renaissance
      • ITAL-311 Italian Art, Literature and History 1200–1500
      • ITAL-368 Politics, Society & Culture in Renaissance Italy
      • ITAL-374 Theater, Politics and Art in the Italian Renaissance
      • ITAL-379 Poetry of Courtly Love in Italy
      • ITAL-383 Love, Religion, and War
      • ITAL-391 History of the Italian Language
      • ITAL-412 Boccaccio
    2. From Baroque to the Age of Realism
      • ITAL-358 Literature of United Italy
      • ITAL-370 Modern Italian Theater
      • ITAL-382 The Fantastic in Nineteenth & Twentieth-Century Italian Literature
      • ITAL-384 Theater and Opera
      • ITAL-385 Madness in Italian Literature and Theater
      • ITAL-388 Sex and Politics in Italian Theater and Cinema
      • ITAL-392 The Theater of Power: Dynasties, Politics, and Theater, 1500–1800
      • ITAL-452 Theater of the Sacred: Between Faith and Politics
      • ITAL-467 Italian Theater
      • ITAL-473 Farewell to Realism: Decadence, Avant-Garde, Modernism
    3. From Modernism to the Present
      • ITAL-315 Le Altre Italie: Italy and the Culture of Contemporary Ethnic Identity
      • ITAL-321 Poetics of Lightness: Italo Calvino and Post-War Italian Culture
      • ITAL-337 Italian Cinema: Adventurous Journey
      • ITAL-359 Bella Ciao! Women’s Identity in Twentieth Century Italy
      • ITAL-360 Giallo! Italian Detective Fiction
      • ITAL-361 Novecento
      • ITAL-380 Identity and Resistance in Fascist Italy
      • ITAL-381 Italian Contemporary Poetry
      • ITAL-390 Mafia: Realities and Fiction
      • ITAL-393 Modern Italian: dialects and other varieties
      • ITAL-394 Italian-Americans: Language, Literature, and Cinema
      • ITAL-404 The Twentieth-Century Italian Novel
      • ITAL-411 From Novel to Film
      • ITAL-425 From Mazzini to the Euro: The European Consciousness in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature
      • ITAL-426 Encounters with the Other: The Ethnographic Imagination in Italian Literature
      • ITAL-445 The Betrayals of Translation
      • ITAL-471 The Writing Factory: Science, Machines, and the Technology of the Word in Twentieth-Century Italian Literature
  3. One elective
  4. ITAL-489 Senior Seminar
  5. ITAL-460 Dante—The Divine Comedy
INTEGRATED WRITING REQUIREMENT

Writing is central to the teaching of Italian at Georgetown. This emphasis comes from a Curriculum Renewal Project initiated by the Italian Department in 2005, which identified writing skills as a crucial area for unifying the curriculum from the language foundations to the upper courses and for the development of critical abilities that become necessary at higher levels of study. The Curriculum Renewal Project involved the design of specific writing tasks reflective of expected learner development at distinct levels of the language curriculum, the implementation of process writing throughout the curriculum, and the elaboration of specific writing goals. To learn more about writing goals at each level of instruction, please see http://italian.georgetown.edu/writing_project/outcomes

Overseas Studies

Georgetown has approved academic programs at the University of Florence (Middlebury), University of Bologna (Brown), and at universities in Milan through IES.  For further information, consult the Office of Global Education website: studyabroad.georgetown.edu.

Minor in Italian

Minors are required to complete 6 courses taught in Italian or 5 courses in Italian plus ITAL-394 Italian American Language, Literature and Film, which is taught in English.  Students placing above 011, 032, 111, and/or 112 will substitute upper-level electives taught in Italian.

  • ITAL-011 Intensive Basic Italian
  • ITAL-032 Intensive Intermediate Italian
  • ITAL-111 Intensive Advanced Italian I
  • ITAL-112 Intensive Advanced Italian II
  • ITAL-233 Writing and Culture/Literature
  • ITAL-231 Contemporary Italy or one course at the 200 or 300-level  (including ITAL-394)
Italian Major with FLL Business Coursework

See the Business Coursework section of this Bulletin.

(For course listings for Italian see http://courses.georgetown.edu)