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Department of

Languages and Literatures

Italian Courses

Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Italian class at USD or elsewhere.

Lower Division Courses
101 First Semester Italian 202 Fourth Semester Italian
102 Second Semester Italian 230 Intermediate Conversation
194 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 293 Tutoring or Field Experience in Italian
201 Third Semester Italian 294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
201 Third Semester Italian in Italy  
Upper Division Courses
301 Advanced Composition and Grammar 411 Studies in Modern Italian Literature and Culture
302 Contemporary Italy: Culture, Politics, Society 412 Studies in Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture
315 L2 Teaching Methodologies and Applied Linguistics

413 Italian Literature of Migration

320 Intro to Italian Literature and Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the 17th Century 420 Dante and His Times
321 Intro to Italian Literature and Culture II: From the Enlightenment to Today 493 Tutoring or Field Experience in Italian
394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 494 Topics in Italian Literature
403 Italian Culture through Film 495 Senior Capstone Project
410 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Italy 499 Independent Study

Lower-Division Courses

A passing grade in Italian 201 satisfies the core curriculum requirement.

101 First Semester Italian (3)

Essentials of Italian grammar with emphasis on communicative proficiency and cultural awareness. Development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: Placement exam or waiver of placement. Every semester.

102 Second Semester Italian (3)

Further development of communicative proficiency and cultural and intercultural awareness for students who have completed Italian 101 or have previous knowledge of the language. Stress on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: ITAL 101 (or equivalent) or placement exam. Every semester.

194 topics in language, literature, or culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. Prerequisites: None.

201 Third Semester Italian (3)

The final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency and cultural awareness. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the Italian speaking community. This course is also offered in the summer (see below). Prerequisite: ITAL 102 (or equivalent) or placement exam. Every semester.

201 Third Semester Italian in Italy (3)

Intensive summer course in Italy conducted by a USD faculty member. Direct immersion in Italian life and culture. See course description above. The university reserves the right to cancel this course if minimum enrollment is not met, or for any other reason. Prerequisite: ITAL 102 (or equivalent) or placement exam.

202 Fourth Semester Italian (3)

Review and expansion of language structures, as well as practice in reading, composition and conversation. Emphasis on close reading and analysis of authentic texts to prepare students for upper division work. Prerequisite: ITAL 201 (or equivalent) or placement exam. Every semester.

230 Intermediate Conversation (3)

Intensive drill in spoken Italian based on assigned topics. This course does not count toward the Italian minor or the Italian Studies major, but does count as elective units) toward graduation. Prerequisite: ITAL 201 or 202 (or equivalent).

293 Tutoring or Field Experience in Italian (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department's Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student's skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor or the language coordinator.

294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. The course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with the instructor or the department chair. Prerequisite: ITAL 202 or approval of the instructor.

Upper-Division Courses (ITAL)

301 Advanced Composition and Grammar (3)

Focus on the development of reading and writing skills through the analysis of authentic texts and the practice of various modes of written expression, as well as through grammar review and work on syntax. Prerequisite: ITAL 202 (or equivalent).

302 Contemporary italy: culture, politics, society (3)

Study of relevant aspects of Italian culture, politics, and society, and of key moments in Italian history. Prerequisite: ITAL 202 or equivalent.

315 l2 teaching methodologies and applied linguistics (3)

An introduction to the history of second language teaching methods, applied linguistics, and the fundamentals of second language teaching. Initial training in the skills needed to be a second language teacher. Prerequisites: ITAL 301 or 302, or higher, or approval of the instructor.

320 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the 17th Century (3)

Introduction to the major works of Italian literature, in their socio-cultural context, from the birth of the language to the 17th century. Prerequisite: ITAL 301 or higher, or approval of the instructor.

321 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture II: From the Enlightenment to Today (3)

Introduction to the major works of Italian literature, in their socio-cultural context, from the 18th century to present times. Prerequisite: ITAL 301 or higher, or approval of the instructor.

394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. The course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement.  Consult with the instructor. Prerequisite: ITAL 202 or approval of the instructor.

403 Italian Culture through Film (3)

A study of major facets of modern and contemporary Italy through cinema and a variety of written sources. Prerequisite: ITAL 320 or higher, or approval of the instructor.

410 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Italy (3)

A study of relevant aspects of the literature, culture and society of Medieval, Humanist and Renaissance Italy through a variety of readings and materials. Prerequisite: ITAL 320 or higher, or approval of the instructor.

411 Studies in Modern Italian Literature and Culture (3)

A study of relevant aspects of the literature, culture and society of 18th and 19th-century Italy through a variety of readings and materials. Particular emphasis is given to the discussion of Italian Risorgimento and the construction and representation of Italian national and cultural identity. ITAL 320 or higher, or approval of the instructor.

412 Studies in Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture  (3)

A study of relevant aspects of the literature, culture and society of 20th and 21st -century Italy through a variety of readings and materials. ITAL 320 or higher, or approval of the instructor.

413 Italian Literature of Migration (D) (3)

A study of works by native and non-native Italian writers that deal with the questions of migration, multiculturalism and otherness. Prerequisites: ITAL 320 or higher, or approval of the instructor.

420 Dante and His Times (3)

A study of Dante’s Divina Commedia and other selected works in their literary and historical context. Prerequisites:  ITAL 320 or higher, or approval of the instructor.

493 Tutoring and Field Experience in Italian (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department's Tutoring Program or placement in a community agency in which the student's skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor, department chair or language coordinator.

494 Topics in language, Literature, or culture (3)

Study of special topics in Italian literature. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Prerequisites: ITAL 320 or higher, or approval of the instructor.

495 senior capstone project (1-3)

This is a culminating experience in which students reflect upon and integrate aspects of their entire undergraduate study. Through a writing project, an oral presentation, and an exit interview, students demonstrate their achievement of the program learning outcomes. Capstone projects are approved by the program director.

499 Independent Study (1-3)

A program arranged between the advanced student and the instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. Extensive reading and consultation are required, as well as preparation of reports to be assigned by the instructor.  A maximum of 3 units may be applied toward the Major or the Minor. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor and the department chair.