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Italian

 

The B.A. in Italian provides the foundational skills for spoken and written proficiency as well as essential knowledge of Italian culture through the study of a broad range of topics such as Italian literature,  history, and contemporary ideas. The minor provides students with a solid base for the many professions linked with international endeavors and helps to prepare students to work in Italian and Italian American communities and institutions here and abroad.

 

With the growing interest in Italian and Italian American studies at a national level, students of the Italian program will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and language skills by integrating the major or minor into other fields, such as business, communications, economics, education, fashion, history, and political science, through interdisciplinary coursework that explores various theoretical and methodological approaches. The program strongly encourages students to fulfill their immersion experience through study abroad at Marist’s branch campuses in Italy or other venues available through the Marist International Programs (MIP).

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ITALIAN

Note: A minimum of 90 credits in Liberal Arts is required.

 STUDY ABROAD REQUIREMENT: Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits of course work in the major at the Italy branch campus. Additional semester(s) of study are strongly encouraged. Other study abroad programs in Italian-speaking environments will be considered with advisor approval. 

ITAL 201 Advanced Italian I     3 cr

ITAL 250 Italian Civilization      3 cr

ITAL 281 Italian for Conversation      3 cr

ITAL 282 Advanced Reading and Composition      3 cr

ITAL 477 Capping Course    3 cr

ITAL 3**/4** Additional upper level courses as approved by advisor. At least one elective must be literature.   21 cr

TOTAL cr requirement            36 cr

NOTE: Internships carry elective credits and will not fulfill the above requirements.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN ITALIAN

 ITAL 201 Advanced Italian I     3 cr

ITAL 250 Italian Civilization      3 cr

ITAL 281 Italian for Conversation      3 cr

ITAL 282 Advanced Reading and Composition      3 cr

ITAL 3**/4** Additional upper level courses as approved by advisor. At least one elective must be literature.   6 cr

TOTAL cr requirement    18 cr


DESCRIPTIONS OF REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE MAJOR AND MINOR IN ITALIAN 

Courses offered at both the Poughkeepsie and Italy branch campuses

 Italian 201 Advanced Italian I

This course is intended for students who have completed the four foundation courses in Italian language at Marist (101, 102, 105, 106), as well as students new to Marist who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency on the Italian placement exam. This course provides a thorough review and expansion of Italian grammar and the opportunity to further improve the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through a current and pertinent cultural framework. Grammar points will be mastered through various spoken and written activities and reinforced by carefully chosen contemporary readings which illustrate them. Special attention will be given to idiomatic expressions which pose challenges to native speakers of English. This course will serve as a springboard for more advanced elective courses in Italian.

 Italian 250 The Civilization of Italy

This course will examine the ways both individual and collective identity have been shaped in Italy from the Middle Ages to the present by language, politics, literature, film, art, and fashion. In addition to studying cultural production, students will explore major events, movements and figures in Italy. While the course is organized chronologically, recurrent themes throughout Italian history will generate much of our class discussions.

 Italian 281 Italian for Conversation

This course will serve to improve conversational fluency in Italian. Students entering should have a good command of the fundamental structures of the language (present tense, past tenses, future, and the conditional and subjunctive moods), since grammar will not be taught formally, but only reviewed cursorily as situations warrant it. While the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be reinforced, particular emphasis will be placed on listening and speaking. Cultural readings and listening comprehension activities will provide stimulus for discussion. Through readings, presentations, discussions and role play, students will improve pronunciation and develop vocabulary that allows them to communicate on topics such as contemporary Italy, human relationships, the arts, history, cinema and music. Students will be required to give two oral presentations in Italian on topics related to Italian culture.

 Italian 282 Advanced Reading and Composition

This course is intended for students who have completed the four foundation courses in Italian language at Marist (101, 102, 105, 106), as well as students new to Marist who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency on the Italian placement exam. We will concentrate primarily on honing two of the four language skills: reading and writing. Through short, frequent, and varied readings both literary (short stories, novels, poetry, plays) and non (newspapers, magazines), students will acquire strategies to improve comprehension and appreciation of diverse texts. Responses to readings, expressed through creative individual and group writing assignments, will serve to refine written expression. 

 Italian 477  Capping

This course is required for all Italian majors. It will approach a cultural topic concerning contemporary Italy in-depth. Students will expand upon course content through a required research paper and will give an oral presentation at a departmental seminar at the end of the semester. 

 

 Resources and Facilities Abroad

Marist International Programs provides the opportunity for students to study at our branch campus in Florence, Italy. Freshmen may participate in the Freshman Florence experience.

Students of any year may take Italian classes at either the Poughkeepsie or Florence branch campus at the elementary, intermediate and advanced level. Students may earn credit for a major or minor in Italian in Florence, or at our other sites in Rome, Tuscania, or Venice. Classes in Italian at campuses abroad may be interchangeable with classes in Poughkeepsie for the Italian minor. Elective requirements for the minor may be satisfied at either campus, and the campus in Italy offers students a wider variety of elective course choices.

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