Bella Italia!

bella italia

Activate your role as a global citizen with this introduction to Italian language and cultures. In Bella Italia! you will learn to communicate in Italian in real-life situations and you will explore some of Italy’s most significant legacies. In addition to learning to make pizza in italiano, you will investigate topics such as the Roman Empire, Renaissance art and thought, Italian-American culture and film, and Mediterranean migration. In this FIG students develop personalized research projects and strengthen both their critical and creative thinking.


Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:

*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change

ITAL 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit

This College Connections seminar is scheduled as remote, but will likely have in-person components in fall.

ITAL 101 First Year Italian - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 5-credits

Italian 101 is the first in a series of Italian Courses and is designed for students who have no previous Italian instruction. The course emphasizes oral communication and listening comprehension in a culturally authentic context. Students will be exposed to simple Italian texts in order to develop strong reading skills. Students will also work on writing skills, starting with short compositions and building up to longer ones. The course will be conducted almost exclusively in Italian, and all students will be expected to participate actively using the language skills they are acquiring.

ITAL 150 Cultural Legacies of Italy - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course explores some of the outstanding contributions that the Italian peninsula has made to western culture, and the central place that Italy occupies in our understanding of western civilization. We will look at various art forms: painting, architecture, film, sculpture, opera, as well as different kinds of writing, including poetry, history, art history, sociology, journalism, opera libretto, fiction, memoir, and others kinds of writing on Italy and the Italians.