ITL 201 Intermediate Italian
Develops basic language skills through grammar review and vocabulary building while introducing topics in Italian culture.
As an Italian studies major, you go beyond standard impressions of Italy and explore the country's vital role in the transnational development of culture. You study language and culture in introductory courses, and in more advanced courses learn to use criticism and theory to explore literature, film and history. Our goal is to sharpen your critical appreciation of Italy and also your own native culture -- and to prepare you for a career in an increasingly global landscape. We encourage you to think broadly and pursue independent studies. Recent students have gone abroad to research a variety of issues, including the emergence of feminist centers in Italy and how China's expanding market is threatening the stability of the Italian fashion industry. Other students have secured internships in Italy to study such topics as the promotion of alternative energy in Italy. Ultimately our goal is to teach those skills that are necessary for students aspiring to grow into bold inquisitive young scholars, prepared professionals and global citizens.
We encourage you to spend either a semester or a year in Venice, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Rome or Palermo. You might also travel abroad with classmates and Connecticut College professors for a semester in Italy through the College's Study Away Teach Away program.
We want you to follow your passions. Students have combined Italian studies with interests in film, art, art history, architecture, fashion, design, literature, music, international politics, economics, history, sociology, gender studies, religion and anthropology. You can also pursue a certificate from the College's interdisciplinary Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts or our museum studies program.
Frida Morelli teaches introductory and advanced Italian and linguistics.
Teaching courses on Dante's Divine Comedy and on the Renaissance in Italy are two of the joys of Robert Proctor's life. He wants to inspire in students a love of Dante's great work and a desire to make Dante's journey through the afterlife a companion in their journeys through this life. He wants as well to introduce students to the beauty of Italy, and to the enduring power of works of art and literature created during the Renaissance.
Paola Sica teaches a variety of courses, especially those on modern and contemporary Italian verbal and visual cultures, including Modernisms and Modernity, Italian Film and Literature: from Neorealism to the Present, Cultural Identity in Italy and Adjacent Geographical Areas and Topics in Italian Culture: Research Seminar.
Italian studies, German studies
A: I liked that I could explore a variety of disciplines before committing to any one area of study. I also liked the idea of a broad and global education, made possible by multiple international programs. And I wanted a more specialized, personalized education, so I appreciated the low student-faculty ratio and the faculty's genuine interest in students.
A: I will be going abroad my entire junior year. As an Italian studies and German studies double major, I'll spend the fall in Perugia and the spring in Baden-Württemberg.
A: My CELS counselor has helped me recognize and explore the opportunities available to me. I have an unlimited number of paths – applying to Fulbright scholarship programs, finding work or pursuing graduate studies.