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The Minor in Italian

Course Requirements for the Minor: 20-28 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

This minor can be completed with a minimum of 20 units.

Beginning Language Competency Requirement: 0-8 units

In order to enroll in intermediate and upper-division Italian language courses, students must take ITAL 101 and ITAL 102 or prove equivalent knowledge (see details below on Placement Exam).

Intermediate Language Competency Requirement: 0-8 units

0-2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ITAL 102 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in ITAL 101 and ITAL 102. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005093)
Prerequisites: ITAL 201 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in ITAL 101, ITAL 102, and ITAL 201. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005092)

ITAL 201 and ITAL 202 are a required component of the Minor in Italian. However, students who have equivalent knowledge in Italian may challenge these courses by enrolling in the class and taking the challenge exam. All students challenging a course must submit an official letter requesting to challenge the course to the department chair by the end of the second week of the semester. See The University Catalog section on challenging courses for further instructions. Students who request credit for prior experience and credit by examination also may receive credit for these courses. See The University Catalog on Credit for Prior Experience.

Minor Requirements: 12 units

6 units selected from:

A minimum of 6 units must be selected from this group.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ITAL 202 or equivalent.
See description below. 3 hours discussion. (005100)
Prerequisites: ITAL 202 or equivalent.
ITAL 301 and ITAL 302: Emphasis on fluency and development of literary style; composition in the Italian language; review of grammar and syntax. These courses are non-sequential. 3 hours discussion. (005101)
Prerequisites: ITAL 202.
Continued intensive practice in the spoken language. Practice and review of phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntactics as they apply to the learning and teaching of Italian. 3 hours discussion. (005102)
Prerequisites: ITAL 202 or equivalent.
Survey of some of the greatest figures in literature, philosophy, science, art, music, politics, geography, and history of Italy. 3 hours discussion. (005103)
Prerequisites: ITAL 202 or equivalent.
Study of the most important writers of Italian literature from Dante to modern times. Emphasis on genre, textual analysis, and interpretation. Readings, discussions, and reports. 3 hours discussion. (005104)
Prerequisites: ITAL 202 or equivalent.
The main literary and intellectual trends from Dante to the eighteenth century. Readings, discussions, and reports. 3 hours discussion. (005106)
Prerequisites: ITAL 202 or equivalent.
The main literary trends from the eighteenth century to the present. Readings, discussions, and reports. 3 hours discussion. (005107)
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005110)
This course is the study of the arrival, presence, and contributions of the Italian immigrants in the Americas, especially in the United States and California. The course emphasizes the complex dynamics of cultural assimilation and ethnic differentiation of Italian immigrants in the adopted countries. 3 hours lecture. (005115)

6 units selected from:

A maximum of 6 units may be selected from this group.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course uses films set during the Renaissance to offer an overview on a period of time that has given the world a series of unique innovations in painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, politics, and sciences. A journey through the historical context and major themes of the political, literary, and visual culture produced in Italy between ca. 1300 and 1600 are the background of the course main focus: the examination of effective life changes occurred during the Renaissance. This is a combination of film screenings, lecture, and discussion. The use of media is intended to help students reflect upon the way in which the Renaissance phenomenon has been portrayed in western culture. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021202)
The Italian Cinema as a creative art form has had a profound and lasting impact on world cinematography. The course will include Italian film history and the study of major trends and techniques. The relationship of the cinema to socio-political, economic, and literary events in Italy and the world will be studied: Neorealism, The Felliniesque, Spaghetti Western, Commedia all'Italiana, and more recent trends. The class is taught in English and all films have English subtitles. 3 hours discussion. (005111)
Consists of a series of related in-depth monographic studies of such great film directors as De Sica, Visconti, Rossellini, Fellini, Antonioni, Bertolucci, Pasolini, the Tavianis, and Scola. The class is taught in English and all films have English subtitles. 3 hours discussion. (005112)

Italian Language Placement Exam

The Italian language placement exam is taken to assess the placement level and to place students at the most appropriate level in the curriculum of the Italian Program at CSU, Chico.

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