Majors and minors

Here is a list of courses you can take as a student of Italian at OU. If you need more information about any of them, our advisors Dr. Roberto Pesce (roberto.pesce@ou.edu) and Dr. Maurizio Vito (maurizio.vito-1@ou.edu) will be happy to help.

Spoiler: We offer courses on most aspects of Italian language, literature, culture and society!

Italian Language – all levels
1115 Beginning Italian I. An elementary course that will help you understand, speak, read and write in Italian.
1225 Beginning Italian II. Prerequisite 1115. Fundamentals of Italian continued.
2113 Intermediate Italian. Prerequisite 1225. Develops reading skills and control of grammar while encouraging oral and written ability. Students are exposed to material of literary and cultural interest.
2223 Intermediate Italian Continued. Prerequisite 2113. Emphasis on advanced reading skills, mastery of grammar and sophisticated vocabulary. Literary and cultural texts are discussed in oral and essay form.
3073 Italian Conversation. Prerequisite 2223. Intensive practice in Italian on topics of everyday life.
3423 Advanced Italian Composition. Prerequisite 2223. Students acquire proper writing habits at an advanced levels and achieve idiomatic Italian.

Italian Literature and Culture
3553 Survey of Italian Literature and Culture I. Prerequisite 2223 or permission. A survey of the history of Italian literature and culture from early development of the Italian language (13th C.) to the Italian Risorgimento (second half of the 19th C). Key authors such as Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo, and Leopardi are read alongside secondary literature, in order to facilitate an understanding of historical, political and cultural contexts.
3663 Survey of Italian Literature and Culture II. Prerequisite 2223 or permission. A survey of the history of Italian literature and culture from the Risorgimento to the present.the course introduces students to literary and cultural discourses that define modern Italian identity/identities.
3853 Reading in Italian Literature. Prerequisite 2223. The course is designed to improve reading comprehension and to introduce the techniques of literary analysis. Representative works from various literary genres will be studied.
4513 Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture. Prerequisite 3073 or 3423. [May be repeated with change of content: maximum credit 9 hrs]. This course focuses on a particular author, genre, or theme from the origins of Italian literature through 1550. Students will read primary texts in the original and learn to understand them through close textual analysis.
4563 Topics in Modern Italian Literature and Culture. Prerequisite 3073 or 3423. [May be repeated with change of content: maximum credit 9 hrs]. This course focuses on a particular author, genre, or theme in contemporary Italian literature (1770-present). Students will read primary texts in the original and learn to understand them through close textual analysis.
4993 Italian Geographies. The course is structured around tropes, utopia, regionalism and mobility. The approach will include readings of literary and cultural materials, and will map and abstract geography of connected “Italies” that both informs and gives shape to the discourse of Italian identity.

Special Topics, Honors Classes and Independent Study
3960 Honors Reading. 1 to 3 hrs. Prerequisite: admission to Honors program. May be repeated; maximum credit 6 hrs. Will consist of topics designared y the instructor in keeping with the student’s major. The topic will cover material not usually presented in regular courses.
3970 Honors Seminar. 1 to 3 hrs. Prerequisite: admission to Honors program. May be repeated; maximum credit 6 hrs. Subjects will vary. Deals with topics not usually covered in regular courses.
3980 Honors Research. 1 to 3 hrs. Prerequisite: admission to Honors program. Provides an opportunity for the Honors candidate to work on a special project in the student’s field.
3990 Independent Study /4990 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hrs. Prerequisite: one course in general area to be studied; permission of instructor and department. May be repeated; maximum credit 6 hrs. Contracted independent study for topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled course.
4960 Directed Readings. 1 to 4 hrs. Prerequisite: good standing in University; permission of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit 4 hrs. Designed for upper-division students who need opportunities to study a specific problem in greater depth than formal course content permits.
4970 Special Topics/Seminar. 1 to 3 hrs. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 9 hrs. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses.May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects.

MLLL courses
MLLL 3313 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture. An interdisciplinary approach to the literature, culture, and history of the Italian peninsula, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Through major works of literature, political science, the visual arts, and cinema, the course explores some of Italy’s salient literary and cultural expressions in their social and historical contexts.
MLLL 3303 The World of Dante. In this course, students will engage in a close reading of a fundamental text in the western literary tradition: Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. The course will also consider one of Dante’s minor works, the Vita Nuova, as well as the modern critical readings of Dante’s writing and thought.
MLLL 3373 Italian Cinema. The course explores the rich tradition of Italian cinema and filmmaking in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through genres such as neorealism, spaghetti western, tragicomedies and topics such as immigration and the economic crisis.
MLLL 4970 Italian Pop Culture. This course introduces students to different aspects of Post-War (1945-onward) Italian popular culture. It deals with major developments in politics, music, art, fashion, cinema, food.

You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the requirements for a major or minor in Italian through this check sheet (link to: http://checksheets.ou.edu/18checksheets/italian-2018.pdf)

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To satisfy all major requirements, the State of Oklahoma requires a minimum of 30 hours beyond Italian 1115 and 1225. The following Support Requirement classes are also applicable towards a major, provided they include an element of Italian culture/history/civilization. These make up the 6 hours that may include anthropology, architecture, geography, history, history of science, international and area studies, political science, and religious studies or economics:

  • A HI 3223: Classical Art and Archaeology: Hellenistic Greek Art and Roman Art
  • A HI 3303: Renaissance Art in Italy, 1200-1600
  • A HI 3403: Baroque Art and Architecture in Europe: 1600-1700
  • A HI 4163: Etruscan Art
  • A HI 4373: The Italian City: Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
  • FMS 3843: Italian Neo-Realism
  • HIST 3053: Medieval Italy
  • HIST 3073: The Renaissance
  • HIST 3120: Sacred/Secular in Renaissance Italy
  • HIST 3183: Italy: Making a Nation?
  • HIST 4403: Mussolini, Fascism, & America
  • HIST 4973: Catholic Empires
  • IAS 3000: Italy through Italian Film
  • IAS 3273: The European Union
  • P SC 3703: From Plato to Machiavelli, the Classic Art of Politics
  • RELS 3663: Roman Religion
  • RELS 3900: Contemporary Catholicism

To learn more about requirements or to propose further additions to the list of Support Requirement classes, please contact Italian advisors, Dr. Roberto Pesce (roberto.pesce@ou.edu) and Dr. Maurizio Vito (maurizio.vito-1@ou.edu).