Courses and Credits

Enroll in 4-5 courses for 15-20 quarter credits or 13-16 semester credits.

Both English and Italian language courses are available.

Fall Quarter

Food, Law, and Social Justice

Read more about Food, Law, and Social Justice What is food sovereignty, and who owns seeds, species, and recipes? Who grows and prepares our food, and how has this changed over the last 100 years? How should we consider human health, animal welfare, and environmental impact when it comes to food production and consumption? In this course we will raise more questions than we answer, as students…
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Italian Language 201

Read more about Italian Language 201 This course builds on the linguistic skills covered in the previous levels, introducing the most complex structures of Italian language. You will be taught not only the linguistic system, but will also be given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.
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Food, Science, and Sustainability

Read more about Food, Science, and Sustainability What are the basic elements that comprise all foods and what are the fundamental food processing techniques? What is biodiversity and what does it mean for our food system? What role do different production methods and consumer diets play in a future marked by climate change? How can we analyze the sensory qualities of food products, and…
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Cross-Cultural Communications/Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Siena

Read more about Cross-Cultural Communications/Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Siena Living in Siena offers you two important learning experiences. The first (more obvious) one concerns Italian life and culture, specifically as it is lived out around you in Siena day by day. What is important to people here? What patterns are woven into their lives? What about…
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The History of Italian Cinema

Read more about The History of Italian Cinema This course aims to provide a comprehensive but selective overview and analysis of the landmarks of Italian cinema from its beginnings in the Silent era to current production more than 100 years later. The course examines the ways in which Italian cinema reflects the evolution of modern Italy in terms of the changing social, political, economic and…
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Wine in Italy and the Western World

Read more about Wine in Italy and the Western World In the context of the history and culture of Italy, wine is not only a beloved drink but forms an essential part of Italian civilization. From the study of wine students will learn about the practices of earlier cultures, about Italian values and our own. This course will explore various aspects of wine civilization in Italy: mythology,…
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Italian Language 101

Read more about Italian Language 101 The first level course will introduce you to the Italian language, covering the basic communicative tools that are useful for everyday interaction in Italy. You will be taught the linguistic system, and given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.
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Spring Quarter

Italian Language 301

Read more about Italian Language 301 This course provides review, synthesis, consolidation and elaboration of linguistic knowledge gained from lower-division courses. You will also explore some aspects of Italian culture and learn the Italian way of thinking and living by reading Italian newspapers.
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Food and Culture in Italy

Read more about Food and Culture in Italy Why does it matter what people eat, and how does our relationship to food reflect who we are? How can comprehension of food ways enrich our experience abroad? This course is an interdisciplinary analysis of foodways in Italy, with a special focus on Tuscany, using the tools of anthropology, history, geography, sociology, journalism and marketing. We'll…
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Cross-Cultural Communications/Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Siena

Read more about Cross-Cultural Communications/Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Siena Living in Siena offers you two important learning experiences. The first (more obvious) one concerns Italian life and culture, specifically as it is lived out around you in Siena day by day. What is important to people here? What patterns are woven into their lives? What about…
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Picturing People: Italian Art and Society During the Renaissance

Read more about Picturing People: Italian Art and Society During the Renaissance The portrait is one of the most interesting topics of the Italian Renaissance art. The main goal of this course is to use the portrait art as a key to discover the Italian culture and history from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries.
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Wine in Italy and the Western World

Read more about Wine in Italy and the Western World In the context of the history and culture of Italy, wine is not only a beloved drink but forms an essential part of Italian civilization. From the study of wine students will learn about the practices of earlier cultures, about Italian values and our own. This course will explore various aspects of wine civilization in Italy: mythology,…
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Italian Language 101

Read more about Italian Language 101 The first level course will introduce you to the Italian language, covering the basic communicative tools that are useful for everyday interaction in Italy. You will be taught the linguistic system, and given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.
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