Courses and Credits

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

Both English and Italian courses are available. 

Fall courses: Italian 101, 201, 301.

Spring courses: Italian 101, 103, 203, 302.

Fall Quarter

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 their history, their...Read more

Italian Language 101

Italian
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.Read more

Italian Language 201

Italian
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.Read more

Journalism in Italy

Journalism and Communications
Like sailing, gardening, politics and poetry, journalism is a craft of place; it works by the light of local knowledge," said James Carey. The pre-structure of Italian journalism is different from that of American journalism and the journalistic tradition, as well as the state of the media of a...Read more

Rediscovery of Humanity: Renaissance in Central Italy

Art History
This course offers you a journey through the rich pageant of Renaissance art and culture, giving you the critical tools with which to analyze, understand and appreciate more fully the works of art produced in central Italy from the mid-thirteenth to mid-fifteenth centuries. We will look closely at...Read more

The History of Italian Cinema

Cinema Studies
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...Read more

Wine in Italy and the Western World

History, Social Sciences and Humanities
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...Read more
Spring Quarter

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 their history, their...Read more

Food and Culture in Italy

Anthropology
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...Read more

Introduction to Macroeconomics

Business and Economics
This course provides an introduction to how key aggregate variables such as real economic activity, economic growth, unemployment, and inflation are determined. You will learn to apply Classical and Keynesian theories to these issues, exploring governmental monetary and fiscal policies in the...Read more

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Business and Economics
You will gain an understanding of the basics of confidence intervals and hypothesis testing in this course. You will learn to recognize the appropriate hypothesis test, carry out tests, and compute corresponding confidence levels. You will learn the two sample t-test, two sample proportions, z-test...Read more

Italian Language 101

Italian
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.Read more

Italian Language 103

Italian
This course builds on the linguistic skills covered in the previous levels, introducing new, more complex structures. You will be taught the linguistic system, and given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.Read more

Italian Language 203

Italian
Building on skills learned at prior levels, this course is designed to develop language proficiency. You will be taught the linguistic system, and given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.Read more

Italian Language 301

Italian
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.Read more

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.Read more

Politics in Italy: Between History and Society

History, Political Science
This course will compare Italy’s political system with the American system, and aims to provide you with a thorough knowledge of the factors that have shaped and influenced the construction of Italian identity and politics. The course will also help you understand the peculiarity of the Italian...Read more

Wine in Italy and the Western World

History, Social Sciences and Humanities
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...Read more