2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Italian (ITA)

Romance Languages & Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620
Ph: 716-645-2191
F: 716-645-5981
W: rll.buffalo.edu
Dr. Justin Read
Chair
Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Learning Environment

Italian courses are taught in the target language from the first day of the first class. Every session is highly interactive, with students encouraged to speak several times, both spontaneously and when called on. In introductory classes, instructors model usage and pronunciation and the class repeats and practices until the new pattern is learned. As students move through the curriculum, their participation evolves; students perform original skits as well as scenes from established dramatic works, and in advanced classes they present their research findings to the class and respond to feedback, all in the target language. The RLL curriculum emphasizes language mastery as well as the development of analytical skill, literary analysis, and cultural knowledge. Current events, whether in Marseilles or Mexico City or Quebec or Rome, are a focus throughout the curriculum. Courses are small in size. Graduate teaching assistants or adjunct faculty staff most 100-level and some 200-level classes, and regular faculty staff virtually all 300- and 400-level courses.

About Our Facilities

RLL recently updated its departmental classroom to provide state-of-the-art audio visual technology for classroom presentations, lectures and films. The department also has a Québec Studies seminar room with specially dedicated materials and equipment available to support film study. A spacious conference room serves for meetings and oral exams. All regular classrooms are equipped with up-to-date computing and display technology and are linked by a T1 connection to the Internet. Secure wifi is ubiquitous on campus.

About Our Faculty

The breadth of faculty specializations in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and a pan-Romance model make for an actively interdisciplinary research and teaching agenda which promotes linguistic, literary, cultural, and visual literacies. We have emerging interests in Catalan and Portuguese, with cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, as well as Cultural, Postcolonial, Gender, Disability, and Urban and Landscape Studies, in addition to Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics. RLL faculty contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives such as UB’s Humanities Institute, the Gender Institute, the Early Modern Reading Group, Poetics and Canadian Studies.

RLL graduate students are productive and high achieving. They have successfully competed for UB Presidential scholarships; been short-listed for Fulbright and Ford fellowships; received CAS and Humanities Institute dissertation writing grants; had papers accepted in major disciplinary conferences, and articles accepted for publication at peer-reviewed journals. They organize an annual conference and publish its proceedings.

Full time tenured/tenure track RLL faculty: 16
Teaching assistants: 19
Adjunct faculty: 8

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Romance Languages and Literatures department website for additional information about our faculty.

ITA Courses


  • ITA 101LEC Elementary Italian 1st Semester
    Lecture

    Involves work on basic structure and vocabulary emphasizing the language as spoken and heard, and developing skills of reading and writing.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: Score of 0-250 on WebCAPE Italian Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
  • ITA 102LEC Elementary Italian 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    Involves work on basic structure and vocabulary emphasizing the language as spoken and heard, and developing skills of reading and writing.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: ITA 101
  • ITA 104LEC Transitional Elementary Italian
    Lecture

    Review of elementary level course material for students who have studied the language for a year or two in high school and/or passed a Regents Examination (or equivalent) in this language. This course satisfies the General Education Requirement. Students who have successfully completed 101 and/or 102 cannot register in 104 as this is a course duplicate. Students wishing to retake the course to improve on their grade must do so prior to moving to the next level, 151. Students are encouraged to take their language courses upon entering UB.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Score of 251-325 on WebCAPE Italian Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
  • ITA 106LEC Italian for Spanish Speakers
    Lecture

    An innovative course that seeks to teach the Italian language to speakers of Spanish, a Romance language that shares with Italian similar grammatical and syntactical structures. Enables Spanish native speakers, or advanced students of Spanish, to acquire an intermediate-level mastery of the following four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students who have completed ITA 101 and/or ITA 102 should not register for ITA 106 as no credit will be given for duplicate courses.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 151LEC Intermediate Italian 1st Semester
    Lecture

    Studies grammar and pronunciation centered on conversation, and works on vocabulary expansion through literary and nonliterary readings. Previously ITA 203.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
    Prerequisites: ITA 102 or ITA 104 or score of 326-409 on WebCAPE Italian Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
  • ITA 151REC Intermediate ITA Recitation
    Recitation

    Italian 151REC is a 1-credit optional course for students who are currently enrolled in ITA 151LEC or who have taken ITA 151LEC already. It provides further in-depth practice of the language skills developed in ITA 151LEC. There will be extensive reading, writing, and conversation practice. Students who are doing the Language Track starting with ITA 104, will benefit from this course to complete the 9-credit requirement of the track.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: ITA 102 or ITA 104 or score of 326-409 on WebCAPE Italian Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
    Corequisites: ITA 151LEC
  • ITA 152LEC Intermediate Italian 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    For students who wish to enter the Italian major program. Involves advanced-level Italian; emphasizes grammatical and critical readings. Previously ITA 206.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: ITA 151 or Score of 410-575 on WebCAPE Italian Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
  • ITA 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • ITA 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • ITA 207LEC Ital Convers & Composit
    Lecture

    This course reinforces and strengthens linguistic proficiency, cultural fluency and critical thinking skills in a focused and sustained manner. The course enriches specific intermediate-level skills for more advanced use: it targets description (people, objects, places), summary and narration of events in all time frames, and articulation and defense of an opinion in conversation and debate as well as in writing. The course goals are achieved through reading, discussion, and written analysis of magazine and newspaper articles, narrative prose, poetry, and also film from the Italian-speaking world as well as public speaking. An increasingly nuanced mastery of grammar, style, expression and gesture through activities carefully aligned with the course's target areas also factors into the development of a critical voice and a sense of how meaning is created and transmitted.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ITA 152 or score of 576-600 on WebCAPE Italian Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
  • ITA 321LEC Advanced Italian Grammar, Composition and Conversation I
    Lecture

    Involves reading and discussion of excerpts from Italian writers, and introduces the main personalities and works representing Italian civilization.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ITA 322SEM Advanced Communication for Students of Italian
    Seminar

    This course functions as a workshop where students strengthen knowledge and skills necessary for communication in fields and world regions where the Italian language is used. They learn to apply productive communicative processes (including revision) necessary for written work and presentations, describe the conventions they use, and make effective arguments in varied contexts. Students also refine their use of Italian and they cultivate a heightened sense of cross-cultural awareness. Similarly they reflect on the usefulness of communication technologies (including formal writing) as tools for critical thought while they learn to use the language more carefully and purposefully. By the end of the course, students will be more thoroughly prepared to communicate, including in Italian, as well as articulate their own relationship to various genres, registers, and forms of communication. At least 75% of the class involves work in Italian

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201) and ITA 200-level course or equivalent ( as determined by departmental faculty advisor)
  • ITA 382LEC Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Theory
    Lecture

    Examines second language acquisition (SLA) from a variety of vantage points. Explores the factors that affect learning a second language (e.g. age, native language, environment, goals, and learner strategies), and outlines the succession of theories about how people acquire a second language. Students survey and share some of the relevant research literature on an SLA issue that interests them. Further, students engage in and reflect upon a practical observation or tutoring session. This course is the same as SPA 382 & FR 382 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ITA 401LEC Directed Reading
    Lecture

    The student chooses several literary works he or she is interested in and studies them under the guidance of the professor.

    Credits: 3 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ITA 402LEC Directed Reading
    Lecture

    The student chooses several literary works he or she is interested in and studies them under the guidance of the professor.

    Credits: 3 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • ITA 403LEC The Works of Dante
    Lecture

    Considers medieval literature in Provence and France, including the works of Dante, beginning with Vita Nuova through the Divine Comedy. Explores the main personalities and works representing Italian civilization.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ITA 404SEM The Works of Dante
    Seminar

    Considers medieval literature in Provence and France, including the works of Dante, beginning with Vita Nuova through the Divine Comedy. Explores the main personalities and works representing Italian civilization.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 405LEC Twentieth-Century Italian Literature
    Lecture

    Examines modern literature of Italy starting with such nineteenth-century forerunners as Verga, Pascoli, D'Annunzio. Pays particular attention to the fascist regime, its rise and fall, World War II, and the neocapitalist society of the last two decades.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • ITA 406LEC 20c Italian Literature
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 407LEC Hist of Italian Language
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 409SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • ITA 410SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 411SEM Petrarch and Boccaccio
    Seminar

    Presents selected readings of the masterworks of Giovanni Boccaccio and Francesco Petrarca, with attention to the authors who influenced their work and authors who were subsequently influenced by these two crowns of Italian literature.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 412LEC Literature of the Trecento and Renaissance
    Lecture

    Presents selected readings and analyses, from Petrarch and early Italian poets, as well as Boccaccio and early Italian novelists. Investigates the spirit of the Renaissance; including its poetry, epic prose, and pastoral romance versus the social writings of Machiavelli, Castiglione, and Guicciardini.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • ITA 413LEC Italian Theatre
    Lecture

    Studies the history of Italian theatre; including Machiavelli, Commedia dell' Arte, Goldoni, Alfieri, D'Annunzio, Pirandello, and others.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • ITA 414LEC Lit of the Risorgimento
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 415LEC Modern Novel From Manzoni to the Present
    Lecture

    Involves a study of Manzoni's masterpiece and subsequent monuments of Italian fiction. Surveys famous novels dealing with industrialization, alienation, and experimentalism.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ITA 416LEC Mod Poets Pascoli Present
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 417LEC Twentieth-Century Italian Poets
    Lecture

    Studies Italy's poets from the turn of the century through two world wars.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 418LEC The Works of Pirandello
    Lecture

    Examines Pirandello's short stories, two novels, and six plays, and analyzes their social, psychological, and metaphysical questions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 419LEC Italian Lit in Trans
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 420LEC Italian Lit in Trans
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 421LEC Survey of IT Lit
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 422LEC Modern Italian Literature
    Lecture

    Surveys poetry, prose fiction, and theatre from Leopardi and Manzoni to the present.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • ITA 423LEC Dante and the Middle Ages
    Lecture

    Considers the works of Dante in terms of cultural, philosophical, and political upheavals of the thirteenth and early-fourteenth centuries. Taught in English.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 424SEM Twentieth-Century Italian Theatre
    Seminar

    Investigates twentieth-century Italian theatre, from Pirandello to the present, with special attention given to dramatic theories by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Luigi Pirandello, and others.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • ITA 425LEC Italian Novella
    Lecture

    Considers the short story through seven centuries; presents representative examples from Boccaccio to the present.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • ITA 426LEC Masterpieces of Early Italian Literature
    Lecture

    Studies provincial and early Italian lyric poetry, including Guinizelli, Cavalcanti, Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, as well as Italian prose selections of the same period.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 427LEC Masterpieces of Modern Italian Literature
    Lecture

    Studies Italian literature from Ariosto to Calvino.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 429LEC Italian Cinema I
    Lecture

    Examines contemporary Italian society mirrored in the movies, especially Italian film from the 1930s, or fascist era, to the present. This course is the same as DMS 429, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • ITA 430LEC Italian Directors
    Lecture

    Involves the study of postwar Italian film. Focuses on directors such as Fellini, Antonioni, Rossellini, Visconti, Bertolucci, and Pasolini.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 444SEM Italian Renaissance Drama
    Seminar

    Explores the social, political, and aesthetic role played by the theatre of the Italian Renaissance with attention to the role of comedy, the influence of Humanism, the development of secular drama, the reawakening of classic texts, and the ways in which drama reflected and influenced Renaissance society. Studies the influence of Italian Renaissance drama on world theatre, with particular attention to the roots of Italian theatre within the evolution of William Shakespeare's works.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 450LEC The Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance in Movies
    Lecture

    The Middle Ages and the Renaissance?two historical periods associated with splendor and crisis, with the harshness of war and with the beauty of the most refined arts, and also with magic and superstition?have fascinated the modern imagination for a very long time. Not surprisingly, many filmmakers have been inspired by these historical periods. This course will analyze different representations of the Italian Middle Ages and the Renaissance on film, from the ones striving for historical accuracy to comic and satiric renditions. The course will integrate the movies with primary and secondary sources that explore different aspects of the history, the culture, and the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Italy. Students will use historical film to reflect on the origins (in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance) of issues that are of paramount importance to our world, such as encounters between different cultures and populations, the development of the modern notion of politics and of the State, the evolution of the role of women in society, and the birth of the modern notion of scientific knowledge.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • ITA 496TUT Internship/Practicum
    Tutorial

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ITA 498TUT Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
    Tutorial

    Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • ITA 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Students who have demonstrated the ability to perform upper-level coursework may wish to research a topic not available through regular course offerings. Requires permission of a supervising faculty member.

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Romance Languages & Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620
Ph: 716-645-2191
F: 716-645-5981
W: rll.buffalo.edu
Dr. Justin Read
Chair
Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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