The minor in Italian is designed to provide the student with basic fluency in spoken and written Italian and a general introduction to Italian culture. Students who complete the minor in Italian should achieve proficiency in the language equivalent to ITA 2020/Intermediate Italian II. All students interested in Italian are strongly encouraged to participate in the college’s summer study abroad program in Italy.
Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study (available at www.purchase.edu/registrar, under “Forms”) to the School of Humanities main office. The student is assigned a minor advisor in Italian after consultation with the coordinator of the Language and Culture Board of Study.
Academic Requirements for the Minor in Italian
Students majoring in any discipline may pursue a minor in Italian by completing five courses, as follows:
Beginning Italian I
ITA 1010 / 4 credits / Fall
For students who have had little or no previous exposure to the language. Presents the essential structures of spoken and written Italian by involving the student in situations that concretely represent the concepts of the language. Class meets three times a week, including language lab. Credit for this course is awarded only after successful completion of ITA 1020.
Beginning Italian II
ITA 1020 / 4 credits / Spring
A continuation of ITA 1010. Increased time is devoted to reading and writing. The development of oral skills remains the primary objective of the course, which meets three times a week, including language lab.
Intensive Beginning Italian
ITA 1070 / 4 credits / Summer (offered in Italy)
For students who have had little or no previous exposure to the language. Presents the essential structures of spoken and written Italian by involving the student in situations that are tied to daily experiences.
Intermediate Italian I
ITA 2010 / 4 credits / Fall
For students already familiar with the fundamentals of spoken and written Italian. After a review of grammar through various reading assignments, students are given a context for discussion to increase vocabulary and speaking ease. Weekly compositions aid grammar review.
Intermediate Italian II
ITA 2020 / 4 credits / Spring
A continuation of ITA 2010. Weekly compositions serve as an aid for grammar review.
Intensive Intermediate Italian
ITA 2070 / 4 credits / Summer (offered in Italy)
For students already familiar with the fundamentals of spoken and written Italian. Particular attention is given to conversation, encouraging the student to communicate in Italian. Various authentic materials (newspapers, videos, audio cassettes) are used to facilitate this process.
Intensive Advanced Italian
ITA 3070 / 4 credits / Summer (offered in Italy)
For students who have had at least four semesters of college Italian or the equivalent. Through selected readings on a variety of topics, students explore the more complex aspects of the Italian language. Discussions and written work based on the readings help students attain a higher level of fluency.
20th-Century Italian Drama
ITA 3232 Refer to THP 3232 in Theatre and Performance Courses (Conservatory of Theatre Arts) for description.
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