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Italian Studies Minor


The Italian Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary minor, consisting of a total of 6 courses. The Minor provides a flexible structure, which affords students the possibility to pursue their interests and passions while ensuring comprehensive study of Italian language and culture.

Intermediate Italian I & II  (or the equivalent taken at another institution, upon approval) are required for the minor. Students with prior knowledge of Italian can place out of Intermediate Italian I and/or II, in which case they would be exempted from taking them. Students placing out of Intermediate Italian I would begin their study at Intermediate Italian II and complete the minor with four electives. Students placing out of Intermediate Italian II would be exempted from the Intermediate Italian requirement, and complete the minor with five elective courses.

Of the 4 courses in addition to Intermediate Italian I & II, students may choose from a list of pre-approved electives or request approval for a course from the program director. The list of pre-approved courses is growing every semester, so please contact the program director for an updated list of electives. Some courses on the list have pre-requisites, so students are asked to read course descriptions carefully. Courses currently on offer include:

• ARH 208. Baroque Art
• ARH 301. Italian Renaissance Art
• ENG 283. Venice, Jews & Italian Culture
• ENG 313/314. Medieval Literature
• HST 131. Introduction to History: World War and Memory
• HST 247. Civil War, Holocaust, Crisis: Europe 1900-1945
• HST 315/316. Renaissance
• HST 388. Modern Italy
• ITL 220. The Italian-American Experience
• ITL 382. A Modern-Day Inferno: The Holocaust in Italian Literature & Film
• ITL 383. Italian Theatre in Translation: Il grande spettacolo
• ITL 384. Eatalians: An Exploration of Italian Culinary Culture
• ITL 385. Cinecittà: The Italian City in Italian Cinema
• ITL 387. Advanced Italian: Texts in Context
• ITL 970. Dante's Divine Comedy
• PHL 281. Language, Communication and Interpretation
• THR 351. Commedia dell’arte

If a student chooses to study abroad, up to two courses taken in Italy can be counted toward the minor. Students studying abroad must take at least one ITL course after their return to Muhlenberg.


Faculty Contributing to the Italian Studies Minor:

Dr. Daniel Leisawitz, Program Director (LLC)
Ms. Daniela Viale (LLC)
Dr. Thomas Cartelli (English & Film Studies)
Dr. Thomas Cragin (History)
Dr. Jack Gambino (Political Science)
Ms. Francine Roussel (Theatre)
Dr. William Tighe (History)

Please contact Dr. Daniel Leisawitz for details about the Italian program and Italian Studies Minor.