The Classroom Experience

Below are a sampling of courses offered in Italian Studies. Besides taking courses at Mount Holyoke and in the Five College community, we encourage our student majors to investigate the many study abroad options available to them, in such culturally diverse cities as, Florence, Rome, Milan, Sienna, and Bologna. For first-year students, we also offer advice on selecting courses

Professor Frau and her students, April 2016.
ITAL-361/FREN-321/ROMLG-375/SPAN-360: Read and discuss authors who wrote about their travels for political, religious, personal and recreational reasons.
Judith Slaying Holofernes (1614–20) Oil on canvas 199 x 162 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence  [Wikipedia]:
ITAL 362: Explore the nature and the politics of love, sex and violence in Italian literature and culture as described by male and female authors.
El Escorial Library, San Lorenzo, Spain
Examine the structural evolution of Romance languages from Vulgar Latin to contemporary forms through the applications of linguistic theories.
MHC Art Museum
ITAL-211: Analyze how objects can define a personality, a space, a life.
     Rialto bridge 2011.jpg More details A view of the Rialto Bridge
If you are taking Italian 101 in the spring, this summer course will get you ready for Italian 201 (Intermediate) in the fall.
The Hijab Series: Boushra Almutawakel
Mothers and Daughters: Explore the mother daughter bond in its many representations in numerous works of fiction, film, and art.
Professor Frau and her students, October 2015
FYSEM 110: Explore and analyzes the strong relationship between food, culture and business in ancient and modern Italian society.
Heroes and Infidels
Study masculine identity and the birth of Europe in medieval romance classics.