The MINIMUM course load for is 12 credits:

2 levels Italian Language and Culture course (ITL 4805, offered only at beginner level) + 2 Content courses


1 level Italian Language course (offered at any levels) + 3 Content courses.

The MAXIMUM course load is 16 credits:

2 levels Italian Language and Culture course (offered only at beginner level) + 3 Content courses + 1 credit AVC 4800 - Intro to Italian Art class,


1 Level Italian Language course (offered at any levels) + 4 Content Courses + 1 credit AVC 4800 - Intro to Italian Art class,

Please make sure you choose courses not conflicting!

This course explores the monotheistic religions of the Near East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), those of India and the Far East (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism) and the “new-age” faiths. The history and practice of each is studied. Special emphasis is laid on the philosophical and psychological basis of each religion and common themes such as “the self”, suffering, free will, ethics the relationship between this world and the otherworld. Primary and secondary sources are studied along with an examination of methodology in comparative religion.


ARW 4195- Principles of Academic Research

This course introduces students to international economic relations. These relations are relations of international trade, international production and finance as well as international development. The course is taught within the context of technology, politics and culture.


ECN 3200 Foundations of Economics or ECN 4105 Introduction to Microeconomics

According to anthropologist Jon Holtzman, the tastes and flavours of a country’s traditional table are a meaningful representation of its collective memory. This course examines the geography, history and culture of Italian regional dishes that have brought Italy worldwide renown. The course looks at regional gastronomic traditions and their origins, including differences in how food is prepared, the representation of Italian food practices in media and cinema, food symbolism in Italian culture, food ethics and sustainable agriculture, with an examination of today’s fast and slow food traditions. A visit to a wine and olive oil farm in Tuscany will give a practical illustration of how resources are linked to food practices.

This course covers the history of Italian fashion from the late gothic period to current Made in Italy design. It looks at Italian fashion styles in relation to art history in an international, social and economic context. Fashion and its relation to culture, subculture, gender, and communication are emphasized. On-site visits illustrate Florence’s dominant role in fashion.  Prerequisites: AVC 4200 Introduction to Art Across Cultures or AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture or HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing II