Summer 2021 Courses

Undergraduate Courses

French Undergraduate Courses

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French 101: First Semester French

French 101 is intended for students with no previous study of French. Course goals focus on developing interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative skills and cultural awareness of the French-speaking world. Topics explored in the course include personal identity, daily life, youth culture, and education.

French 102: Second Semester French

French 102 is the continuation of French 101 and is intended for students with limited study of French (e.g., 1-2 years of high school level study). Course goals focus on developing interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative skills and cultural awareness of the French-speaking world. Topics explored in the course include travel, fashion, media, and housing.

French 312: Advanced Composition and Conversation

Credits: 3 Contact: Heather Willis Allen

Academic Advisors for French 

For new advisees, including those ready to fill out the form to declare the French Major or French Certificate, contact Ewa Miernowska

For continuing advisees, contact fritdept@letsci.wisc.edu

For placement scores and permission to enroll in ‘honors’ sections, contact Professor Heather Willis Allen

For questions regarding Foreign Credit Evaluation, contact Professor Vlad Dima or email us at fritdept@letsci.wisc.edu

Italian Undergraduate Courses

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Italian 102: Second Semester Italian

Credits: 4 Contact: Loren Eadie

This 4-credit course is designed for students with some knowledge of the Italian language.  In this course, you will improve the skills gained in Italian 101 and learn new structures and expressions that will enable you to talk about past events, formulate plans for the future, express desires and opinions. Several workshops throughout the semester will improve your reading and writing skills.
You will be actively engaged in  activities such as:  role-plays, and pair and group work.  Listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills are integrated in all activities.  To facilitate acquisition of the target language, this course will be conducted in Italian.  Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to enroll in Italian 203.  Prerequisite: Italian 101 or 181 or 1 year HS Italian.  Open to Fr.

Italian 201: Accelerated First Year Italian

Credits: 4 Contact: Loren Eadie

Accelerated development of oral, reading and writing skills up to a level equivalent to that of the end of ITALIAN 102. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. Does not award retro credit.

Italian 203: Third Semester Italian

Credits: 4 Contact: Loren Eadie

This 4-credit course is designed for students who have successfully completed Italian 102 or 201.  The goal of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of contemporary Italian language and culture.  This course will advance spoken and written language skills developed in previous courses.  Pair and group work will provide you with numerous opportunities to interact with your classmates in Italian.  You will be actively engaged in activities that will enhance acquisition of the Italian language through advanced oral comprehension, conversation, reading and writing.  You will revise some grammatical structures covered in previous courses, and learn new advanced aspects of the language.  This course is conducted entirely in Italian.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to enroll in Italian 204.  Prerequisite: Italian 102 or 2 yrs HS Italian. Open to Fr.

Literature in Translation 253: Dante's Divine Comedy

Credits: 3 Contact: Jelena Todorović

Have you ever wondered about human nature? What is our place in this world? Through readings, videos, and original images, we will explore and discuss Dante’s answers from one of the greatest world literary classics, his Divine Comedy. From Hell, through Purgatory to Paradise, we will travel together with Dante in a universal tale of the journey of the human soul. Along the way, we will learn about Dante, his life and his works, development of literary history, historical and socio-political context of medieval Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. We will make connections that cross today’s geographic and cultural lines in an exploration of literary topics, the history of ideas, and shared history, pondering universal concepts and patterns in the development of civilization that can still be observed today.

Literature in Translation 365: Machiavelli and His World

Credits: 3 Contact: Kristin Phillips-Court

Introduces students to the major works of Machiavelli through the close reading of his writings in cultural and historical contexts. Discussion and targeted writing assignments will aim at cultivating in students 1) a broad understanding of Machiavelli’s principal intellectual attitudes, 2) a deeper understanding of his literary sensibility, and 3) the ability to articulate controversies and complexities surrounding his thought.

Academic Advisors for Italian 

For questions, please contact a faculty member of the Italian Advising Team:

For questions about study abroad and foreign credit:

Ready to fill out the form to declare the Italian Major or the Italian Certificate? Contact Shawn Ramer.

Graduate Courses

French Graduate Courses

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French 615: Grammaire Avancée

Credits: 3 Contact: Martine Debaisieux

Advanced course in French grammar and style, with a special focus on various critical and professional applications. For students in the Professional French Masters Program.

French 617: Contemporary Skill Set Literature in French

Credits: 3 Contact: Gilles Bousquet

This course examines how contemporary business and professional writing in French portrays professional skill sets for readers in Francophone Europe and North America, and to a lesser extent in Francophone Africa, particularly in the fields of international education, international development, marketing, management, and administration.

French 623: Communication Orale en Situations Professionnelles

Credits: 3 Contact: Ritt Deitz

Professional communication for advanced speakers of French, with a particular focus on intercultural analysis, nonverbal communication, and public speaking. Required for students in the Professional French Masters Program.

Italian Graduate Courses – N/A