Summer 2020 Course Offerings

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The Department of French and Italian offers a great variety of courses including undergraduate, graduate, GE, and introductory language courses. ​Students in our courses learn to think critically, discover the appreciation of other cultures, and gain proficiency in a second language. Courses cover all periods of literary, cultural and intellectual history, in-depth specializations in post-colonial studies, medieval, Enlightenment, and modern literature and culture; film studies; literary and cultural theory; historical linguistics; and second-language acquisition.

The most up-to-date list of course offerings is always available via View Schedule of Classes on BuckeyeLink.

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French 1803.01 - Paris

French 3798.01

4 week session 1

Professor Benjamin Hoffmann and Professor Lucille Toth, ONLINE, 3 credit hours

GE Culture and Ideas

Discover Paris as if you were there! In this online class, you will discover eleven Parisian sites, linked to eleven key moments in the history of Paris and French culture. You will witness the construction of Notre Dame, walk virtually through the hallways of Versailles, Le Louvre, the Orsay Museum, and walk through time to get to know medieval Paris, royal Paris, Romantic Paris, Bohemian Paris and the complex, multicultural city it has become today. You will watch lectures recorded by specialists of French culture and history, read texts about the evolution of French culture from the medieval period to our time, watch documentaries and fictions related to each site. By writing a digital journal and analytical texts, you will refine the expression of your ideas and learn to integrate your historical knowledge into personal texts. Taught by two professors from OSU’s French Department, Prof. Hoffmann and Prof. Toth, who both lived in Paris and are specialists of creative writing and dance studies, this class will allow you to get to know Paris from the comfort of your home. 

Students taking this class can still apply to the 2021 session of the Global May Paris Program.


Italian 2055 - Mafia Movies

Italian 2055 Mafia Movies

4 week session 1

Instructor Lauren DeCamilla, ONLINE, 3 credit hours

GE Visual Performing Arts and Diversity Global Studies. Taught in English. 

The Mafia in Italy is referred to as an octopus as the organization pervades almost every facet of Italian cultural life. Tony Soprano, Don Vito and Michael Corleone, Lucky Luciano, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Ciro di Marzio, Peppino Impastato, Roberto Saviano, Christopher Moltisanti, and Donnie Brasco are some of the figures that contribute to the myth of the Italian and Italian-American Mafias. In this course we watch Italian and American mafia movie and television hits, and explore the myth of the Mafia that is so widespread in America, and trace its history as it passes across time and through multiple cultures. We will question whether there exists a unique American or Italian cinema and television treating the Mafia and explore how filmmakers from the two countries approach the subject in dissimilar fashions, especially in terms of stereotyping, gender, and representations of violence and alluring criminals.


Italian 3798.01: The Italian City: A Virtual Adventure

Italian 3798.01

4 week session 1

Professor Jonathan Combs-Schilling, ONLINE, 3 credit hours

GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity Global Studies. Taught in English.

This course “visits” cities to tell the cultural history of Italy, a place which boasts an astonishing variety of famous and captivating urban centers (Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, and many more). Through their fertile and competitive interaction with one another, these cities have shaped the dramatic arc of Italian history and launched countless sociocultural phenomena that have spread all over the globe, from the Mona Lisa and modern banking to Gucci and parmesan cheese. Through Zoom lectures and discussions, literary readings, cinematic viewings, and virtual tours, games and scavenger hunts, we will track how the Italian city has acted as a laboratory for the production of economic and intellectual exchange, political and artistic experimentation, scientific breakthroughs, and richly layered forms of cultural identity.

Students taking this class can still apply to the 2021 session of The Italian City Program.

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French 1101.61, 1102.61, 1103.61 - Beginning French I, II, and III Individualized Distance Learning 

6 week session 1: TWRF 10:20 am - 12:25 pm, 4 credit hours

This is a pilot hybrid version of the classroom course for French I, II, and III. The course will be comprised of both synchronous and asynchronous elements and will take place online. The course will follow a flipped model in that you will do you learning through MindTap, the digital learning tool associated with your course textbook, Liaisons. During scheduled class time, you will participate in written discussion forums, group video recordings, conversation groups, and complete exams. In this course, you will learn the same material that you would in the classroom version, and you will be ready to move on to the next course in the sequence. 

8-week session 2, 2-4 credit hours

This is the online Individualized Instruction version of French I, II, and III. French Individualized Instruction is a self-paced, mastery-based program that is designed to mirror the courses offered in the classroom. Both Individualized Instruction and the classroom track aim to help students achieve a certain level of proficiency. Individualized Instruction offers flexible credit, flexible meeting times, one-on-one instruction, and student autonomy. 

French 2101.51 - Introduction to French and Francophone Studies Individualized Distance Learning

8-week session 2, 1-3 credit hours

Techniques for reading and interpreting different types of texts from the French-speaking world: stories, poetry, plays, films, music, and ads while building vocabulary, comprehension, speaking and writing skills.

Italian 1101.71, 1102.71, 1103.71 - Beginning Italian I, II, and III Online (4 credit hours)

4 week session 1, online, 4 credit hours, Instructor Carla Onorato

Italian 1101.71, 1102.71 and 1103.71 are online alternatives to the classroom versions of the courses. Students should register for the lecture section of the course and choose one of the recitation sections. Students will meet online during the day and time of the recitation for 30 minutes (45 minutes when offered during the summer term). Regular activities such as conversations, online workbook exercises, writing assignments and online quizzes are part of the program.

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French 6571 - French Reading for Research

6 week session 1

Instructor TBA, MWF 12:40 pm - 2:45 pm, 3 credit hours

Designed primarily for students who have no formal preparation in French; covers basic grammar and vocabulary and develops students' reading skills. Credit does not apply to the minimum number of hours required for the master's or doctoral degrees.