Course Description

Course Name

The Italian-American Experience

Session: VRMS3122

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

ENG 102

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


The course examines literary, cinematic, and critical works on the experience of Italian Americans in order to investigate the many facets of their identity. The first part of the course includes readings on theories of race, ethnicity, and identity formation in the United States. The second part explores novels, films, and popular culture as evidence of the many forms of Italian-American cultural expression and their representation. Particular attention is given to the construction of internal and external stereotypes, inter-ethnic relations between Italians and other minorities in the US, and religious, family, and gender identity.

*Course content subject to change