Students looking into and ITALIC classroom as the St. Lawrence String Quartet performs.

ITALIC is an arts-minded, residence-based academic program for first year students.

Students who participate in this yearlong academic program are part of a tightly knit arts community that lives together in Stern Hall’s Burbank House residence. All lectures, sections, workshops and guest talks take place in a cluster of specially-designed on-site seminar and arts practice rooms dedicated to Burbank residents. Conversations often carry on from class to the dining room and back to the dorm late at night, where they morph into jam sessions or collaborative projects in the art studio.

In class and on field trips, ITALIC students study the history and theory of art across the disciplines with faculty from the departments of Art & Art History, Music, English, and Theater & Performance Studies.


The course addresses questions including:

  • What is art? What is it for? What does it do?
  • How have people questioned the value of art?
  • How do works of art challenge us, socially and personally?
  • What challenges can we put to art?
  • What artworks matter most to you?
ITALIC students

ITALIC Quick Facts




30 students

Requirements fulfilled

  • THINK (Thinking Matters)
  • PWR 1
  • ITALIC91 WAYS AII (Aesthetic and Interpretive Inquiry)
  • ITALIC92 WAYS CE (Creative Expression) [optional]


Quarterly Structure for 2020-21

  • 4 units in autumn quarter
    • 50 minutes of lecture, 2x per week
    • 50 minutes of discussion section, 2x per week
  • 4 units in winter (ITALIC PWR)
    • 110 minutes of class, 2x per week
  • 3 units in spring quarter
    • 50 minutes of lecture, 1x per week
    • 50 minutes of discussion section, 2x per week

Units: 11


Contact Us

Email Associate Director Kim Beil


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ITALIC Overview

Faculty Director Karla Oeler and other members of the community discuss the ITALIC experience.

ITALIC students pass on their love of art