Welcome to Italian Studies!
The Italian Studies program of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers a major and a minor.
The program offers a variety of courses, from the elementary to the advanced level. In addition to emphasizing language proficiency, the Italian Division offers interdisciplinary courses, leading students to explore the multiple facets of Italian culture, related to Italy’s vast heritage (in literature, art, music, history and philosophy) and to its present contributions in the world of business, science, and technology. The classroom experience is enriched through the mediation of the Italian Club (Circolo Italiano) which sponsors a variety of cultural activities, including field trips to points of interest, scholarly lectures, and conversation tables.
Faculty are involved in the Honors Program, and in a joint-program with the University of Urbino, offering students the possibility to spend a summer or a semester abroad. They are also engaged in the active organization of public conferences, events and lectures.
Knowledge of Italian provides access to a rich cultural background, and, at the same time, to a singular perspective on contemporary world. While exploring the master of Western thought (Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Bernini, Galileo, and Vico to name a few), the encounter with Italian culture provides also a singular reflection on current events, by embodying a unique business model (in fashion, design, and the culinary industry) and a peculiar political perspective on Europe and America.
Click here to read an interview Dr. Luca Cottini gave to the Business International Magazine about American students studying Italian!
“Boccaccio and Beauty: Text, Painting, Film," launches Thursday, Oct. 20 with "Boccaccio’s Decameron and the Search for Meaning” featuring Stanford University's David Lummus, PhD. The series will run through February 2017. Each event of the series starts at 5 p.m. in the Idea Accelerator in Falvey Memorial Library.
The complete schedule is as follows:
- Oct. 20, 2016, “Boccaccio’s Decameron and the Search for Meaning”
David Lummus, PhD, Stanford University
- Nov. 2, 2016, “(Im)material Girls: Paradiso 15, Commentaries and Giovanni Villani”
Kristina Olson, PhD, George Mason University
- Jan. 30, 2017, “Defending Poetry in Difficult Times: How Boccaccio Can Save the Humanities”
Martin Eisner, PhD, Duke University
- Feb. 20, 2017, “The Boccaccio ‘Brand’ in the Cinema: Fellini, De Laurentiis, Pasolini and Woody Allen”
Millicent Marcus, PhD, Yale University