Italian Studies


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 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!


2018-2019 Italian Fashion and the Pursuit of Beauty Lecture Series 

* Italian Fashion and the Pursuit of Beauty - Calendar of Events.pdf
2018-2019 Italian Fashion and the Pursuit of Beauty Lecture Series
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"Fashion and the Power in Renaissance Venice"
Ann Rosalind Jones (Smith College)
September 17, 2018, 5-6pm,  Idea Accelerator

"The Hair is Full of Snames: How Leonard da Vinci and Botticelli Made You Fall in Love with Italian Women"
Emanuele Lugli (Stanford University)
November 19, 2018, 4-5pm, Idea Accelerator

"The Culture of Fashion in Italy: Women, Film and Media"
Eugenia Paulicelli (Queens College and The Graduate Center - CUNY)
February 18, 2019, 5-6pm, Idea Accelerator

"A Conversation About the Italian Fashion System"
Nicola Guerini (Milano Fashion Institute)
March 19, 2019, 5-6 pm, Idea Accelerator

Italian Fashion and the Pursuit of Beauty Lecture Videos

Fashion and Power in Renaissance Venice

Dr. Jones explores Venice's position as the center of Renaissance fashion and printing, by examining printed costume books and other images.

The Culture of Fashion in Italy: Women, Film and Media

Dr. Eugenia Paulicelli examines Italian fashion, women, and cinema in the 20th century.

The Hair is Full of Snares: How Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli Made You Fall in Love with Italian Women

Emanuele Lugli (Stanford University) discusses Leonardo, Botticelli, and Renaissance hairstyle.

A Conversation About the Italian Fashion System

Nicola Guerini from the Milano Fashion Institute presents A Conversation About the Italian Fashion System.

View our Italian Lecture Series page to view past lecture series held by Italian Studies! 

Italian Studies Coordinator

Dr. Luca Cottini
St. Augustine Center 339
Dr. Cottini's Webpage

Please visit our Language Lab for audio files and web resources.

Student Organizations

*Italian Honor Society - Gamma Kappa Alpha
*Italian Club - Circolo Italiano

Upcoming Events

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