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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 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!


Italian Set to Music Lecture Series 2019-2020

* Italian Set To Music Event Calendar 2019-2020.pdf
Italian Set to Music Lecture Series 2019-2020 Event Calendar
series flyer

“From Unholy Racket to Heavenly Choirs: Music in Dante's Commedia”
Francesco Ciabattoni, Georgetown University
Thursday, September 19, 2019
5:30pm Mendel 10

“Lorenzo Da Ponte and How the Italian Language Made Opera Global”
Roberto Andreoni, IES Milano
Thursday, October 3, 2019
5:30pm Mendel 10

“A History (Sort of) of Modern Italian Song”
Alessandro Carrera, University of Houston
Thursday, February 6, 2020
4:30pm Idea Accelerator (Falvey Memorial Library

“Un piccolo grande cantastorie: Claudio Baglioni and his ever-changing universal stories”
Cathy Ann Elias, DePaul University
Thursday, March 26, 2020
4:30pm Idea Accelerator (Falvey Memorial Library)

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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