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 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!

In need of Italian tutoring? You can sign up for sessions with Dr. Inna Rayevsky here! 

2017-2018 Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty Lecture Series 

Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty Intro Video

View the video above for insight into the upcoming 2017-2018 Italian Studies lecture series Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty. We hope you will join us at the launch of this wonderful series on October 24, 2017! 

* Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty - Calendar of Events.pdf
2017-2018 Italian Lecture Series: Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty

Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty Lecture Videos and Podcasts

Designing an Italian Style at Universal Expositions

Cristina Della Coletta, PhD, University of California San Diego, presents “Designing an Italian Style at Universal Expositions” as part of the Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 4-5pm in the Idea Accelerator in Falvey Library.

Listen to the “Designing an Italian Style at Universal Expositions” podcast for a pre-lecture interview with Cristina Della Coletta, PhD here!

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