A major or minor in Italian Literature and Culture prepares students to succeed in a multilingual and multicultural world. Students will develop the knowledge and critical skills necessary to understand and engage with a variety of aspects of Italian culture and society, enhancing interdisciplinary study in fields such as classical music, opera, art history, and cinema. Our faculty teach students how to read and analyze texts with rigor and insight, write carefully and with well-supported arguments, and refine their written and oral expression.
About our Program
The Italian Language Program is part of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and falls under Italian Studies. We offer first-year and second-year language sequences, an accelerated course for speakers of Romance languages, and third-year language and culture courses on various topics.
We also organize cultural activities and events, such as conversation hours, movie nights, cooking workshops, and others.
News & Events
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago in collaboration with FACETS, presents a selection of Italian movies that explore issues of migration and identity through the cinematic medium. The series is presented under the Institute’s 2023 theme Chi Siamo:...
Last Spring quarter, the students of Italian 20650 "Translating Italian Comics" produced wonderful translations of Italian comics, which their professor Sara Dallavalle collected in this anthology. Congratulazioni!...
On May 18th, the RLL Language programs and Global Studies are having their end-of-year picnic and volleyball. Join us to celebrate the end of this quarter and be recharged for your final exams!
Beatrice Fazio's "The Renaissance of Emotions" course was exciting and thought-provoking for students, allowing them to explore the meaning, history, and evolution of emotions in the texts of Italian literature from the 14th to the early 19th century. The course...
A Roman guy in Syria, a Sardinian in Ukraine, the history of word puzzles between New York and Milan, an imaginary Venice... Italian comics, from memoir to graphic reportage, often alternate between the local and the global, combining a highly personal sense of place...
My favorite part of taking Italian is how energetic and encouraging my professors are. Every one of my professors has been enthusiastic, and that enthusiasm both makes class more fun and makes practicing with the language easier.
Studying Italian with this department has really improved my confidence in group discussions in general and in developing my own voice, whether in English or in any other language. I feel more confident speaking up and sharing my ideas even when I might make mistakes, and I feel like I can express my ideas in my own unique voice even when it’s another language
There are also so many elements of Italian culture and products of Italy that we engage with on a daily basis—from White Lotus to Elena Ferrante to Nutella, pasta, and so much more. Given how much Italy and Italian culture are part of contemporary social life, I see Italian as a great language to learn!
My Italian class has taught me to be confident when approaching new learning opportunities and enthusiastic about developing connections with my classmates. Our small-classroom setting fosters a welcoming environment where I feel comfortable taking risks, and I value the opportunity to work closely and connect with all of my classmates.