The Department of Italian at UCLA offers a unique combination of literary, linguistic and cultural experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level, making it one of the most prestigious programs for Italian Studies in North America.

Besides covering the full range of Italian language and literature, the Department also provides scholars the possibility of approaching Italian culture through film; through linguistic history and dialectology; through interdisciplinary ties to many other UCLA departments; and through close relationships with the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles…

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Featured Courses

  • IT 42A: Italy through Ages in English: Saints and Sinners in Early Modern Italy

    Instructor: Andrea Moudarres

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of issues of cultural hegemony, political and religious freedom, and doctrinal conflict through

  • IT 102C: Italian Cultural Experience in English

    Instructor: Redford, R.

    Lecture, three hours. Study of cultural development of Italy. Birth of Italian nation from wars of independence to foundation of modern republic, deli

  • IT 123 Modern Italian Cultural Studies

    Instructor: Lucia Re

    Examination of contemporary Italian food culture, fashion and design, photography and visual arts, mass media, politics, music

  • IT 150 Modern Fiction in Translation

    Instructor: Thomas Harrison

    20th-century narrative and poetry by Ortese, Sapienza, Calvino, Tabucchi, Montale and Ungaretti focusing on the “fictional” nature of self-knowledge.

  • IT 216B: Studies in the Renaissance: Ariosto and Renaissance Epic

    Instructor: Andrea Moudarres

    Lecture, three hours. S/U or letter grading.

  • IT125: Italian Through Opera

    Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

    Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. Taught in Italian. Introduction to traditional Italian opera as means of appreciating culture of Italy, art