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 116A Italian Renaissance: Renewal of Art and Thought

    Instructor: Andrea Moudarres

    Examine fifteenth-century Italian Humanism, focusing particularly on the cultural production of Medicean Florence. Students will discuss the role...

  • IT 46 Italian Cinema and Culture in English

    Instructor: Thomas Harrison

    With an eye to the interrelation of sexual and political desire in culture, this course engages in a detailed analysis of celebrated Italian films.

  • IT 110 Dante in English

    Instructor: Andrea Moudarres

    Dante’s Divine Comedy – a classic masterpiece of world literature, a pinnacle of medieval philosophy and theology, and a crucial work in the develo...

  • IT 121 Literature and Film

    Instructor: Viviana Pezzera

    Comparative study of specific literary works and their adaptation into film and of different techniques in two media and forms of expression...