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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: Early Modern Italy

    Instructor: Andrea Moudarres

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of Italy's unique contribution to Western civilization in...

  • IT 102B Italian Cultural Experience in English

    Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

    Lecture, three hours. Study of cultural development of Italy. Renaissance discovery of human genius; crucial...

  • IT 191 Variable Topics Research Seminars: Italian Studies: Italian Jewish Experience

    Instructor: Daniel Stein Kokin

    Never large in demographic terms, Italian Jewry has nonetheless enjoyed continuity and creativity virtually unparalleled...

  • IT 103A Introduction to Classic Italian Literary and Cultural Studies

    Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

    Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 100. Taught in Italian. Selected classic works of Italian...