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 46 Italian Cinema and Culture in English

    Instructor: Thomas Harrison

    Special topics in Italian culture as reflected and reinforced by the nation's prime artform, stressing aesthetics and ideology

  • IT 110 Dante in English

    Instructor: Gianpiero Doebler

    Close study of one of world's greatest literary geniuses, particularly of his masterpiece, "Divine Comedy," the archetypal

  • 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 260C Studies in Italian Cinema

    Instructor: Thomas Harrison

    Italian cinema compared with other European countries' and Hollywood's cinema, with focus on its development from its origins