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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 42C Italy Through the Ages in English: Food and Literature in Italy

    Instructor: Heather Sottong

    Profile of Italian history and culture through analysis of gastronomic and literary texts.

  • IT 102A Italian Cultural Experience in English

    Instructor: Valeria Finucci

    Study of the social, cultural and artistic developments of Italy by concentrating on Venice, a hub of commerce and cross-national relations

  • IT 152 Italy between Europe and Africa

    Instructor: Lucia Re

    Analysis and critical discussion of works by Italian and African-Italian authors about Italy as a “bridge” between Europe and Africa and as a gateway

  • 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.