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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 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 116B Italian Renaissance: Power and Imagination in Renaissance

    Instructor: Arielle Saiber

    How to Do Just About Everything: Serious and Satirical Wisdom from the Italian Renaissance This course...

  • IT 114B- Middle Ages: Medieval Humor, Moralism, and Society

    Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella

    Lecture, three hours. Novelty of Boccaccio's witty and comic masterpiece, Decameron, analyzed within context of...