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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Graduate Courses for 2019-2020

The graduate courses for the European Languages and Transcultural Studies in the 2019-2020 school year have been confirmed. Click Learn More to see what courses will be offered.

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Featured Courses

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

    Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

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

  • IT 102C Italian Cultural Experience in English

    Instructor: Claire Lavagnino

    Lecture, three hours. Study of cultural development of Italy. Birth of Italian nation from wars of independence to foundation of modern republic, deli

  • IT 220: Studies in Turn-of-the-Century Literature

    Instructor: Lucia Re

    Lecture, three hours. Topics include Verga and Verismo, poetry, prose, and theater of D'Annunzio, and...

  • IT M241 Seminar: Political Geography of Italy

    Instructor: John Agnew

    (Same as Geography M292) Seminar, three hours; reading period, two hours. Themes in political geography...