About Us

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. 

The Department is located in historic Royce Hall at the heart of UCLA’s campus and is home to the Charles Speroni Italian Library and Resource Center, established in 1993. Featured in the Department is also a prestigious collection of recent Italian art and sculpture from artists such as Pietro Coletta, Marco Gastini, Mario Giovanardi, Paolo Icaro, Eliseo Mattiacci and William Xerra.

The Italian Department is further enriched by the graduate student publication Carte Italiane as well as the Lorenzo da Ponte Italian Library, a series of publications featuring Italian authors in translation and edited by Professor Massimo Ciavolella and professor emeritus Luigi Ballerini.