The Italian Program is a discipline-based subject of study taught, researched, and experienced from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Our program intends to go beyond the “language-leading-to-literature” model; over the centuries, Italian culture has reverberated worldwide. Thus, our aim for the 21st century is to project the study of both language and literature onto a multidisciplinary cultural continuum that reflects the diversity of the world around us.
Italy is the country that gave birth to: banking, Roman imperialism (and, thus, the Romance Languages spoken today from Paris to Montreal to Patagonia); Humanism and the Renaissance; import/export trade with the East; Guiseppe Garibaldi; Dante’s Divine Comedy; prosciutto and parmesan cheese; fascism; pizza as we know it; and the cinema of de Sica, Visconti, Fellini and Rossellini… Throw in Benetton, soccer, Ferrari and Lamborghini sports cars, the Sistine Chapel, il signor Jacuzzi, Florence and Venice… How could we possibly second-guess what you could do with all this?
The Italian Program currently offers a Minor.
The minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have third-year standing.
Stephanie Spacciante says she launched the Summer Study Abroad program in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies with one thing in mind: that you can only do so much in the classroom. “You can learn a language,” explains Spacciante, a lecturer in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies and founder of of the Summer Study Abroad program, “but you can’t learn the culture unless you’ve lived there.”
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