We offer undergraduate degrees in French and Italian, minors in both languages, and a certificate in Global French. Graduate students can pursue an M.A. or Ph.D. in French/Francophone Studies, French Linguistics, or Italian Studies. We also offer an M.A. program for French Instruction. Our course topics range from medieval manuscripts to Postcolonial Francophone media studies, food and fashion to the business world, and French dialectology to Italian comics.
Gain a global mindset
Overseas study can be a life-changing experience, offering opportunities to improve your language proficiency, immerse yourself in a new culture, and acquire global skills. We sponsor study abroad programs in France, Italy, and Senegal, and provide funding opportunities to help you get there.
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A broad range of research interests
The expertise of our award-winning faculty covers the spectrum of French and Italian language, literature, culture, and pedagogy, making our department among the most diverse in the country. This breadth allows us to provide multiple perspectives in courses covering a wide range of topics.
Preparation for a variety of career paths
A degree in our department helps you develop a variety of marketable skills valued by employers in many career areas. In addition to academic pursuits, we encourage our students to take advantage of study abroad, internships, and professional development opportunities to enhance their career preparation.
Gayle Karch Cook Center at Maxwell Hall
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The Department of French and Italian wishes to acknowledge and honor the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Shawnee people, on whose ancestral homelands and resources Indiana University was built. More information.
Affirmation of support for our graduate students
The faculty of the Department of French and Italian support the Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition. Please read the April 4, 2022 letter to President Whitten and Provost Shrivastav here.