“If we spoke a different language,” the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote, “we would perceive a somewhat different world.” The Department of French and Italian introduces you to worlds of exceptional historical depth and cultural diversity, two of the oldest and richest cultures that have made critical contributions to the arts and sciences of modern society. Together, French and Italian have played a key role in the transmission and development of classical antiquity and, each in its unique way, they have contributed since early modern times to the processes of globalization that have shaped the world in which we live.
Established in 1934, the Indiana University Department of French and Italian is one of the most highly respected and diverse in North America. With our three branches (French/Francophone Studies, French Linguistics, and Italian Studies), we are dedicated to the study and teaching of the French and Italian languages and the treasures of French, francophone, and Italian cultures. Our department is home to internationally-recognized experts in linguistics, literature, cinema, media, and popular culture. We offer robust co-and extra-curricular opportunities, including language and cultural activities through our French Club and Circolo Italiano. We provide ample opportunities to study abroad in places such as Paris, Rennes, Dakar, and Italy. We are especially proud of our own outstanding programs in Aix-en-Provence, Bologna, and Florence.
We offer undergraduate degrees and minors in both French and Italian, as well as a certificate in Global French. We award advanced degrees in French/Francophone Studies, French Linguistics and Italian Studies: master’s degrees (including an M.A. in French Instruction) and doctoral degrees. Our graduates have pursued opportunities in education, foreign service, research, law, finance, opera, speech therapy, and many other pursuits—their studies in French and Italian preparing them for both domestic and international careers.
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Professor and Chair, Department of French and Italian