Since medieval times, when France and Italy were part of a common linguistic and cultural domain, the French and Italian languages and cultures have been intertwined, sharing a history of mutual exchanges. Our department builds on this history, bringing it into focus in our present era of increased international awareness.
The aim of our undergraduate programs is to help teach, impart, and practice language skills that give you more personal access to French and Italian. Becoming comfortable in a new language takes practice and time—and our faculty has a deep understanding of this process.
In addition to language learning, our courses open up the rich cultures of both Italy and the French-speaking world, unpacking them from a variety of perspectives. Whether you read influential literature, delve into contemporary media, unearth the historical origins of popular cultural trends, or combine language study with travel—you will discover new people, food, historical treasures, and vistas shaped by French and Italian traditions.