Italian at Yale


Yale’s Department of Italian offers the Ph.D. in Italian literature with wider methodological concerns and discourses, such as history, rhetoric and critical theories, comparison with other literatures, the figurative arts, religious and philosophical studies, medieval, Renaissance, and modern studies, and the contemporary state of Italian writing.

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Italian has two distinct missions: to provide instruction in the Italian language at all levels of competence, and to lead students to a broad appreciation and deep understanding of the literature and culture of Italy.

The major in Italian is a liberal arts major designed to explore Italy’s vital role in the development of the humanistic values and disciplines that have infused Western culture over several centuries. Central to the major in Italian is the conviction that study of another language yields the important benefit of enlightening students about their own culture while instructing them about a foreign one. Core courses provide students with a solid linguistic, literary, and historical background in Italian. Additional offerings range across several disciplines, including the study of film, philosophy, comparative literature, history, political theory, art, religious studies, theater, architecture, and music. 



New! Combined BA/MA Program in Italian

Yale allows students to complete simultaneously the BA and MA degrees in the same department in four years, provided the student meets certain requirements. For more information, see Undergraduate Studies.


Placement Test

Placement Test Information

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled test session
  • Bring your Yale ID card
  • Bring one or more pencils with erasers
  • Bring a watch – cell phones must be turned OFF during the Exam

Placement Examination Schedule

Written - Part I

  • Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Location: Linsly-Chittenden Hall – Room 317
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Oral - Part II

  • Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
  • Location: Italian Language and Literature Dept, Room 412
    Time: 2:00 p.m. --  

Make-Up Session (for students unable to take the exam during the above scheduled times)

  • Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
  • Location: Italian Language and Literature Dept, contact:
    Time: By appointment

Results will be emailed to you on Tuesday, August 26 after 4:00 pm

You do NOT have to take the Italian Placement Exam if:

  • you have never studied Italian and are thus a true beginner