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.


Click here to view the 4th Issue of the Italian Department Newsletter


The Legacy of Pier Paolo Pasolini
March 6-7, 2015

The Legacy of Pier Paolo Pasolini is a series of events at Yale this semester on the Italian poet, filmmaker, and essayist Pier Paolo Pasolini. The series will end with a conference on March 6/7. 

Please find the poster in attachment with more details or consult




10th Annual Festival of Italian Film

April 23 - 26, 2015



Ann DeLauro among first ever recipients of President’s Award for Staff Excellence
November 17, 2014

The Italian Department is proud to announce that Ann DeLauro, Senior Administrative Assistant II, was among the first-ever recipients of the President’s Award for Staff Excellence. Celebrating the inaugural recipients who demonstrate Yale’s spirit of leadership, innovation, and collaboration at its best, President Salovey presented honorees with framed citations for their achievements on November 12, 2014 during a reception at 43 Hillhouse Avenue. 

Ann received the award for her hard work as a member of the team responsible for designing the Summer Training Program which has helped to expand the perspective and skills of the more-than 1,000 Yale staff who have participated. Their efforts reinforce Yale’s commitment to staff development and career progression.  For the full list of recipients please read the full article.

Congratulazioni Ann!