Italian at Yale


Yale’s  Italian Studies 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 Italian Studies 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.


May 21, 2020
We are thrilled to announce that Megan Crognale was awarded one of Yale’s Alumni Fellowships, designed to provide year-long teaching positions for 2020 graduates who...
May 18, 2020
The Working Women’s Network Recognition Award Committee selected Ann as one of this year’s awardees! The WWN Recognition Award is an annual award that recognizes up to five...
May 12, 2020
Cynthia Zarin, a faculty member in the English Department, has a new podcast about traveling to Italy https://www.davidzwirner.com/news/cynthia-zarin-to-venice-and-rome From...