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Final Approval Received for Creation of New Italian Graduate Program

M.A. and Ph.D. to be offered in Italian Studies beginning Fall 2009

Posted: April 17, 2008

Based in the Department of French and Italian, the program leads to both the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with the M.A. conceived as a step toward the Ph.D. rather than as a terminal professional degree. While core courses in Italian literature and culture are taught by Italian professors in the Department of French and Italian, the program also draws heavily on the talents of scholars in other disciplines--such as Archeology, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, Film Studies, History, Linguistics, and Music--who have expertise on Italian topics. Students therefore benefit from ample training in specialized Italian courses as well as from the intellectually stimulating experience of being in the classroom with graduate students from other departments. For today's competitive job market, in which interdisciplinary skills are at a premium, graduates of the program will be exceptionally well-prepared.

Italian Studies graduate students may be able to participate, as students or TAs, in the department's summer study abroad program in Rome. They will also become familiar with using innovative instructional technologies (faculty in the department of French and Italian have developed several award-winning projects) and may have opportunities to assist in the development of new projects. The teaching experience and skills acquired by Italian Studies graduate students will help them immensely in making the transition from graduate school to full-time employment.

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