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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531


The Department of French and Italian faculty and staff provide and support innovative, high quality teaching responsive to educational needs and interests of students through courses in pedagogy, language teaching, literary criticism, and cultural studies. The department offers the innovative online resources Français Interactif and Tex's French Grammar.

The department offers bachelors degrees in French and Italian. At the graduate level the department provides three subject tracks leading to masters and doctors degrees in French: French and Francophone Literature; French Linguistics; Romance Linguistics. Graduate courses in Italian support graduate degrees in other departments and cross-disciplinary offerings.

Offices are located in Homer Rainey Hall (HRH) on 21st Street between the Harry Ransom Center and Benedict Hall. The building was originally the UT Music Building and was renamed in honor of former UT President Homer Rainey (1939-1944). The department shares this interesting 1950s Spanish Colonial style building with the Jessen Auditorium, the Hindi Urdu Flagship, and the Texas Language Center.


Annual undergraduate scholarships are awarded by the Department of French & Italian.  The deadline for this year's applications has passed.  Recipients will be announced at our Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2015.


Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. Contact Antonella Olson for more information.

Le Cercle français

Informal French conversation practice Fridays in the Texas Union's Cactus Café from 3-4pm. Open to all students of French. Contact Nancy Guilloteau for more information.

Department of French and Italian Scholarship

Scholarship applications are closed until Spring 2015.

Il Circolo Italiano
Sponsors Italian-language activities. Contact Adria Frizzi for more information.

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