Welcome to French and Italian

Miami is widely considered to have one of the strongest undergraduate programs in French and Italian in the U.S. We combine the sort of individual attention found at small liberal arts colleges with a level of intellectual dynamism normally associated with a major research university. Courses range from introductory language offerings to MA seminars and cover a broad range of topics and approaches.

Emphasizing a hands-on approach to knowledge and discovery, the Department structures most of its teaching around individual research projects. These include regular course assignments, individual tutorials, the capstone experience, and our departmental Honors option.

To extend student experience further afield, we offer summer study-abroad programs in France and Italy and we support semester- and year-long foreign study through collaborations with other institutions.

Aware that many students worry that French or Italian are less practical than other majors, the Department has worked with the University’s Office of Career Services to support the professional advancement of our students. You will find resources in this website -- and events throughout the year -- specifically tailored to your career needs.

To begin discovering a rich world of ideas and experiences, please explore our website or contact our faculty.

Events & Announcements

Upcoming Events:

  • The Department of French and Italian Awards Ceremony is Wednesday, May 3, at 4:00 p.m. in the Irvin Courtyard. (111 Harrison in the case of inclement weather)

  • Wednesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. the French & Italian Theater Club presents: Rhinocéros (and other excerpts from plays by Alfred Jarry, Eugène Ionesco, and Molière) after the Awards Ceremony. Theater presentation is in French with English surtitles and follows the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Uptown at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

Jonathan Strauss, professor of French and Italian, received the Distinguished Scholar Award for a faculty member in the humanities or creative arts.

Click here to read the exciting details of this honor.

Read the latest edition of our newsletter!

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Great interview on Bichat!

Please enjoy this interview on newsworks.com. Our own Jonathan Strauss engages in the discussion.

Click here for link to text and audio interview.


Every Monday - French Table
Every Tuesday - Italian Cafe

La Table Française

Join us for conversational French on Mondays!

15:00 - 17:00

Shade Family Room in the Armstrong Center

Caffè Italiano

Join us for conversational Italian on Tuesdays!

14:30 - 15:30

King Café

Programs centered in Paris, Lille, and Florence this past January were hugely successful!

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Yes, humanities majors can become CEOs.

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Join us in congratulating our own BA/MA student Jessie Motts!

She has been selected as one of the winners of the 2015 Provost Student Academic Achievement Award.
Winners of this award must have achieved junior status at the time of their nomination, amassed an exceptional record of academic achievement and made sustained and significant contributions to the intellectual climate of their department, academic division, or campus. 

We are very proud of her prestigious accomplishment!

Pi Delta Phi: French Honor Society Information

Pi Delta Phi table

The artsy table is gone, however it's not too late to join Pi Delta Phi. 

Just stop by the dept. for details on Pi Delta Phi, French Honor Society. 

Programs in French

With a major, a minor, and several thematic sequences, the Department allows undergraduates to pursue an interest in French language, cultures, and literature along several possible tracks. Many students also take advantage of the Department's summer program in Dijon, France.

Aside from a rich curriculum centered on France, the Department also offers courses on French-speaking cultures from other parts of the world, especially in north and west Africa and the Caribbean.

Learn more about the French programs.

Italian Studies

Italy is the cradle of western civilization: seat of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church, the cultural center and economic powerhouse of the Mediterranean for nearly two millennia. And because of its geographic situation it has acted as a bridge between Europe and the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean throughout its history. No nation is more important to Europe's past or more central to its future.

Study Abroad

  • Dijon, France

    This summer, spend five weeks you'll remember for a lifetime with Miami University's Intensive French Study in Dijon Summer Workshop. Offered by the Department of French and Italian, this highly successful program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves totally in the French experience while working in small seminars with an emphasis on discussion and participation. Students take 6 or 9 credit hours of classes. Weekly excursions are tied to classroom studies and are part of your credit hours.

    This year's program is scheduled to run May 30 through July 1, 2016.

  • Urbino, Italy

    Urbino, Italy

    The Institute offers you the opportunity to study the Italian language in Italy under ideal conditions, plus the opportunity to experience Italian culture in the most natural way. The intensive nature of the courses means that you can concentrate exclusively on Italian, and you can earn the same credit (eight semester credits) normally earned in a full academic year of language study. Being in Italy means that you have a real incentive for achievement and that the learning process is constant, both in and out of class, both while you are studying and while you are enjoying leisure time.

    Classes are scheduled to begin on June 12 - July 31, 2016.

  • Paris, France

    Paris, France

    This three-week workshop in Paris over J-term will allow students to discover masterpieces of French and American culture from the cathedrals of the Middle Ages to the contemporary modernist metropolis beloved by artists, writers, and filmmakers in a transnational context. It's a very walkable city with wonderful green spaces, cafés, and uniquely distinct neighborhoods, which make it the ideal location to discover the world as a traveler and to experience first-hand the amazing works of arts inspired by this great city.
  • Brussels, Belgium


    Belgium has a rich artistic, cultural and political history. This program approaches that history through the tradition of comics and graphic novels, which has historically been especially vibrant in Belgium and remains so today. The program will include visits to several world-class museums, libraries and other sites, including ones specifically associated with comics, fine arts, architecture and history. Brussels is also a world-class center of comics teaching, creation, publication, exhibiting and sales.