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. as well as one of the best Master's programs in French. 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

Student Spotlight: Caroline Godard Blog

This summer Caroline Godard, following a study-abroad program in Paris, worked as a tour guide at the Château de Gizeux in the Loire Valley, France. Here she reflects on that experience.

Department of French & Italian Open House

Thursday, Sept. 20th
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Irvin Courtyard

Meet the French and Italian faculty and graduate students.
Find out about exciting study abroad opportunities.
Learn about our major and minor program along with our BA/MA program in French.
Enjoy refreshments!

Student Spotlight: Harrison Graydon

Harrison Graydon is a French major and was recently the spotlight of Miami's College of Arts and Science. Read all about it: Student Spotlight

French BA/MA Student wins 1st Place in a Travel Writing Essay Contest

Caroline Godard won first place out of 90 submissions in the Travel Writing Contest hosted by Miami's Global Initiatives Office, the English department, and the Howe Writing Center. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement, Caroline! Read Caroline's essay.

French & Italian Theater Club in the news.

Read all about it.

Open House for French and Italian majors and minors

Thursday, September 21, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Irvin Courtyard

Caffé Italiano

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Armstrong Student Center
Community Lounge

French Table

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Shade Family Room in Armstrong

Works in Progress talk by Audrey Wasser

“The Real, the Rational, and the Reading Critic: on Pierre Macherey's A Theory of Literary Production"
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:30 p.m.
111 Harrison Hall

L.P. Irvin Lecture by Allan Stoekl

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
40 Irvin Hall

L.P. Irvin Lecture by Stephanie Jed

"La man che ubbidisce all’intelletto: Handwriting, Design, and Concetto in Michelangelo’s Poetry and Biomedical Design"
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
40 Irvin Hall

Works in Progress talk by Andrea Righi

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
111 Harrison Hall

Irvin Hall reception for all students in building

Friday, December 8, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Hallways outside of all four dept. offices in Irvin (French & Italian, Classics, Spanish & Portuguese, GRAMELAC)
All language departments in the building will provide refreshments for the students throughout the day.

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. The department also offers an M.A. program with a competitive funding package.

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 June 2 through July 6, 2018.

  • 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 2 - July 20, 2018.

  • 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.