Algerian Girl in native dress Algerian Girl in native dress
 Algerian Rug Trader  Algerian Rug Trader
 coffee and croissant presented on tray  coffee and croissant presented on tray
 coffee presented on an antique tray  coffee presented on an antique tray
 Mosaic of five Cameroon men  Mosaic of five Cameroon men
Chateau de missery Burgundy Chateau de missery Burgundy
 Conductor Laura Jackson  Conductor Laura Jackson
 Eiffel Tower at sunset  Eiffel Tower at sunset
 French flag fluttering in breeze  French flag fluttering in breeze
 Loire Valley castle at twilight  Loire Valley castle at twilight
 closeup of Monet's water lilies painting  closeup of Monet's water lilies painting
inside of Montreal's Notre Dame Cathedral inside of Montreal's Notre Dame Cathedral
 Museo del louvre  Museo del louvre
 Men at Abuja carnival in Niger  Men at Abuja carnival in Niger
Pont des arts in Paris Pont des arts in Paris
Passage du grand cerf Passage du grand cerf
 Quebec City Cityscape  Quebec City Cityscape
 Seine River in Paris  Seine River in Paris
 Toronto Cityscape at Night  Toronto Cityscape at Night
Plate of Cheese with Wine Plate of Cheese with Wine
Boats docked at a village in Sicily Boats docked at a village in Sicily
 caprese salad  caprese salad
 Astronomical Clock  Astronomical Clock
DaVinci Manuscript fragment DaVinci Manuscript fragment
italian flag italian flag
 Florence cityscape at sunset  Florence cityscape at sunset
 Galileo Receipt fragment  Galileo Receipt fragment
 Gradara castle  Gradara castle
 Village in the Italian Alps  Village in the Italian Alps
 Milan Cathedral  Milan Cathedral
Closeup of the Mona Lisa Closeup of the Mona Lisa
Pizza Margherita Pizza Margherita
Rizzardi winery Rizzardi winery
Rome Panorama at sunset Rome Panorama at sunset
Rome Trevi fountain Rome Trevi fountain
 Turin Ballet man jumping as another man attacks  Turin Ballet man jumping as another man attacks
 Urbino CItyscape  Urbino CItyscape
 Vatican St. Peter's Square  Vatican St. Peter's Square
Venice gondolas Venice gondolas
 Venice canals  Venice canals

Welcome to French and Italian

Our 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

Meet a Top French Diplomat

Guillaume Lacroix
Consul General of France for the Mid-West U.S.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Kreger Hall, Room 319

Guillaume Lacroix will have a conversation with students about the role of France in today's world and will offer insights into a career in diplomacy. For anyone interested in French, International Studies, International Diplomacy, or an international career, this is an extraordinary opportunity. All discussion will be in English.

Works-In-Progress Talk

Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan
"Ecological and Cultural Landscapes: Ermanno Olmi’s Documentaries Through the Lenses of Ecocinema"
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Irvin Hall, Room 220

L.P. Irvin Screening with Director Alain Gomis

"Aujourd'hui" (Today, 2012)
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
5:00 p.m. Q & A with the director following the film
001 Alumni Hall

L.P. Irvin Lecture

Dr. Domietta Torlasco
"Rhythm and the Life of Forms: On Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante"
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
4:30 p.m.
040 Irvin Hall

L.P. Irvin Lecture

Dr. Teresa Fiore
"Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies"
Thursday, April 25, 2019
4:30 p.m.
111 Harrison Hall

Works in Progress talk by Jonathan Strauss

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
4:15 p.m.
204 Harrison Hall

French and Italian Drama Club

Join now!
Official student organization awaits your participation.

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.

Language Tables

Caffé Italiano

4:15 p.m.—5:15 p.m.
King Cafe

French Table

5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
Room 220 Irvin Hall


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

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

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.

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.