French, Italian, and Classical Studies
French, Italian and Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary department centered around the study of the languages and cultural systems of past and present societies. Our curriculum integrates the study of language, literature, history, political theory, religion, art, archaeology, and film, while also emphasizing the connections between the Greek and Roman world and later French and Italian-speaking communities.
Meaningful Work Results in a Rewarding Life
Our courses invite students to discover over three thousand years of language, culture, and human experience and how people come together through the creation of meaning. Students gain broader perspectives about the most pressing issues in the modern world through intensive study of the languages and cultural systems of France, Italy, and Ancient Rome and Greece. You will learn to decipher the codes that both tie society together and, conversely, produce social differences like race, class and gender.
Through the training offered by our degrees, students are prepared for the challenges of the contemporary world through our focus on diverse and global perspectives, critical thinking, and advanced communication and problem-solving skills. These are valuable tools that help our students succeed in a highly competitive job marketplace. By learning to identify what is meaningful to others and to themselves, our students become vital colleagues, global citizens, and effective leaders.
Our Degree Programs
The Department offers a major, a minor, a combined B.A./M.A., and an M.A. in French, a major and minor in Italian Studies, and a major and minor in Classical Studies. Outstanding students in French and Classics are invited by the faculty to participate in our departmental honors program.
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