Department of Italian Studies

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Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò • 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011-8604 • 212-998-8730

Chair of the Department

Professor Cox

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professor Tylus

Director of Italian Language Programs

Clinical Assistant Professor Cipani

New York University’s Department of Italian Studies is the largest freestanding Italian department in the country. It is housed in the historic Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, the center for Italian cultural and social activities at NYU and in lower Manhattan. The faculty has tremendous breadth in all areas of Italian literature, language, and culture. Students in the Italian studies program can take courses on such topics as women writers, literature and cinema, science and the arts, Dante and medieval culture, translation, Italian American studies, and immigration. Many students choose to write senior honor theses and benefit enormously from one-on-one work with our faculty as well as from an end-of-the-year research symposium. Classes are conducted in both Italian and English.

Majors and minors are encouraged to spend at least one semester at Villa La Pietra at NYU Florence to enrich their study of Italian language, literature, and culture. They are also able to study in New York with eminent visiting professors from Italy.

Graduates of the Italian Studies program are well-prepared to overcome the barriers of monolingualism that frequently inhibit participation in an increasingly multicultural society. An Italian studies major or minor is also excellent preparation for a variety of careers, including international business, journalism, fashion, teaching, the culinary arts, and the entertainment field. Alumni have pursued Italian studies in graduate schools around the world, and have gone on to both law and medical school.