Italian Language and Literature
Degree Options: Major, Minor
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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It’s a living language borne of a world-changing culture 2,500 years old. Learn Italian.
Perhaps it’s the sound of the language or the culture’s 2,500-year-old history that draws you in. Maybe it’s art and architecture, films and food, Rome and Florence. As an Italian major at Fordham, you’ll become a fluent speaker, reader, and lover of Italian culture.
In the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, you’ll study Italian language, culture, and literature—the focus of our program—from medieval through modern times. You’ll study Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio—and Rossellini, Pasolini, and Fellini.
We draw on a long Jesuit tradition of scholarship on and respect for the world's diverse languages and cultures—and virtually all of them are in New York City. From cultural events to people on the streets, New York City is your classroom for learning Italian.
You’ll perfect your advanced proficiency in Italian, refine your analytical skills, and acquire a critical understanding of Italian literary and cultural tradition over the centuries.
You’ll learn more than Italian language and literature here. You’ll also study philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, ethics, science, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.
We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.