The Italian section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers an undergraduate major and minor, a PhD program, and opportunities for students to be involved in research and study abroad. The program also runs a rich series of talks, film screenings, and panel discussions with authors, directors, artists, performers, and other professionals.

Undergraduate courses give students the opportunity to study Italian language from the elementary level through advanced composition and grammar, as well as literature, film, and cultural studies. 

The Italian Ph.D. program emphasizes work in three complementary areas: literary history, textual analysis, and theory of interpretation, and includes teaching training and practice. Graduate students are also part of the editorial team for Modern Language Notes, one of the most prestigious journals in the field..

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  • MLL graduate students at Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival in Bologna


    This coming summer, our graduate students Marta Cerreti (Italian), Sam Zawacki (Italian), Camille Roche (French), Verónica Ríos Savreda (Spanish and Portuguese), and Käthe Erichsen (Hebrew and Yiddish), with Professors Di […]

  • Professor Laura Di Bianco, AGHI Fellow


    The Italian Section is delighted to announce that Professor Laura Di Bianco has been selected as an Alexander Grass Humanities Center (AGHI) fellow. During the 2024-2025 academic year, she will […]

  • Environmental Humanities Research Initiative Spring Panels

    Posters for two panels featuring the speakers' names and presentation titles against a backgrounds of pictures of nature (trees and lakes).

    Organized and moderated by Prof. Gosetti-Ferencei, the department of MLL and the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at JHU sponsored two Spring panels for the Environmental Humanities Research Initiative. A graduate-student […]