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New Study Abroad Program in Pavia, Italy

The Italian Program at Illinois is offering a new Study Abroad Program in Pavia, starting in the spring 2018. This is an exciting opportunity for stu...

Robert Rushing's book wins prize of American Association of Italian Studies

Professor Robert Rushing’s new book, Descended from Hercules, Biopolitics and the Muscled Male Body on Screen (

François Proulx's Proust article in PC Magazine

François Proulx's current project with Caroline Szylowicz (UIUC Library), recently awarded funding from the French Embassy, is profiled in a long art...

Emilee McArdle wins award at European Union Tournament

French and Global Studies major Emilee McArdle won 3rd place for her participation in the Environmental Council at the Midwest Model European Union t...

Kevin O’Keefe included on “Senior 100” List

Congratulations to French senior Kevin O’Keefe who is featured on the years “Senior 100 Honorary List.”

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Welcome to the Department of French and Italian

Our faculty focus in their research and teaching on French and Italian as well as the literature, visual culture, and other forms of cultural production in these languages in France, Italy and throughout the world.

Our course offerings cover a broad historical and thematic spectrum from medieval culture to postcolonial literature, contemporary film or sociolinguistics. Below are the subfields in which several faculty members share particular strengths.

Members of the faculty have received national and international recognition; graduates serve on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities both in this country and abroad.