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Professor Francois Proulx co-creates website of Proust letters

Illinois, French partners digitizing Proust's letters....

UIUC graduate wins Dante Society of America Prize

Asura Louise Osborne, a 2018 graduate of UIUC with a Minor in Italian, has won the Dante Society of America Prize for an undergraduate essay. Asura w...

Priority Deadline for Application to Graduate Studies in French and Italian 12/21/2018

The priority deadline for the application to graduate studies in French and Italian this season is Friday, December 21, 2018. More information can be...

Jessica Nicholas (Ph.D., 2018) gives invited talk on language services and immigrant advocacy

Jessica Nicholas (Ph.D., 2018) gives invited talk on language services and immigrant advocacy...

Graduate students collaborate on web exhibition of Proust's letters

Professor François Proulx and graduate students enrolled in the seminar “French 578: Marcel Proust” collaborated on the online exhibition Proust and ...

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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.