Italian has been taught at the University without interruption since its founding. In 1986 the Virginia Council for Higher Education approved the reinstatement of a B.A. degree and the establishment of a graduate course of studies leading to the M. A. degree in Italian. Since 1986, enrollment in Italian basic language courses has increased severalfold, as has the number of majors and minors.
Today, the Department offers three kinds of specialization in Italian Studies: A minor concentration of courses; a major program leading to the B.A. or B.A. with distinction; and a graduate course of studies leading to the M.A. in Italian language and literature. Please visit our undergraduate and graduate pages for more information on our programs.
Please note: Per university policy, "The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/ugrad.html."
The Italian faculty’s expertise encompasses a broad range spanning literary and cultural studies from the medieval to the modern periods, Italian cinema, comparative and interdisciplinary studies, women’s studies, and the use of technology in the humanities. For more information on faculty research and areas of expertise, please visit our profiles page.
Italian Studies Newsletter
La vendemmia is the electronic newsletter for the Italian Studies program at the University of Virginia. To download the current issue and access archived issues, please click here.
The Italian tutor list is maintained by the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese. The department does not offer free tutoring services. Individuals from this list are contracted independent of any participation by the department. They establish their own scheduling and fee rates for tutoring services. If you are interested in tutoring, you may contact one of the tutors in our department.
Click here for the list of tutors who are currently available.
Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese is one of the more active departments within the University, and we encourage students to strengthen their knowledge and love of Italian culture by participating in our many activities. These activities are meant to facilitate interaction between faculty and students, and to promote appreciation and understanding of Italian culture, art, and lifestyle. To receive updated information on Italian activities please join our e-mail list. You can also friend us on Facebook. We're @ItalianStudiesProgramUVA.
Connect with us online! Find news, events, and opportunities to learn more about Italian language and culture by following us: @ItalianStudiesProgramUVA.
For information on our programs in Florence and Siena, please see our study abroad page.
Grants & Awards
Each year, the Department rewards excellence in undergraduate and Graduate studies by awarding the following fellowships and awards. For more information, please contact the Department Chair:
Lola Pelliccia Prize: This prize is awarded by the Italian program thanks to the generous and continuing sponsorship of the Lola Pelliccia family for outstanding essays written in Italian (separate prizes for 1000/2000 level and 3000/4000 level)
Marie M. Giuliano Award: This award is given to a fourth-year graduating student on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence in Spanish or Italian language study and a contribution to the growth and nurturing of Spanish or Italian at the University.