Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Degrees in Italian Studies

Graduate Students

Welcome to the Indiana University graduate program in Italian Studies. We are a distinguished faculty comprised of six professors with research interests ranging from Dante to Fellini, and from illuminated manuscripts to graphic novels. We regularly offer courses in medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern, and contemporary literature and culture. Recent seminar topics have included the making Petrarch's Canzoniere, the Italian Pastoral, Il tema della frontiera, cinematic perspectives on the Mafia, 17th- and 18th-century theatre, and Italian mystery fiction.

Faculty and graduate students interact in a variety of ways, from the classroom to informal mentoring, to meetings of the Circolo Italiano. Our students learn how to develop research techniques in all fields of Italian studies, give well-structured presentations, write professional research papers, and share their critical accomplishments in the classroom. Most of our graduate students are employed as Associate Instructors in Italian language courses, where they gain valuable teaching experience and funding to support their studies. They receive excellent training before assuming their teaching responsibilities and continued supervision throughout the academic year. Our best advanced AIs also receive the opportunity to earn experience in course coordination, professional editing, and co-teaching in literature and culture courses. Summer teaching is also available, both through our program in Florence and on the Bloomington campus.

Graduates of our program are well-rounded scholars whose research and teaching experience have served them well. Recent Ph.D. graduates of our program have obtained academic posts at superb universities and colleges such as Notre Dame, Ohio University, Fordham, Gettysburg College, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Gonzaga, Tulane, University of Connecticut, Washington State University, SUNY-Buffalo, Pennsylvania State University, and College of the Holy Cross.

Please take some time to look through our web site and send us any inquiries you might have.


Professor Marco Arnaudo
Director of Graduate Studies in Italian