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Welcome to the Department of Italian at Columbia University. Drawing on a distinguished history initiated in 1825 by Lorenzo Da Ponte, celebrated librettist of Mozart's operas and first teacher of Italian at Columbia University, the department is known for providing broad coverage of Italian literature and boasts a faculty that represents a diverse spectrum of interests and critical approaches.

In addition, students are able to take advantage of the rich cultural and scholarly programs sponsored by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. The Paterno collection, housed in Butler Library, is a unique resource for the study of Italian literature.

New Course: Italy: Emigration-Immigration

 This course examines various aspects of Italian language and culture through the study of emigration from and within Italy, as well as throughthe exploration of contemporary immigration into Italy. This highlyinterdisciplinary course begins by covering the history of the Italiandiaspora from its beginnings to the internal migration of the 60’s. The second part of the course, instead, will be devoted to the study of the immigration into Italy over the past 30 years. The continuous migratory...

Writing Like Breathing: Dacia Maraini Discusses her Most Recent Writings

 Writing Like Breathing: Dacia Maraini Discusses her Most Recent Writings
On Thursday, March 1, at 4pm, Dacia Maraini will give a talk followed by an audience Q&A.  Prof. Elizabeth Leake will moderate. The event will take place in the Library of the Italian Academy (1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027), and is hosted by the Department of Italian, with the co-sponsorship of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender,...


Italian language classes have limited enrollments and strict attendance policies. Registration will begin in April 2015 for continuing undergraduate students. Undergraduate degree candidates receive priority enrollment in sections. Please note carefully the section you wish to enroll in, and follow the registration procedures of your particular school. An additional registration period runs from June through August 2015. Classes start Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Although the University's Change of Program period runs until September 18, 2015, the Department of Italian will require all registration for language classes to be concluded by Monday, September 14, 2015. No new registration for Italian language classes will be permitted after Monday, September 14, 2015. Additionally no change of section will be permitted after that date. Any issues about enrollment after that point must be brought to the attention of the Department.

Attendance in language classes is mandatory. Students are advised to secure their space in the section for which they have registered; students are advised against "shopping around." Students are strongly advised to select the appropriate section early, attend that section and make a commitment to it. Additionally, swaps between students in different sections will not be honored by the Department. Failure to attend half the meetings of a section during the period Tuesday, September 8 - Monday, September 14, 2015 will jeopardize your grade and/or your enrollment status. Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory. A student who is registered for one section but attends another cannot be guaranteed a spot on the roster of the desired section, and, given two absences, risks being dropped from the section in which that student is enrolled.

If  you are enrolling for a class higher than Elementary I, and are not continuing form another Columbia University Italian course in the previous semester, you are required to take the placement test.

Barnard students, please monitor your Registrar's website for updated information on Fall 2015 registration procedures.

If you are unable to register for a course because it is full please contact