Italian

Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

Ciao!

The fourth most studied in the world, Italian is one of the official languages of the European Union, as well as the language of great writers such as Dante and Machiavelli, artistic geniuses like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, exceptional musicians such as Giuseppe Verdi, and world-renowned film directors like Federico Fellini.

Italy is not only its glorious past. This beautiful country is as vibrant and relevant today as it ever was: a nation celebrated worldwide for its rich cultural heritage, its accomplishments in fashion, gourmet cuisine and design, and for its state-of-the-art architecture and automotive industry.

Academics

The RLL Italian program—the only Italian program offering both a major and a minor in the Western NY area—fosters a dynamic environment that allows students to enrich their worldview. Undergraduate students may fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway: Language and Culture Track in Italian by starting at their current level of proficiency, from introductory to advanced intermediate (course names begin with ITA), and taking nine credit hours.

The program offers a wide variety of language classes, from elementary to advanced. Our content classes range from Dante’s Divine Comedy to the Renaissance, and from 18th century novels to the 20th century and contemporary authors. Our commitment to an interdisciplinary perspective is reflected in the opportunity to explore Italy and its culture through literature, films, works of art and history and cultural studies. Students take part in a variety of events focused on Italian culture, such as a conversation club, film screenings, seminars on Italian food, art and music, and academic symposia.

Did You Know?

Italian can open the door to numerous career fields, including academics, travel and tourism, business and import/ export, arts management and conservation, translation, interpretation and linguistics, fashion, engineering, international affairs, politics and law.

Italian Literature and Culture Faculty

  • Laura Chiesa.

    927 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2022 office

    Tuesday, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm via zoom

    Meeting ID: 996 3613 4217

    Passcode: 285778

    Thursday, 11:00am-12:00 pm in 927 Clemens Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-0872

    lchiesa@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Modern and Contemporary Italian and French Studies; Critical Theory; Architecture; Film and Visual Studies

    927 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2022 office

    Tuesday, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm via zoom

    Meeting ID: 996 3613 4217

    Passcode: 285778

    Thursday, 11:00am-12:00 pm in 927 Clemens Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-0872

    lchiesa@buffalo.edu

  • Marco Faini.

    924B Clemens Hall

    Fall 2022 office hours

    Monday & Friday, 1:00pm-2:00 pm

    Phone: (716) 645-0149

    mfaini@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Early modern Italian literature and religious life; satire, comic, and mock-heroic literature; early modern doubt; history of the book; literature and the visual arts.

    924B Clemens Hall

    Fall 2022 office hours

    Monday & Friday, 1:00pm-2:00 pm

    Phone: (716) 645-0149

    mfaini@buffalo.edu

  • Paola Ugolini.

    915 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2022 office hours

    Thursday, 3:30pm-4:30pm

    Phone: (716) 645-0865

    rll-dgs@buffalo.edu

    Director of Graduate Studies
    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scholarly Interests: Early modern Italian literature, culture and conduct manuals; Satire; Chivalric poems; Gender studies

    915 Clemens Hall

    Fall 2022 office hours

    Thursday, 3:30pm-4:30pm

    Phone: (716) 645-0865

    rll-dgs@buffalo.edu