Italian

Program Category: PhD Programs
Chair: Jo Ann Cavallo
Director of Graduate Studies: Pier Mattia Tommasino
Website: columbia.edu/cu/italian
Email Address: italian [at] columbia.edu
Degree Programs: Full-Time: MA, MPhil, PhD

In response to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Italian is not accepting doctoral applications for 2021 admission. Please visit the department's website for more information.

The Master’s program offered by the Department of Italian remains open to new students for the fall of 2021; we encourage you to consider applying for the stand-alone MA program.

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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. 

In the MA year, students take ten courses. Students proceeding to the MPhil/PhD program take eight more courses, which can include courses in other departments and programs. Latin, as well as German, or a Romance language other than Italian, is required of all PhD candidates in Italian.

Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship.

Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) awards a certificate in Comparative Literature and Society. For more information, see the ICLS website.