The Italian Department offers a variety of courses in Italian language, literature, cinema, and general culture. We believe that the study of another language is central to a liberal arts education and to the intercultural understanding required in an increasingly globalized world.  Besides achieving fluency in spoken and written Italian through our courses, students explore the debates that have shaped Italy over the centuries and its important contribution to humanistic culture.

Spending time studying in Italy is an integral component of the Italian curriculum at Vassar. Students are encouraged to spend one or two semesters of their junior year in our E.C.Co Program (Vassar-Wellesley-Wesleyan) in Bologna, where students can take classes at our Centro Studi or directly at the University of Bologna. The department also coordinates an independent summer program at the University of Siena, Italy.