Explore the world through the lens of Italy
Few cultures can match the historic, artistic, and religious significance of Italy. For centuries, it was the veritable centerpiece of European civilization. Its language, cuisine, arts, and music have inspired cultures around the world.
Students who choose to study Italian at Franklin and Marshall immerse themselves in the rich humanistic tradition of Italian culture and reflect critically on Italy’s unique position in global society. Those who earn a major or minor in Italian attain proficiency in the language while gaining a solid knowledge of Italy’s contributions to literature, cinema, the arts, and politics.
We feature small classes with a friendly, interactive atmosphere. Each semester there are many opportunities for socializing and gathering outside of class, including lectures, informal conversation hours, dinners, receptions, picnics and films.
Students have several opportunities to travel to Italy for study abroad, internships, or other applied language opportunities. Pre-approved study abroad programs are available in locations throughout Italy. In addition, the Department offers its own faculty-led intensive language summer program in Tuscany.
In recent years, student research projects abroad have included studying the lifestyle of local fishermen in a picturesque coastal town, feminist reactions to Berlusconi’s two-decade political power, and examining the influence of patron saints on the personalities of Italian towns and villages.
Recent graduates of the Department have pursued careers in education and research, government and diplomatic service, music and art, travel and tourism.
F&M in Italy
F&M's Italian Summer Program in Vicchio del Mugello, Tuscany, offers six weeks of full-immersion, intensive language-learning experience.Read More
Study Abroad in Italy
We encourage students to study abroad and to experience Italian culture and language first hand. The point of departure should always be a conversation with an Italian professor about the program that best fits a student's interests.Learn More
Summer Travel Award
Each year, the Department of Italian grants one Summer Travel Award to a sophomore who has declared an Italian minor and wants to pursue research or other learning opportunities in Italy.Apply Now
Outside the classroom
The Italian Club is always looking for new leadership. Please contact your Italian professor if you are interested.
GKA National Italian Honor Society
Franklin & Marshall hosts a chapter of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honor Society.
The purpose of GKA is to acknowledge superior academic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture.
Each year, outstanding students of Italian are invited to become member of the Society during an induction ceremony held on campus. Criteria for membership conform to the standards of the national organization.
For more information, contact Professor Scott Lerner.
News and Events
Alumni Spotlight: Every Stitch Tells a Story
Meet recent grad Rachel Sheffield '20, lead interpreter and historic clothing coordinator at First State Heritage Park in Dover, Del.Read More
Afghanistan to Italy: A Young Migrant’s Odyssey
Fabio Geda, author of the acclaimed 2010 novel, “In the Sea There are Crocodiles,” and his book's character/subject, Enaiatollah Akbari, will appear Oct. 5 at F&M via Zoom.Read More
Students Explore the Whimsical World of Gianni Rodari
On March 10, four F&M students will recount the whimsical "Telephone Tales" of Italian author Gianni Rodari during a virtual celebration of literature, theater and Italian language.Read More
Reimagining Access for Disabled Workers in Higher Education
Margaret Price opened Franklin & Marshall College’s spring Common Hour series with “Everyday Survival and Collective Action: What We Can Learn from Disabled Workers in Higher Education.”Read More
Scholarly Spotlight - Languages
Scholarly Spotlight features the work of faculty on a regular basis. Here’s a sampling of recent publications by members of several languages departments.Read More
Franklin Research Grant allows Professor Mackenzie to...
Professor Mackenzie writes from Italy about her research and plans to bring it back into the F&M classroom.Read More