Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Italian - Overview

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Contact Information

College of Arts and Sciences
910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620

Phone: 716.645.2191
Fax: 716.645.5981
Email: rll-info@buffalo.edu
Web Address: rll.buffalo.edu
Dr. Elizabeth Scarlett
Dr. Christian Flaugh
Director of Undergraduate Studies (ITA 200-level Courses and Higher)
Dr. Paola Ugolini
Language Program Coordinator (ITA 101 - ITA 152)


Italian is spoken by more than 60 million people, mainly in Italy but also in Switzerland where it is one of the four official languages (Canton Ticino). Italian is also spoken by the large communities in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, and South America (specifically in Argentina and in the south of Brazil where almost half of the population is of Italian origin). Our program develops an appreciation of Italian world cultures through an engaged study of language, literature, and film.

RLL's Italian program provides many ways for students to acquire or improve language proficiency, to explore various cultural aspects of Italy and of Italian world communities (including in the United States), and to gain a strong foundation in the study of Italian literature and film. Students of Italian are encouraged to study abroad for a summer, a semester, or a full year. UB students currently have access to SUNY programs in Italy.

Students wishing to satisfy the requirements for teacher certification should plan their programs with particular care in order to accommodate the required semester of the professional sequence during their senior year. For certification requirements, students should contact the Teacher Education Institute, Graduate School of Education, 367 Baldy Hall.

Last updated: August 18 2022 17:03:08