Italian Studies

Italian Studies

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

When you think of Italy, do you visualize the art of Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Giotto, Cellini? Or think of the literature of Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Pirandello, and Ariosto? Do you hear the music of Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Donizetti, Respighi, Palestrina, Gian Carlo Menotti? That's not surprising. According to UNESCO, more than 60% of the world's art treasures are found in Italy.

Or, do you think of Italy in the company of the G8? As a member of the European Union since its beginnings, Italy is one of the most vocal advocates and leaders of the new dynamic Europe.

Our program offers courses in languages, literatures, and linguistics as well as unique courses such as Italian opera, Italian cinema, the Italian minority in North America, and Italian-Canadian authors. In addition to language training, you can study the dialects, literature, and rich cultural heritage of Italy.

  • Take advantage of the Multimedia Language Centre (MLC) of York University, located in S117 Ross - a resource centre dedicated to supporting students who are enrolled in language, literature, and linguistics programs.
  • A Certificate of Proficiency in Italian is also offered. For more information, contact the department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at 416-736-5016.


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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Fall entry


Winter entry


Summer entry



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