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ItalyBENVENUTI!  Welcome to the Italian Studies program at Chapman University! 

Our program offers a full range of instruction from elementary language classes to upper level courses in Italian and Italian-American literature, film, and culture. We are a group of committed professors dedicated to assisting individual students in growing professionally and personally, both at Chapman University and on an international level. Chapman University's italophile character also offers numerous possibilities to experience Italy while on campus through student events organized by the Italian Club, operas performed by the Conservatory of Music, numerous Italian American and International celebrations, and resources such as the Italian Heritage archive and group study room at the Leatherby Library.

Our students acquire proficiency and fluency in the classroom through immersion in Italian paced to build linguistic competence and foster understanding of the artistic traditions and cultural history of Italy. Upper level courses further develop the students’ critical use of the language as well as knowledge of Italy. While introducing students to interdisciplinary research in cultural studies, the curriculum also aims to nurture connections with the students’ professional goals and personal interests. Our students choose to fulfill the Multidisciplinary Cluster in Italian Studies or the Italian Studies Minor by completing coursework in Italian as well as by drawing from the rich disciplinary range of academic opportunities relating to Italian culture available at Chapman University.

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+-Degrees Offered

The Italian studies program prepares students to become effective participants within Italian communities in America and abroad. In addition to language acquisition, students explore central aspects of Italian civilization, increasing their awareness of the influence of the Italian classics and their understanding of Italy’s modern condition, including both the highbrow domain and popular culture. By studying the work of thinkers of Medieval and Renaissance Italy and of those who led to national Unification in the 19th century, or by analyzing the experiences of Fascism and the World Wars and of modern anthropological and societal changes, students become aware of the vital relationship existing between literary and cinematic production and the history and identity of Italy.

Multidisciplinary Cluster in Italian studies: 12 Credits. Students have the option of counting either ITAL 201 or ITAL 202, but not both, to complete the Italian Studies cluster requirements. For more information, please visit the general education pages. 

Minor in Italian studies: 21 credits. For more information please see the course catalog.

+-Study Abroad in Italy

Italy

In order to learn the necessary socio-cultural skills to be able to communicate effectively with Italian speakers, we encourage Italian minors to experience Italy firsthand through the courses taught by our professors abroad during the summer and interterm on a travel course. In addition, students are encouraged to study abroad through a semester exchange program with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, the Umbra Institute in Perugia, as well as other programs Rome and Florence. Click here to download the information sheet. Visit the Center for Global Education for more information.

+-Student Italian Club

The goal of the Italian Club at Chapman University is to create a social network among people with the common passion for Italian culture and language. We wish to promote the Italian lifestyle through cultural understanding and social interactions with the greater Italian community of Orange County. Film showings, Italian board games, Italian food demonstrations and fairs, Italian Carnevale, and field trips, are just some of the ways students can become involved. The club is also a great opportunity for students interested in studying or working abroad, as it provides a casual and fun setting outside the classroom environment to hone language skills and to learn about the regional cultures that make up the country of Italy.

 Website: https://orgsync.com/61254/chapter

 President: Adrian Bortoni borto103@mail.chapman.edu

 Advisor: Professor Francesca Paduano paduano@chapman.edu

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Support Italian Studies in Orange County
Become a Member of the Italian Studies Council

The tradition of community service that characterizes the Italian Studies program at Chapman University is inspired by the generosity of the many individuals who have supported the program throughout the years. This heritage is exemplified by the vision of Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco, whose deep love for Italian language and culture led them to institute the Musco Endowed Chair in Italian Studies. As the most vital Italian program in higher education in Orange County–a region where Italians have historically played and continue to play a significant role–Italian Studies at Chapman strives to be a cultural center, fostering an appreciation for Italian culture by hosting artistic events and scholarly presentations open to the academic and local community. The program aims to bring students and community into contact with the heartbeat of Italy also by facilitating direct experience with and travel to the country.

The Italian Studies Council is a non-profit college initiative whose goal is to benefit the teaching and learning of Italian studies at Chapman as well as to develop the role that the program plays within the city of Orange and greater Orange County. The members of the Council collaborate in constructive endeavors along with the Italian studies faculty and students to promote academic achievement, student travel to Italy, student and faculty projects, cultural and artistic programming, and community-service initiatives. This Council is interested in projects of mutual enrichment originating from individuals or groups outside the academia. The Council allows for affiliations at various levels and is open to all Italophiles, regardless of heritage.  

For more information contact the chair Vicky Carabini or Dr. Federico Pacchioni

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    Federico Pacchioni, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Musco Endowed Chair in Italian Studies
    Department of Languages
    Chapman University 
    (714) 744-7846
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