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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.

+-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.

+-Sebastian P. & Marybelle Musco Endowed Chair

The program is home to the Sebastian Paul & Marybelle Musco Endowed Chair in Italian Studies. Originally conceived to support Chapman University’s vocal performance students with a preparation in Italian language and culture, the Chair was instituted by the generosity of the Muscos and motivated by their passion for Italian opera. As a synergistic product of musical, literary, dramaturgic, and visual traditions, operatic performances are emblematic of the power that complex aesthetic experiences have on inviting and guiding us into the heart of a culture. For these reasons, the Italian Studies program at Chapman University aims at fostering an appreciation for Italian culture by hosting artistic events and scholarly presentations open to the academic and local community.

+-Study Abroad in Italy

ItalyIn 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 as well as other programs in Perugia, Syracuse, Lecce, Florence, and Rome.  Visit the Center for Global Education for more information.

+-News

La paura dell'amore (The Fear of Love)
Dr. Pacchioni full-length poetry collection is released in Italy

Ties that Bind: The Folk Roots of Italian Music
A musical lecture by guest lecturer Dr. Alessandro Carrera: "Ties that Bind: The Folk Roots of Italian Music"

Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations Behind the Scenes
Dr. Pacchioni publishes the monographic study Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations Behind the Scenes.

Ciao, Italy
The Italian Studies Program is featured in the Orange County Register

Italian Comedy of Masks
Actor Mace Perlman offers a demonstration and lecture on Commedia dell'Arte 

‘Danube’ author Claudio Magris to open John Fowles Literary Forum at Wilkinson College

Paul’s Piazza Pasta

Gems of the Bel Canto Era

A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy

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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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