Italian Studies

Faculty of Humanities

Italian Studies


Benvenuti / Welcome to Italian Studies

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The Italian Studies Program at Brock is designed to help you develop written and spoken competence in the language and to introduce you to the rich and vast world of Italian culture. The program delivers a wide variety of language courses, from beginner to advanced, including translation theory and practice, Italian regionalism, and pedagogy (language teaching). The program also offers courses in Italian literature, culture, cinema, art and architecture, some of which are offered in English to accommodate non-Majors. You are exposed to great writers, artists and filmmakers such as Dante, Petrarca, Machiavelli, Pirandello, Eco, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello, De Sica, Fellini and Bertolucci. The small, upper-year classes and state-of-the-art multimedia classrooms ensure a unique, optimal and personalized learning experience. In addition to the courses taught in Italian, the Department offers a series of courses taught in English (designated SCLC) that may be acceptable for credit toward a degree in Italian.

The Italian Section of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a Summer Studies Program in Italy, available for both Majors and non-Majors. Furthermore, the Section facilitates the taking of courses, on letter of permission, in Italy offered by other Canadian universities. Students may also take language courses through the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Tuscany (University for Foreigners).

For those looking for financial assistance, there are a number of scholarships, bursaries and awards for Italian Majors. In addition, work experience in senior years is also available. You may be eligible to work at Brock or as a teacher or assistant in Italian classes for children in the local school board (International Languages Program).

The following programs are offered:

  • 3 yr BA
  • 4 yr BA Honours, Combined Major only
  • Minor in Italian (A Minor in Italian is available if you wish to obtain an overview of Italian while pursuing your degree in another subject).

**New course:

ITAL 3Q90 Translating and Interpreting in the Community: An Internship
Translation and language use for special purposes in the community. Areas include health care, tourism, wine industry, judicial services, as well as business. Course is combined with a part-time internship in a business where Italian is used.
Students will be placed in the community for experiential learning.
Tutorial, 1.5 hour per week, plus internship placement time. Participation in an orientation to the co-op experience, goal setting, resume preparation, interview skills preparation.
Prerequisites: ITAL 2F00, ITAL 2P90 or permission of the instructor.
Note: enrolment will be limited to the number of placements available



ITAL 3M50 trip to Rome

Departmental Events

Student Poster exhibit
February 6, 2016 - 9:00am - 7:00pm
Screening of Venezuelan film Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)
February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Festiv'ébène 2016 Francophone festival (Black history month)
February 8, 2016 - 9:00am - February 27, 2016 - 10:00pm

My time studying in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures was very positive, as I was offered a very well-rounded education in the Humanities that allowed me to greatly improve my linguistic competence in both French and Italian[...]. I was also able to spend my 3rd year studying abroad at the Université de Savoie in France! I am now off to do my masters in European Studies and owe everything to Brock’s Modern Languages Department. If you are a student looking to immerse yourself in European culture and civilization, Brock is the place for you!
-- Mike Gicante, 2012