Italian studies

Benvenuti / Welcome to Italian Studies

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 MLLC) 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).