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The UA department of French and Italian offers cutting-edge language programs, including an MA in French with several emphasis tracks and one of the largest number of Italian majors in the United States.

Welcome to the UA's French and Italian Department Website.

Here you will find information on degrees, course descriptions, faculty profiles, information about majoring and minoring in French or Italian, study abroad opportunities in Italy and France, extra-curricular activitiescontact information, and more.

About us

  • We offer BAs in Italian and French and an MA in French
  • Award-winning teachers and advisors
  • One of the largest Italian Programs in the United States
  • Study abroad opportunities in Orvieto, Italy
  • A diverse French program, with courses in second language acquisition, francophonie, French literature, culture and language
  • One of the oldest and best-established study abroad programs in the University of Arizona (Paris)
  • World-renowned scholars in French and Francophone language, literatures and cultures
  • World-renowned scholars in Italian language, cinema, literature and culture

News & Events

Congratulations to French major Daniel Anthony Salvador! Daniel is the recipient of the generous award from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for Spring 2017, during which he'll be studying abroad at the Université de...
Dr. Fabian Alfie, professor of Italian, was featured in a story by UA News in how the work of the famed poet Dante Alighieri has remained a focal point of popular interest for centuries. Read the full story here:  Four Questions: 'Inferno' Unveils...
Ama Ayehbea Addison, MA candidate in French, has had her paper accepted (“The Role of the Mother Tongue in Second Language Acquisition”) for presentation at the KFLC: Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference in Lexington, KY (April 20-22, 2017...
Congratulations to Dr. Annette Joseph-Gabriel for receiving the College of Humanities Faculty Research Grant!  She will be conducting archival research in France in Summer 2017 for the project "Mapping Marronage: Visualizing Trans Atlantic Networks...
Congratulations to Dr. Marie-Pierre Le Hir and her students in FREN 302 who published a course-related magazine.  Read it here:
Congratulations to Dr. Annette Joseph-Gabriel who has received a research award from the Start for Success Program through the Office of Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) at the UA.  Dr. Joseph-Gabriel will be conducting research in the...
Dr. Dalila Ayoun has been invited to serve as the interpreter for the talk that Noam Chomsky will give in Paris on November 24 at la Bibliothèque nationale de France. He will receive la Médaille d'or de Philologie à l'Assemblée nationale on November...
KXCI Community Radio 91.3 FM Tucson spoke with University of Arizona faculty members Suzi Dovi, Phyllis Taoua and Denis Provencher about the upcoming Inauguration Day Teach-In and March for Unity and Solidarity.
Congratulations to Dr. Fabian Alfie, who just published “La donna taverna: La ballata delle due cognate ubriache” as part of a collection of essays for a conference held in June 2015, "La poesia italiana prima di Dante" (Italian Poetry before Dante).
Congratulations to Dr. Denis Provencher and his colleagues Nicoleta Bazgan (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Sue Harris (Queen Mary University, London) who have guest co-edited the 40th anniversary special double issue of Contemporary...