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Why I Chose French & Italian

Immerse yourself in language and explore culture at a deeper level.

Lisdye Garcia-Gonzalez
B.A. French 2016, Political Science 2018 M.A.French 2018
Lecturer of English, Université Jean Moulin Lyon III

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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

Dr. Deborah Kaye
The Religious Studies Review recently published Dr. Deborah Kaye’s review essay, “Jewish Continuity and Mediterranean History: Medieval and Early Modern Studies,” which was inspired by her interests in and work on Mediterranean Studies and her new...
Amy Kimme Hea, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Success in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Carine Bourget, professor of French, and Anita Huizar-Hernandez, assistant professor of Spanish, joined Julia Smith, UA Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations, in visiting Arizona’s congressional offices.
A delegation of UA faculty members joined with colleagues from around the country in Washington D.C. this week for Humanities Advocacy Day. See the whole story by clicking here.
Some in the DRC identify opposition leader Martin Fayulu as the winner but official results have yet to be released.
Phyllis Taoua, UA Professor of Francophone Studies, has a new op-ed in The Conversation, saying the Dec. 30 election shows "the quiet work of pro-democracy activism has been ongoing in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2012 and the process of...
Gender in French: Understanding and Misunderstanding Galore…So Let’s Agree to Disagree
Please help us in congratulating Dr. Dalila Ayoun who has been invited as a plenary speaker at the upcoming Graduate Student Conference, “Understanding and Misunderstanding,” in the Department of French and Italian at Indiana University.  Dr. Ayoun...
The University of Arizona ranks among the top 10 universities in the nation for producing graduates with foreign language degrees. According to a new Chronicle of Higher Education analysis of U.S. Department of Education data for the 2016-17...
Dr. Carine Bourget
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Carine Bourget who has just been awarded a 2018-19 COH Teaching and Outreach Grant for her project “French Language and Cultural Skills Development for Students in Health Professions.”   Félicitations, Dr....
Dr. Fabian Alfie
Please help us in congratulating Dr. Fabian Alfie who has just received a grant from the Provost’s Author Support program to help complete the production of his forthcoming book, La Cazzaria, Manuscript K: A Nineteenth-Century Copy of the Lost...
Higher Learning: Hip Hop in the Ivory Tower Cover Image
Please help us in congratulating our colleague and Dean, Dr. A-P Durand for his recent publication: “’The Wind Blows in Arizona’: Representing The University of Arizona’s Minor in Hip-Hop Cultures.”  This chapter just appeared in Karin L. Stanford...
Virtual Journey to Italy
Dr. Letizia Bellocchio, Department of French & Italian, shared with her Italian 301 students a new Virtual Journey To Italy on Monday, February 25 in the University of Arizona iSpace. Through this multidisciplinary learning community and...
Dr. Dalila Ayoun is the invited plenary speaker at the upcoming symposium, “Methods and Approaches for Investigating Cross-Linguistics Influence in the Foreign Language Acquisition of Grammatical Structures.”  Dr. Ayoun will present “The L2...

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