Welcome to the Department of Italian

Today's interconnected and interdependent world requires a deep understanding of cultures other than one's own. The Italian Department's goal is to prepare future scholars and informed leaders, knowledgeable about the enduring power of Italian Culture - Italy's greatest natural resource. Building upon Georgetown's strong tradition of international understanding and ethos of intercultural education, our curriculum integrates language studies with knowledge of Italian, literature, history, politics, and the arts.

The Italian Department's integrative approach prepares students to explore connections and understand the literary and cultural tradition from past to present. From the Gateway course to the Senior Seminar, all our courses are designed to introduce students to Italian culture in all its manifestations, to develop critical and analytical skills through intellectual dialogue in small class settings, and to provide an integrated overseas study experience that will give students new perspectives on world issues.

Italian Language and Culture Conference:
New Directions in Teaching and Research


Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Saturday October 24th, 2015 (7:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.)

Register for the conference and view our Program on our Eventbrite page.

Keynote Speaker: Nicoletta Marini-Maio, Dickinson College 

The Department of Italian at Georgetown University together with the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. is hosting its second conference on teaching and research in the field of Italian language and culture. The purpose of this conference, which will take place during Italian Language Week, is to share innovative approaches and pedagogical strategies for teaching Italian language and culture at both the high school and university levels, and to showcase current trends in SLA theory and research.