Italian Studies at Boston University offers a comprehensive undergraduate preparation in the fields of Italian language, literature and culture.
Dennis Costa, a specialist in Comparative Literature, teaches courses on the earliest poetry in Italian and a two-semester seminar on Dante’s Commedia, as well as courses on Petrarca, Renaissance literature, and on the humanist movement in the Renaissance. Nancy Harrowitz teaches courses on 19th and 20th century Italian literature, on the Italian novel, on literature and film during/in response to the fascist period, and on Primo Levi, and is a specialist in Holocaust studies as well. Senior Lecturer Claretta Tonetti teaches courses on Italian film and on aspects of contemporary Italian culture. Rita Coté, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Italian Language Program, teaches writing and the study of 19th and 20th century Italian culture. Our courses in advanced language and Italian culture (Italian media, Italian film) on the Boston campus are supplemented by the curriculum of our study abroad program (CIES/Center for Italian & European Studies) in Padova in coordination with the Universita’ degli Studi di Padova.