Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Italian Studies provides an opportunity for students to complement their doctoral studies with a coordinated multidisciplinary training in the Program in Italian Studies, and take part in an intellectually stimulating interdisciplinary community.


Graduate students may come from any department in the Humanities and Social Sciences in which interdisciplinary training in Italian history, culture, and language is desirable, including (but not limited to):


    • Art and Archaeology
    • Architecture
    • Comparative Literature
    • Classics
    • History
    • History of Science
    • Music
    • Religion
  • Politics


    • Judaic Studies
    • Medieval Studies
    • Renaissance Studies
  • Women and Gender


Students are expected to demonstrate competence in Italian speaking, writing, and reading for admission, at which point a recommendation will be made for further Italian study as necessary.

Certificate Requirements
    • Italian language proficiency sufficient to conduct original research using Italian as a research tool
    • participation in 2-3 graduate courses that deal with Italian Studies OR Independent research on an Italian topic (could be a portion of a dissertation, conference papers, or published articles)
  • Students are urged to participate in Italian Studies activities, which include lectures, works-in-progress talks and conferences

The course of study is determined by students’ home department advisors in consultation with the director of the Program in Italian Studies.

Normally, the dissertation should center on a topic of significance in Italian language and culture. The dissertation proposal must be approved by the home department and the Italian Studies Committee, according to the timetable and requirements of the home department. A faculty member from the student’s home department will normally advise the dissertation, with at least one reader from the Italian Studies Committee.

An Italian Studies certificate may also be awarded to students whose dissertations, though outside Italian Studies, show exceptional knowledge and expertise in Italian Studies, as demonstrated in seminars, conference papers, or publications.  

How to Apply

Ideally, students should confer with the Program Director during their first year to allow adequate time to plan an appropriate course of study. Second-year students and post-generals students may be admitted, depending upon their background, experience, and area of concentration. All students interested in the program should contact the director of the Program in Italian Studies for further information.


Apply online.

Funding and Teaching

Students are supported by graduate fellowships from their own department. Additional small grants may be available to help support research trips to Italian archives and libraries. To apply for a grant, email Wendy Heller or Marie Basso. In addition, graduate students with sufficient language skills may have the opportunity to precept language courses in the Department of French and Italian.

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