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The Italian Graduate Program offers the Master of Arts degree in Italian and, in cooperation with the School of Education, the Master of Sciences in Education. The degrees lead to teaching careers in secondary education and college, and to admission to doctoral programs in these languages or comparative literature. Courses cover numerous aspects of the literature from the Medieval through the contemporary periods, viewed through various methods of literary criticism. Courses are also given in the history of the language, advanced translation, civilization, and the cinema. Seminars are set aside for methodology, selected authors or literary topics, and special problems.

Master of Arts Program

Graduate Adviser: Eugenia Paulicelli, 718-997-5659.

Requirements for Matriculation

1. A strong undergraduate concentration in Italian, consisting normally of a minimum of 20 undergraduate elective credits.
2. The credentials of each applicant are to be examined by a suitable departmental committee which shall have the authority to accept or reject the candidate. This committee may request an interview with a candidate for admission if it feels it necessary to do so.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for the Master of Arts degree.
1. Students must consult the Graduate Adviser in their language for assistance and guidance in working out an approved program of studies.
2. Thirty credits are required for the Master of Arts degree. The completion of a thesis is optional. The thesis, which may be substituted for two course, must be based on original research (791, 792, Special Problems). It will normally be written in English, or, by special permission, in the foreign language of the major field of the student's concentration. A minimum of 24 credits must be taken in the major language. The remaining credits may be taken with permission in a discipline other than English related to Italian studies.
3. All students are required to take Italian 701 (History of the Italian language) and Italian 781 (Seminar: Methodology).
4. Students will be required to demonstrate their reading knowledge of another language other than English, in addition to their major language. A classical language may be substituted by special permission.
5. A comprehensive examination, both written and oral, will be administered in the major language, in which students will be tested on their knowledge of the important authors and literary movements. A student may not attempt this examination more than twice.


Master of Science in Education Program

Graduate Advisor in Italian: Eugenia Paulicelli, 718-997-5659
Graduate Advisers in SEYS: Jacqueline Davis, 718-997-5176

The Master of Science in Education Program responds to the needs of teachers and prospective teachers of foreign languages. The degree program combines course work in 1) culture, literature, and language, 2) foreign language education, and 3) professional education. The courses in culture, literature, and language are given by the Department of European Languages and Literatures. The courses in foreign language education and professional education are offered by the School of Education. For admission requirements to Secondary Education programs, call the SEYS Department at 997-5150.

Requirements for Matriculation

In addition to the general admission requirements stated on page 18 of the Graduate Bulletin, applicants should consult the advisors in both the Department of ELL and SEYS regarding the prerequisite courses required for certification.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

The 30 credits required for the degree are to be distributed among courses in Italian and SEYS in consultation with advisers in both departments. Advisement and forms are available in both departmental offices. Students should meet with the graduate advisers as soon as possible in order to plan their program of study and submit it for approval.


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Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, there are currently no regular in-person office hours. For all matters, please send an email to the department chair or language advisor listed below. Faculty can be reached by email and are holding office hours by phone or videoconference. See faculty contact information.

Fall 2021 Course Information

Department Chair:
Gerasimus Katsan
Queens Hall 200
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

Italian Advisor:
Eugenia Paulicelli
Queens Hall 330C2


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