Italian Studies

Italian Studies: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Italian Studies

MA

  • Field:
    • Italian Literature

 

PhD

  • Fields:
    • Middle Ages and Renaissance​;
    • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries;
    • Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Overview

Graduate students in the Department of Italian Studies come from several parts of the world, including Canada, the United States, and Europe. Faculty members are heavily engaged in teaching and research in their fields. Some of them are associated at the graduate level with the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the McLuhan program, Cinema Studies, and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies.

Contact and Address

Web: italianstudies.utoronto.ca
Email: italian.grad@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 926-2346
Fax: (416) 926-7107

Department of Italian Studies
University of Toronto
Carr Hall, 2nd floor
100 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4
Canada

Italian Studies: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Bancheri, Salvatore - BA, MA, PhD
Eisenbichler, Konrad - BA, MA, PhD
Guardiani, Francesco - MA, PhD
Lettieri, Michael - BA, MA, PhD
Pierno, Franco - BA, MA, PhD
Pietropaolo, Domenico - BSc, MA, PhD
Robins, William - BA, MPH, PhD
Rupp, Stephen - BA, MA, MPH, MA, PhD
Somigli, Luca - PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Terpstra, Nicholas - BA, MA, PhD (Interim and Graduate Chair; Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies)

Associate Members

Casini, Simone - BA, MA, PhD

Italian Studies: Italian Studies MA

Master of Arts​

Program Description

The MA program offers advanced education in Italian literature and provides training in research techniques.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Italian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Successful completion of 7.0 undergraduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) in Italian, including the following: 3.0 FCEs in Italian literature (students must have at least 0.5 FCE in each of three out of four different periods: medieval, Renaissance, seventeenth to eighteenth centuries, nineteenth to twenty-first centuries) and an appropriate upper-year ​1.0 FCE in language.

  • Minimum B+ standing in their University of Toronto 300- and 400-series courses (or in equivalent courses).

  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • A personal statement of intent.

  • The department will determine whether applicants need to complete prerequisite work in order to qualify for admission. Applicants will be advised accordingly.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Successful completion of 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ITA 1000H Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (0.5 FCE)

    • 4.0 graduate FCEs.

  • A student's program of study must be approved by the department.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
15 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Italian Studies: Italian Studies PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program prepares students for a career in teaching and scholarship. Graduates are expected to have acquired autonomy in conducting research and preparing scholarly publications. They are trained to teach undergraduate courses in all areas of Italian studies and to design and teach graduate courses in their fields of specialization.

The program is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the discipline, specialized knowledge of a single field, and training in all aspects of scholarly research in the discipline.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: (1) following completion of an appropriate MA degree or (2) direct entry after completing a bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Italian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • ​​Successful completion of the University of Toronto MA or its equivalent with an overall average of at least A– in courses. Please note that an A– average does not guarantee admission to the program

  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • A personal statement of intent.

  • Notes:

    • Applicants with an Italian laurea magistrale/specialistica may apply for admission to the PhD program.

    • Applicants with a degree equivalent to a PhD (e.g., an Italian dottorato di ricerca, a PhD, a diploma di perfezionamento, etc.) cannot be accepted to the PhD program.​

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students normally complete 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 4.0 graduate FCEs including a mandatory extra-departmental course (0.5 FCE) chosen in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

    • ITA 1000H Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (0.5 FCE);

  • Language requirements. Students must show evidence of written and oral command of Italian; and, not later than the beginning of Year 3 of PhD registration, must have demonstrated a reading knowledge of Latin and one other language approved by the department.

  • Program progress. All students must maintain a minimum A– average in order to remain in the program.

  • Upon completion of all course requirements, and not later than Year 2 of the PhD program, students will complete the series of written and oral qualifying examinations.

  • Thesis and a Doctoral Final Oral Examination on the thesis. Permission to write the thesis in Italian (subject to final approval by the School of Graduate Studies) may be granted to students who first pass a supervised essay-type English examination to demonstrate proficiency in writing correct and idiomatic English prose.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Italian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • ​​Exceptional students may be admitted directly to the PhD program from the BA with a minimum A– average. Such applicants will apply to the MA program, but indicate in a separate letter to the Graduate Coordinator that they wish to be considered for direct admission to the PhD program.

  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • A personal statement of intent.

  • Notes:

    • Applicants with an Italian laurea magistrale/specialistica may apply for admission to the PhD program.

    • Applicants with a degree equivalent to a PhD (e.g., an Italian dottorato di ricerca, a PhD, a diploma di perfezionamento, etc.) cannot be accepted to the PhD program.​

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students will normally complete 8.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 8.0 graduate FCEs, including a mandatory extra-departmental course (0.5 FCE) In consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

    • ITA 1000H Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (0.5 FCE);

  • Language requirements. Students must show evidence of written and oral command of Italian; and, not later than the beginning of Year 3 of PhD registration, must have demonstrated a reading knowledge of Latin and one other language approved by the department.

  • Program progress. All students must maintain a minimum A– average in order to remain in the program.

  • Upon completion of all course requirements, and not later than Year 2 of the PhD program, students will complete the series of written and oral qualifying examinations.

  • Thesis and a Doctoral Final Oral Examination on the thesis. Permission to write the thesis in Italian (subject to final approval by the School of Graduate Studies) may be granted to students who first pass a supervised essay-type English examination to demonstrate proficiency in writing correct and idiomatic English prose.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

Italian Studies: Italian Studies MA, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the department regarding course availability.

ITA 1000H
Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (Credit/No Credit)
ITA 1001Y
Colloquia and Professional Development (Credit/No Credit)
ITA 1025H
Old Italian
ITA 1030H
Italian Lexicography
ITA 1031H
History of Italian Language in North America
ITA 1165H
Introduction to Italian Philology
ITA 1177H
The Italian Questione della Lingua
ITA 1200H
Dante
ITA 1202H
Dante as a Reader of Augustine's City of God: Augustinian Textual Communities at the Beginning of the 14th Century
ITA 1203H
Boccaccio
ITA 1235H
Topics in Italian Studies
ITA 1330H
Petrarch and Petrarchism
ITA 1520H
Renaissance Humanism
ITA 1535H
Topics in Italian Literature
ITA 1540H
Renaissance Italian Theatre
ITA 1550H
Sixteenth-Century Florence
ITA 1552H
Pietro Aretino and the Italian Renaissance
ITA 1565H
Tasso
ITA 1591H
Baroque Poetics and Poetry
ITA 1597H
The Commedia dell'Arte
ITA 1601H
Vico
ITA 1605H
Theories of the Stage and Dramatic Criticism
ITA 1610H
Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Theatre
ITA 1645H
Post-Tridentine Religious Drama
ITA 1650H
Neoclassical and Pre-Romantic Literary Culture
ITA 1705H
Pirandello
ITA 1710H
Aspects of Modern Italian Poetry
ITA 1735H
Topics in Italian Studies I
ITA 1736H
Topics in Italian Studies II
ITA 1737H
Topics in Italian Studies
ITA 1755H
Italian Modernism
ITA 1760H
Futurism
ITA 1810H
Studies in Italian Literature and Film
ITA 1820H The Mediterranean Noir: A Transnational Approach
ITA 1815H
Issues in Italian Film Historiography
MST 3162H
Boccaccio and Chaucer