The Department of French and Italian offers students a comprehensive course of study in the respective languages, literatures, and cultures of France and Italy. Students acquire a solid foundation in the grammatical, conversational, and compositional skills of the target language as a part of their in-depth analysis of French or Italian culture. Courses taught by the faculty encourage students to situate their studies of France or Italy in the larger context of Europe, the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds, and the ongoing process of globalization.
The Department of French and Italian offers the bachelor of arts in French and in Italian Studies. There are also minors in French and Italian. In addition, the department collaborates actively with the Comparative Literature Program, the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Medieval Studies Program, the Renaissance Studies Program, and the Department of Feminist Studies.
With the junior year abroad, students have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and study in France or Italy for a year. In most cases, this means attending a French or Italian university, living with local people, and being immersed in a foreign culture and language. The Education Abroad Program sends advanced students of French to the universities of Bordeaux and Lyon, as well as to the UC Paris Study Center and to the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris. Those who choose Italy are sent to the universities of Bologna or Padua, although students may apply to the prestigious Bocconi University in Milan (economics and international business). Semester programs at the UC Study Centers in Florence (Italian language and culture) and Rome (“Rome through the Ages”) are also available. Most Education Abroad Program participants pay the same fees that they would pay at UCSB, as well as room, board, books and personal travel and living expenses. Majors who study abroad must complete at least 20 units of upper-division courses in the department on the UCSB campus. Full details regarding EAP courses and regulations are available at the EAP Office, 2431 South Hall (telephone: 805-893-2958), or at www.eap.ucop.edu.
Le Club de Français and Club Italiano meet each quarter for food, films, conversation, and general fun, under the leadership of native French or Italian speakers. All levels of fluency are welcome. For details, contact the department, or visit www.frit.ucsb.edu.
Awards and Honors
Pi Delta Phi is a nationwide French honor society. Juniors and seniors with a 3.5 GPA in French and a 3.5 grade-point average overall will be invited to join, as will qualifying graduate students. In addition, French and Italian Studies majors of senior standing may be invited to participate in the senior honors program. This entails writing a 20-page paper as an independent study project (up to 4 units course credit). Those who successfully complete this project will graduate with honors; their diplomas and transcripts will read “Distinction in the Major.” In addition, French senior honors students may submit their essays for consideration for the Hermione Chevallier Prize, a modest cash award that is given at the annual departmental awards ceremony, while Italian Studies senior honors students compete for the Honors Thesis Prize, a substantial cash award sponsored by the Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara.
Senior Honors Program
French majors or Italian Studies majors of senior standing may be invited to participate in the departmental honors programs. Details are available from the department office and website: www.frit.ucsb.edu.