UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

French and Italian

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Phelps Hall 5206
Telephone: (805) 893-3111
Undergraduate e-mail: fritugrad@frit.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail: gd-french@frit.ucsb.edu
Website: www.frit.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Jon Snyder
E-mail: chair@frit.ucsb.edu


The Department of French and Italian offers students a comprehensive course of study in the languages, literature, and cultural heritage of France and Italy. Students gain a solid foundation in the grammatical, conversational, and compositional skills of the target language, and pursue an in-depth study of French and Italian culture. The department seeks above all to foster the types of analytic and creative thinking that will enable students to make use of their studies in meaningful ways in today’s increasingly global society. The approach is international in outlook, sensitive to a diversity of perspectives, and challenges students to grow intellectually.

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 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. It is one thing to visit these countries as a tourist, and quite another to live among French or Italian people, attend a French or Italian university, and become immersed in either of these cultures. One’s perspective on the world is never quite the same again. The Education Abroad Program sends French majors to the universities of Bordeaux and Lyon, as well as to the UC Paris Study Center and to the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris. Qualifying Italian Studies majors are sent to the University 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 Siena (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 two or three times per quarter for food, films, conversation, and general fun, under the leadership of native French speakers and native 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. The annual Pi Delta Phi reception is held in May. 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 Chevalier Prize, a modest cash award that is given at the Pi Delta Phi reception, 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.