Milan, Florence, Bologna, Rome or Padua?

The Italian Studies Program strongly encourages study in Italy, since residence abroad is the best way to be fully immersed in another culture and gain proficiency in the language. Students may participate in programs in Milan, Florence, Bologna, Rome or Padua.

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Discover how Italy is more than mamma, mafia and macaroni.

Learn to communicate well in Italian. Gain insight into contemporary Italian culture and into Italy's rich intellectual and artistic past.

You'll take a variety of exciting classes on Italian civilization, literature and cinema and develop your writing skills and oral fluency in Italian in order to develop critical tools to communicate, research and work actively in a global market economy.

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Bucknell's Italian studies students learn about Italy's contemporary culture, its language and its intellectual and artistic past. Courses focus on language proficiency, literature, film, art, music, history, politics, and economics.

Italian studies faculty members are both teachers and scholars who bring their expertise to the classroom. They offer innovative and interactive teaching and often use technology and digital media as teaching tools.

Small class sizes create a stimulating, highly personal learning environment. Students work closely with faculty and get the individual attention they need to progress rapidly.

Our teaching assistants provide a direct link to contemporary Italy. They assist our students in and outside the classroom.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet all of our faculty

Anna Paparcone


Anna Paparcone

"My objective is to encourage students not only to simply learn and investigate more deeply into their own studies and preferences, but also to develop a personal, independent critical point of view that they can bring to class and discuss with their peers."

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Bernhard Kuhn


Bernhard Kuhn

"I think that opera going high-definition can, if it's done responsibly, enrich the art form immensely. It can create a new boom of opera in the 21st century because it makes opera accessible to a lot of people."

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Lisa Ferrante Perrone


Lisa Ferrante Perrone

"Being able to communicate in a second (or third) language is an essential skill for today's Bucknell graduate. For me, nothing is more rewarding than pausing on campus to converse in Italian about current events, literature or life in general with a student. The spark of a new world of possibilities lights up their eyes."

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

The Italian Studies Program strongly encourages study abroad in Italy. Students may participate in programs in Bologna, Milan, Florence, Rome, or Padua. Residence abroad is the best way to gain proficiency in the language and knowledge of the culture.


Student/Faculty Research

Students have opportunities for meaningful research with faculty members. Recent projects include:

  • "Italo Calvino's Six Memos for the Next Millennium and his novels," with Professor Bernhard Kuhn
  • "The Role of Women in Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron," with Professor Bernhard Kuhn

Using Your Language Skills

Student Projects

In Italian 102, students practice oral skills through dialogues and conversations. At the end of the term they are tested in the form of one skit and a final oral exam. The skit is performed in groups of two or three and consists of a dramatization of an original fable written by the group members. The skit offers students the chance to revisit the themes studied throughout the term and to express their creativity.

Discovering Italy, il Bel Paese

Anfiteatro, Taormina

Argille di Taormina

Baba, Napoli

Basilica San Francesco, Assisi

Canal Grande, Venezia

Ceramiche, Taormina

Chiesa Santa Chiara e Maioliche, Napoli; gamanti

Colosseo, Roma

Duomo, Orvieto

Duomo, Firenze

Fontana di Trevi, Roma

Fori imperiali, Roma

Golfo e Vesuvio, Napoli gamanti

Maschere napoletane, Pulcinella, Napoli

Piazza di Spagna, Roma


Taormina, Sicilia

Torre pendente, Pisa


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