Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science


Welcome to Department of French and Italian 


Known for our particular intellectual atmosphere of exceptional quality and openness, we have long been recognized for our leadership in literary and critical scholarship, teaching excellence, and pedagogical research and training. We have a long tradition of internationalizing our curriculum, from our decades-old study abroad programs in Italy and the French-speaking world to our doctoral-level research exchanges to our professional master's curricula and required internships.  


Latest News

October 20, 2016

Interested in studying abroad in Italy next semester? There is a NEW $1,000 CIAO scholarship available. Apply by November 15, 2016!


October 11, 2016

New Study Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco! Apply by January 27 for summer program. Check it out here!


August 25, 2016

FRIT is hiring Student Office Assistants for fall. Apply here. 


August 25, 2016

'Bilinguals are More Attractive, Say 71% of Americans.' Read the CNN article here.


August 16, 2016

ALUMNI CONVERSATIONS: Douglas Lechner, Department of Defense Education Activity. Class of 2012. Read the interview here. 


August 1, 2016

ALUMNI CONVERSATIONS: Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Class of '95. Read the interview here


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Outreach & Events

Oct 26, 2016
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I vitelloni (1953) 1h 48m Directed by Federico Fellini

 Federico Fellini’s first international success is a character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives as they dream of success outside of their small Italian town.     


Nov 11, 2016

FRIT ALUMNI: Join us and our current students on Nov 11 from 2-4pm for a Homecoming Reception at the French House. Register here. Can't make it? Let us know what you're up to!

Intellectual Endeavors

Machiavelli's Tragic Geography


As one of this year's Fellows at our own UW Institute for Research in the Humanities, Professor Kristin Phillips-Court (Italian) investigates Machiavelli's frequent recourse to images of the Italian terrain in his literary works as a means of defining and communicating knowledge. Her study shows how Machiavelli's writings substantiate more than their distillation into a political theory that stripped morality from politics. Utilizing cross-disciplinary analytical tools to interpret Machiavelli's geographical imagery, she uncovers the surprising centrality and meaning of Machiavelli's rhetorical engagement with the contours of his native land.