Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science
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    GAFIS Symposium 2015
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    GAFIS Symposium 2015
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    GAFIS Symposium 2015
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Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of French and Italian, one of the oldest and largest in the United States.  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.  Through the Department of French and Italian you have access to the academic resources of one of the great public research universities in the world, while studying in an intimate and vibrant intellectual community. 


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.  Known for their regular innovation in curriculum and technology, our programs in both French and Italian are considered to be among the finest in North America. The international reputation of our faculty is matched only by their commitment to our students.


I invite you to explore our website. In keeping with Wisconsin's culture of collective innovation, I also invite you to contact any of us directly, with any comments or questions about our programs.


Cordialement / Cordialmente,


Gilles Bousquet, Chair
French and Italian