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.  


  • French students and Faculty mix and mingle at our recent Welcome Reception
  • Cloister of Santa Maria la Nova, Naples. Photo credit: Professor Stefania Buccini
  • Ascending the Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees Mountains
  • Summer travels in Florence - photo credit: Professor Stefania Buccini
  • The Old Appian Way in Summer - built by the Romans in 312 B.C.

Latest News

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


July 26, 2016

ALUMNI CONVERSATIONS: Robert Tirschwell, Head of Trading at Brean Captial, NYC, Class of '90. Read the interview here


July 25, 2016

JOB OPPORTUNITY: the Department of Defense Educational Activity is seeking two French immersion teachers to work at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe NATO Base, American Elementary School near Mons, Belgium. More information. 


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Outreach & Events

Sep 30, 2016
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Looking for professional experience in France? Learn about finding an internship, scholarships, and how to get credit. Reps from International Internship Program (IIP) and from the French American Chamber of Commerce will be available to answer questions.

Mar 16, 2017
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Éric LE CALVEZ, Professor of French at Georgia State University

General topic title: "Et la lourde machine se mit en route.": L’analyse génétique de Madame Bovary

Professor Le Calvez’s particular specialty in genetic criticism: 2017 will be the year celebrating 160 years since the initial volume-publication of Madame Bovary.  He is currently preparing a monograph dedicated to the “avant-textes” & “brouillons” of this same novel.  Interaction with Prof. Le Calvez would provide our graduate students with a unique experience with this critical approach to literature that not only is asserting its importance in 19th-century studies, but to literary criticism as a whole. 

Intellectual Endeavors

Coming soon!