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Department of French & Italian

Welcome to French and Italian!


A message to our students:

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We are thrilled to welcome you to our highly acclaimed courses!  There, as you gain familiarity with the French or Italian language, you will discover worlds new and old, encounter novel ideas, and journey through an exceptionally diverse social and cultural landscape rich in literature, media, visual and performing arts, fashion and design, gastronomy, social and political thought, and economic vitality. All of our classes are highly interactive, and the pandemic has only further solidified the renowned teaching effectiveness of our faculty by challenging us to incorporate new technologies and media into our pedagogy, and stay connected to our students in new ways. Whether you are a beginner taking Italian or French for the first time, or a more experienced student interested in our advanced language, film, or literature courses, we are prepared to enthrall you and to enhance your Northwestern experience with superlative instruction, unforgettable content, and incomparable opportunities to build relationships with professors and fellow students alike. Be sure to explore our website for info on our faculty and current courses and check out our videos, below, on French and Italian study at Northwestern!

2022-2023 Department Newsletter


Rosa La Rose


Volume XXI, Spring 2023

Spring Quarter Courses


See here for the full selection of our spring quarter classes in the Department of French & Italian!



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The Department of French and Italian launches L'Atelier Théâtre

Beginning in fall quarter of 2023, Professor Viot-Southard will be leading a French theatre and performance workshop on Monday afternoons at 3:00pm.

Daniela Pozzi Pavan awarded the CLI Excellence in Teaching Award

Every year, the Council in Language Instruction bestows this honor on a member of the language teaching track faculty who has distinguished themselves by their contributions to and accomplishment in pedagogy both inside and outside the classroom. Congratulazioni, Daniela!

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