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About the Program

In addition to core courses in the language, students choose from a wide selection of offerings in Art History, Africana Studies, Classics, History, Government, and Music. Learning Italian is key to research in the fields of medicine, art history, literature, and archaeology. More than a dozen of Italy’s most prestigious and academically rigorous universities offer English-language MD/MBBS programs where students prepare for residency, research, and clinical practice at an economical cost. Italy has the eighth largest economy in the world and is part of the G7 leading industrialized countries whose employers seek people who speak both Italian and English.

Meet Our Faculty

Cecily Cai

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies

19th- and 20th-century German and Italian literature, literature and music, literary criticism, literary translation

Mackenzie Cooley

Assistant Professor of History, Director of Latin American Studies

history of science; early modern world; Colonial Latin America; environmental history; intellectual history; digital humanities; history of gender and sexuality; animal studies; genetics and history

Federica Di Blasio

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian Studies

Italian literature, Italian cinema, migration studies, translation studies

Anne Feltovich

Chair and Associate Professor of Classics

Greek and Roman comedy; Greek and Roman gender and sexuality; Greek archaeology

Heather Merrill

Professor of Africana Studies

critical human geography; race, place, and belonging in Italy, Black Europe, and the U.S.; gender and intersectionality; African Diasporic politics and identity in Italy; Blackness and anti-blackness

Explore Hamilton Stories

 Jackie Prunier '23, Kate Burnham '23

Two Awarded Coccia Foundation Scholarships for Study in Italy

Katherine (Kate) Burnham ’23 and Jacquelin (Jackie) Prunier ’23 have been awarded Coccia Foundation Scholarships for study in Italy in 2022.

Glori Difo '20

Study in Perugia Leads to Difo’s Geosciences Senior Project

Having spent a semester studying in Perugia, Italy, Gloribel “Glori” Difo ’20 became so captivated with the city that she decided to take what she saw and learned to create an interdisciplinary senior project: A Walking Tour of Perugia, Italy: Exploring the Building Stones Used in the City’s Construction.

Jacob Colangelo '20

Art History, In Person

Drawn in by the open curriculum, Jacob Colangelo ’20 enrolled at Hamilton and then happily followed his parents’ advice, which was to discover new interests.


Department Name

Italian Studies Department

Contact Name

John Eldevik, Chair

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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