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

Heather Merrill

Professor of Africana Studies, Director of Italian 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

Cecily Cai

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies


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

Mackenzie Cooley

Associate 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

Explore Hamilton Stories

Two students talking at a table in Commons dining hall.

Speaking of Grabbing a Meal …

Amidst the bustling crowds at Commons and McEwen dining halls, language faculty and students sit around a table to enjoy a meal while conversing in their chosen studied language. Hamilton’s “language tables,” as they are known, provide both valuable speaking experience and community building opportunities.

Cecily Cai, Italian studies

Meet the New Faculty: Cecily Cai, Italian Studies

Cecily Cai joined the faculty in August as a tenure-track assistant professor of Italian studies. See why she chose teaching and why Hamilton.

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

Heather Merrill, Program Director

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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