The Italian program offers courses in language, literature, culture and film. Students can major in Italian Studies, usually by complementing coursework at Kenyon with study in Italy.
A major in Modern Languages can combine Italian, as either the primary or secondary language, with another language in the department. A minor is also available in Italian. Most students who continue in Italian past the first year go to Italy, for a semester, a summer or, ideally, a year.
The program includes courses beyond the advanced language level that treat a range of subjects. Literary offerings range from early to modern literature. An innovative culture course examines the Italian intellectual heritage from a combined literary, artistic and cinematic perspective. Topics in Italian cinema consider themes and history as represented in film.
Recently seniors have studied such topics as modern poetry and prose, the Divine Comedy, cinematic representations of the Italian Risorgimento and early Italian-American sculptors in Washington, DC. There is ample opportunity to work closely with professors Richards and Dubrovic on subjects of students' interest.
In addition, excellent students have worked as Apprentice Teachers in support of the language program, gaining valuable experience in group leadership. The study of Italian at Kenyon also opens the possibility of acceptance to respected MA and PhD programs, both in Italian and other fields, as the accomplishments of recent graduates attest.