Fahy Hall Room 219
Director: David Bénéteau, Ph.D.
Faculty and Committee Members: Bénéteau (Director); Connell (La Motta Chair); Murzaku; Nichols; Romani (Director of Alberto Institute); Savastano
The Italian Studies program offers all Seton Hall University students an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the language, history and culture of Italy. Defined as a nation in cultural terms long before it achieved political definition as a state, Italy has created with its literary and cultural achievements an exciting history that has spanned more than 2,500 years and several continents. The Italian Studies program offers an excellent opportunity to study the effects of this history on a people whose experiences were crucial in shaping European culture, while also creating new communities and local cultures for themselves in America and around the world.
The Italian Studies program capitalizes on Seton Hall’s unique resources. The Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute coordinates initiatives throughout the university, organizes conferences and oversees the awarding of scholarships to students working in Italian Studies. A vibrant Italian Language and Literature program, housed in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers an array of courses in Italian (on-campus and in Rome). The Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair in Italian Studies sponsors lectures and research initiatives; the Valente Italian Studies Library houses a major research collection on the third floor of the Walsh Library; and the University Archives preserve detailed records from the historically important Italian American communities of New Jersey. The program collaborates with the departments of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; History; Art History and Music; Catholic Studies; and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work; the School of Diplomacy and International Affairs; and the Stillman School of Business.
Minor in Italian Studies
The Italian Studies Minor (18 credits) offers outstanding preparation for graduate school, or a career in international business, diplomacy, teaching, social work and the law. Recent graduates of the Italian Studies Minor have established careers in finance, tourism and the fashion industry, and some have gone on to the best law schools in the United States. Students majoring in any field are encouraged to consider the advantages of a minor program that provides focused attention on the history, language and culture of a country and people whose experiences continue to be fundamental in shaping the modern world.
The Italian Studies Minor requires 18 credits of study distributed among at least three of the participating departments and programs. Students must complete at least 6 credits in Italian language and literature at any level.