Italian Studies students abroad in Bologna
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Bucknell students and professor Paparcone meet in Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, March 2015

Bucknell students and professor Paparcone meet in Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, March 2015

Don't do Italian, live it.

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Discover how Italy is more than mamma, mafia and macaroni.

Learn to communicate well in Italian. Gain insight into contemporary Italian culture and into Italy's rich intellectual and artistic past.

You'll take a variety of exciting classes on Italian civilization, literature and cinema and develop your writing skills and oral fluency in Italian in order to develop critical tools to communicate, research and work actively in a global market economy.

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Did You Know?

Bucknell's Italian studies students learn about Italy's contemporary culture, its language and its intellectual and artistic past. Courses focus on language proficiency, literature, film, art, music, history, politics, and economics.

Italian studies faculty members are both teachers and scholars who bring their expertise to the classroom. They offer innovative and interactive teaching and often use technology and digital media as teaching tools.

Small class sizes create a stimulating, highly personal learning environment. Students work closely with faculty and get the individual attention they need to progress rapidly.

Our teaching assistants provide a direct link to contemporary Italy. They assist our students in and outside the classroom.

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Bernhard Kuhn


Bernhard Kuhn

"I think that opera going high-definition can, if it's done responsibly, enrich the art form immensely. It can create a new boom of opera in the 21st century because it makes opera accessible to a lot of people."

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

The Italian Studies Program strongly encourages study abroad in Italy. Students may participate in programs in Bologna, Florence, Milan, Padua or Rome. Residence abroad is the best way to gain proficiency in the language and knowledge of the culture.

Study Abroad


Student/Faculty Research

Students have opportunities for meaningful research with faculty members. Recent projects include:

  • "The Role of Women in Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron," with Professor Bernhard Kuhn
  • "Giacomo Puccini and Luciano Berio: Contrasting Musical Aesthetics in Turandot," with Professor Bernhard Kuhn

Using Your Language Skills

Student Projects

In Italian 102, students practice oral skills through dialogues and conversations. At the end of the term they are tested in the form of one skit and a final oral exam. The skit is performed in groups of two or three and consists of a dramatization of an original fable written by the group members. The skit offers students the chance to revisit the themes studied throughout the term and to express their creativity.


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