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Benvenuti!! Welcome to the Italian Studies section of the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures at California State University, Long Beach, home of the George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies! The Italian Bachelor of Arts Program exists thanks to an agreement between the Italian American community of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach. Their combined efforts led to the establishment of the program itself as well as the Center for Italian Studies, named in honor of Mr. George Graziadio. The founding gift made by George and Reva Graziadio speaks to their desire to foster Italian Studies in Southern California. Since 2001 the Center has promoted the diffusion of Italian language, culture, and civilization through a variety of cultural events (lectures, conferences, film screenings, etc.) related to Italian and Italian American Studies. Additionally, the Center offers scholarships for study abroad in Italy. The Center’s events offer students and the community the opportunity to experience Italian and Italian American culture through programs that are held in collaboration with Italian and Italian American institutions and organizations in Southern California.

Italian is one of the largest growing languages to be taught in high schools, colleges and universities in The United States. The growing popularity of Italian is a result of Italy’s status on the world stage: from its historic past, contributions to humanity and innovations that have and continue to inspire the world. Italy combines the best of tradition and innovation in ways that have made Italy a leader in the arts, humanities, and fashion, but also industrial design and manufacture.  Italy’s increasing globalized market makes the knowledge of Italian language and culture an invaluable asset.

We are proud to be the only university in The State of California to offer a Single-Subject Credential in Teaching of Italian as well as Minor and Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Italian Studies.  Our partnership with the local Italian and Italian American Communities has resulted in the creation of the George L. Graziadio Center of Italian Studies. Together, they promote the diffusion of Italian language, culture and civilization through a variety of academic and cultural events featuring prominent scholars and authors in the fields of Italian and Italian American Studies. Our goal is to assist students in the attainment of linguistic and socio-cultural competencies in Italian language, literature and culture in order to communicate effectively to speakers of Italian. We strongly encourage our students to study abroad through the CSU Study Center in Florence, Italy or through the direct exchange with Ca’ Foscari, the University of Venice, or  on their own at universities in Italy such as those in Perugia and Siena, among many others. Italian Studies cultivates interdisciplinary teaching and learning methods in order to ensure the broadest possible application across the many fields that incorporate and Italian component. Our students are trained for jobs in the academic and non-academic worlds alike. We offer a full range of courses in Italian language, literature, and culture, from elementary language classes to graduate courses. In the following pages, you will find information about our undergraduate programs, our faculty and their areas of expertise, events such as lectures and cultural exchanges, as well as our extra-curricular student organization, Club Italia.

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Italian Studies Program Director and Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor

Dr. Clorinda Donato

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