Italian Studies and Italian American Studies
Hofstra University offers a minor in Italian studies or Italian American studies. These are interdisciplinary programs that explore the richness and variety of Italian culture as it developed in Italy and other societies, notably the United States. The course of study offered by our outstanding faculty is supplemented by two study abroad programs, the annual Italian Experience Festival in September, the Italian American Experience Lecture Series, C.I.A.O. (the Cultural Italian American Organization), the office of the Association of Italian American Educators, and the Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professorship in Italian Studies and Italian American Studies.
Professor of Comparative Literature,
Inaugural Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies
Office: 322A Calkins Hall
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Maria L. Fixell
Director, Hofstra in Venice
Study Abroad Program
107 Roosevelt Hall
Hempstead, NY 11549
(516) 463 4765
For more information on the minor in Italian studies or Italian American studies, please email:
Dr. Stanislao Pugliese
Professor of History
Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies
The program consists of the successful completion of 18 semester hours of required and elective courses listed below and six hours in residence. Substitutions for and additions to the courses on this list, (i.e., HIST 177/178) may be made with the approval of the Italian Studies Advisory Committee.
Visit the Hofstra Bulletin for a full listing of required courses and electives.
The Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professorship in Italian Studies and Italian American Studies
UNICO is the largest Italian American service organization in the United States. Queensboro UNICO, a private non-profit organization, is composed of individuals of Italian ancestry dedicated to preserving Italian heritage through various cultural programs. In an effort to preserve Italian American culture in a positive light, a group of Italian American businesspeople have joined forces with Hofstra University to create and endow in perpetuity the Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professorship in Italian Studies and Italian American Studies. The Distinguished Professorship was first held by Dr. Pellegrino D’Acierno. Hofstra History alumnus Dr. Stanislao Pugliese currently holds the position.
Queensboro UNICO has also endowed a scholarship for a Hofstra University student studying Italian, Italian studies or Italian American studies.
Association of Italian American Educators
Hofstra University is home to the Association of Italian American Educators, located in the Department of History, 321 New Academic Building, South Campus.
C.I.A.O. (Cultural Italian American Organization) is the student-run Italian club. Contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow them on Twitter at HofstraCIAO or visit hofstra.collegiatelink.net/organization/hofstraciao.
Italian American Experience Lecture Series
The Italian American Experience Lecture Series, presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center, began in 1996. The lectures, organized by Dr. Stanislao Pugliese, focus on a different cultural theme every fall and spring semester. The series is currently sponsored by AIAE (the Association of Italian American Educators) and the Long Island Regional Chapter of the Italian American Studies Association.
Click here for the current schedule.
Hofstra in Venice (January Session) The city of Venice is the uncompromising setting for a three-week interdisciplinary program offered in January. Join us as we celebrate this city’s artistic and historical richness and explore her timeless myths and paradoxes. Features of the study abroad program include:
- Two afternoons a week devoted to cultural tours around Venice.
- Two free weekends to enjoy travel to other cities such as Florence, Rome and Milan.
- Day boating excursion to Venice’s outer islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello.
- Exclusive hotel accommodations at the San Giorgio and Mercurio hotels.
Founded by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C.E., Sorrento is a town whose origins lie enshrouded between myth and history. Coveted for its location on the Gulf of Naples, breathtaking ocean vistas, and dramatic coastline, Sorrento eventually fell to the Romans who used it as an imperial playground and strategic vantage point. Features of the study abroad program include:
- Visits to Pompeii, Herculaneum, the volcano Vesuvius, the islands of Capri and Ischia, and the Amalfi coast.
- Classes at the Sorrento Lingue Centro Linguistico Internazionale, located in the heart of historic Sorrento in a former convent, the Istituto Sant’Anna. The school is steps from the dramatic coastline. For more information visit hofstra.edu/studyabroad or email Professor Gregory Pell at or Professor Lori Ultsch.