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Major in Italian

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.

  • Faculty

    Simone Castaldi
    Assistant Professor of Italian
    319 Calkins Hall
    (516) 463-5488
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    Pellegrino D'Acierno
    Professor of Comparative Literature,
    Inaugural Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies
    Office: 322A Calkins Hall
    Phone: 516-463-6974
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    Michael D'Innocenzo
    Professor
    (516) 463-5606
    301B New Academic Building
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    Ilaria Marchesi
    Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature
    304 Calkins Hall
    516-463-6454
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    Stanislao Pugliese 
    Professor of History
    Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies
    (516) 463-5611
    307 New Academic Building
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    Gregory Pell
    Associate Professor of Italian
    (516) 463-5437
    310 Calkins Hall
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    Lori J. Ultsch
    Associate Professor of Italian
    (516) 463-4519
    310A 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
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    Mary Anne Trasciatti
    Associate Professor, Rhetoric
    408 NAB
    (516) 463-5427
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  • Contact Us

    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
    Email

  • Program Requirements

    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.

  • Academic Resources

    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 hofstraciao@gmail.com, 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.

    The Lecture Series current schedule.

  • Study Abroad

    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.

    For more information visit hofstra.edu/venice or email Professor Maria Fixell.

    Hofstra in Florence (Summer Session I)

    Become a citizen of the world in the heart of beautiful Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and, historically, Italy’s most famous city of art, commerce, music, architecture, literature, and food. Florence is the ideal place to enrich your studies, your life, and your resumé with the global literacy skills required of students in the 21st century, all while earning 6 Hofstra credits at a reduced rate! For more information please visit https://www.hofstra.edu/about/administration/provost/abroad/abroad-hclas-florence.html or email Professor Simone Castaldi

    • 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.