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Italian Studies Program

Italian Studies at Seton Hall offers an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the study of Italy and its culture. The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides a flexible and stimulating major in Italian, and two minors, in Italian Language and in Italian Studies. The Italian Studies Program also offers classes in History, Literature, and Art and Music, which are supported by an excellent collection of books in the Valente Collection of Walsh Library. Our program also runs Seton Hall in Rome, a study abroad program in the most beautiful city in the world.

We offer courses in Italian language, literature, history, civilization, cinema, theater, opera, and art history. Class sizes are small. Combined with other programs of study, these courses offer a broad and stimulating education which prepares today's students for a career in international business, diplomacy, commerce and teaching, while also providing an excellent preparation for graduate school. Recent graduates have found employment in education, tourism, fashion, international business, and some have gone on to the best law schools in the United States.

Seton Hall is home to the Alberto Italian Studies Institute which organizes cultural events devoted to the promotion of Italy and its culture. Movies, lectures, art shows and concerts complement our programs of study, and enrich and connect students, their families, and the community around us with the study of one of the world's most fascinating civilizations. Numerous scholarships are available for students studying Italian. Our program offers students minoring or majoring in Italian the opportunity to work in Italy immediately after graduation through a paid internship program.

Find out more! Contact the Italian Studies Advisor, Dr. Bénéteau at: or Dr. Romani at: to discuss your interest. Arrivederci!

Meet the Faculty

  • Dr. David P. Bénéteau, Director of Italian Studies and Professor of Italian, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Ph.D., Italian and Medieval Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1991.
  • Dr. William Connell, Distinguished Joseph and Geraldine LaMotta Chair of Italian Studies and Professor, Department of History.  Ph.D., History and Medieval Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1989.
  • Dr. Charlotte Nichols, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Music. Ph.D. New York Institute of Fine Arts, 1988.
  • Dr. Gabriella Romani, Director of the Alberto Italian Studies Institute and Professor of Italian, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Ph.D., Italian Literature, University of Pennsylvania, 2000.

Find out more!  Contact the Italian Studies Director, Dr. Bénéteau at (973) 275-2718,, or any one of us to discuss your interest and our enthusiasm for Italian Studies. Arrivederci!