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Department of French and Italian
Faculty located on the 5th Floor Phelps Hall

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4206 Phelps Hall, (805) 893-3111

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5206 Phelps Hall, (805) 893-3398

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9:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm


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About Us

Welcome to the Department of French and Italian at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where faculty and students specialize in the oral, written and visual cultures of France, Italy, and the Francophone world.

Our faculty, comprised of 10 professors, one senior lecturer in French and 5 lecturers in Italian, is deeply committed to both research and teaching. Recognized nationally and internationally, faculty in our Department focus on three chief areas of study: French and Francophone literature and culture, ranging from medieval fiction, poetry and drama to contemporary literature, literary theory and intellectual history; French language and linguistics, including language pedagogy and second-language acquisition; and Italian language, literature and culture from Dante to the contemporary media.

We provide our students with extensive training in French and Italian language and culture, literary history, theory and criticism. As a part of the College of Letters and Science, our faculty is dedicated to interdisciplinary work and has close affiliations with other departments and programs, such as Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Theater and Dance, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, Global Studies and Feminist Studies.

Our Department offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts in French and in Italian Studies. We also support the Doctorate and the Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, through a new specialization called "French in Comparative Literature." Doctoral students may also declare a special emphasis in Applied Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Translation Studies, and/or Feminist Studies. Our web pages will guide you to the requirements as well as to the goals and objectives of our various degrees.

With the goal of a global education in mind, our Department strongly encourages study abroad in Italy or in a French-speaking country with any UC-approved program or with the many UC-affiliated programs in Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Bologna, Milan, Rome, and Florence. Click here to learn more about the Education Abroad Program in France and Italy.

I invite you to navigate our website, which will give you a detailed picture of our Department as you learn more about our research, courses, undergraduate and graduate programs, and contact information.

Eric Prieto, Chair

Eric Prieto, Chair


“Writing the Individual Differently”:  Montaigne’s Essais vs Ronsard’s Discours” 

Beginning Winter quarter 2015, The UCSB French program will be offering a series in Business French, Fr 104E-F. Students who take both courses will be prepared to take the exam for the Diplôme de français professionnel B2, which is offered annually by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (CCIP). More details inside...

Starting Winter quarter 2015, the Italian Department will offer a two-class sequence (ITA16A and...

French Conversation Club meets every other Tuesday from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. in the UCEN lobby, starting 10/14. French Cinéma Club meets every other Tuesday in Buchanan 1920 at 7 p.m. for film screenings, starting 10/21. Full schedule inside.

You are invited to the conference, all events and reception of "On the Beach",  co-sponsored by the English Department's Concentration in Literature and the Mind and the BABEL Working Group.

Department of French and Italian
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4140

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