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Department of French and Italian
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4206 Phelps Hall, (805) 893-3111

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5206 Phelps Hall, (805) 893-3571

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9:00am-11:30am, 1:30pm-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.

In 2018, Zippia (a career and recruiting website) named UCSB #5 in their top ten list of colleges in California for Romance languages and linguistics, based on mean career earnings for graduates, percentage of graduating class that were Romance language and linguistics majors, and university admissions and cost. More information can be found here.

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.

We 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.


Jean Marie Schultz, Chair

Career Opportunities

The Department of French and Italian, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, and the Comparative Literature Program are seeking candidates to fill a position of Assistant Professor in translation studies and translation theory, with additional expertise or a degree in comparative literature or the digital humanities. 

Assistant Professor in European Translation Studies


A Conversation with Poet Jean-Michel Maulpoix

28 mai 2018, 9:30-10:45, Buchanan 1930

La poésie française d'aujourd'hui

Conversation video via Skype avec la poète Jean-Michel Maulpoix, poète et professeur des Universités à l'Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle. Présenté et animé par Dr. Hassan Almohammed. Venez nombreux!

Maud Maillard and Renan Larue, of the French and Italian Department, are hosting Neal Barnard, M.D., on Thursday, May 4th for a special lecture and Q-and-A. Neal Barnard is President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Kathy Freston, best-selling author of Veganist, will also feature as a special guest presenter. The event is part of UC Santa Barbara’s Vegan Studies program.

Participants are invited to stay after the lecture for a complimentary vegan buffet dinner. Copies of Dr. Barnard's new book, The Cheese Trap, will be available for purchase. The lecture will be held in 1104 Harold Frank Hall, from 6-7:30pm. Space is limited; so reserve your spot now by signing up at:



Tobin $2000 undergraduate travel grant to study in France.  

  • FR 154I - Literature and Economics: French Theory & Fiction (1802-2018)
The French program is offering two brand new courses for winter:
FR 151I - Bioethics in France and the Francosphere [taught in French] - Renan Larue
FR 154I - Literature and Economics: French Theory and Fiction (1802-2018) [taught in English, fulfills Areas E and G] - Rebecca Powers
Attention French majors and minors!
By petition, the following winter course may be applied to your requirements as a course taught in English:
Comparative Literature 186PL: Introduction to the Philosophy of Literature
Pierre Fasula, Postdoctoral Scholar & Lecturer, International Center for the Humanities and Social Change, UCSB
Winter 2018 - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00-6:15pm - HSSB 4065
This course provides an introduction to the 20th century French tradition in philosophy of literature and consists of a historical survey of its major figures.

Applications are open for the 2018-19 Ronald W. Tobin Scholarship for Study and Travel in France. French majors and minors are encouraged to apply to win a $2000 undergraduate travel grant to study in France.

 Prof. Enders' second volume of translated medieval farces is out now. 


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

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