Program Category: PhD Programs
Chair: Jo Ann Cavallo
Director of Graduate Studies: Elizabeth Leake
Email Address: [email protected]
Degree Programs: Full-Time: MA, MPhil, PhD
Drawing on a distinguished history initiated in 1825 by Lorenzo Da Ponte, celebrated librettist of Mozart's operas and first teacher of Italian at Columbia University, the department is known for providing broad coverage of Italian literature and boasts a faculty that represents a diverse spectrum of interests and critical approaches. In addition, students are able to take advantage of the rich cultural and scholarly programs sponsored by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. The Paterno collection, housed in Butler Library, is a unique resource for the study of Italian literature.
In the MA year, students take ten courses. Students proceeding to the MPhil/PhD program take eight more courses, which can include courses in other departments and programs. Latin, as well as German, or a Romance language other than Italian, is required of all PhD candidates in Italian.
Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship.
Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society
The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) awards a certificate in Comparative Literature and Society. For more information, see the ICLS website.
Special Admissions Requirements
In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, a personal statement, and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.
- Deadline for Fall Admission:
- Thursday, January 4, 2024
- Resume Requirement:
- Writing Sample:
- Yes; 10-15 pages
- GRE General:
- GRE Subject:
- Degree Program:
- Full Time
- Letters of Recommendation*:
*GSAS will accept up to four recommendations, regardless of the number required by your program of interest. However, to be eligible for admission at GSAS, at least TWO letters must be submitted by academic recommenders.