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Italian Studies at York offers an exciting learning experience in the areas of Italian language, literature, linguistics and culture, both on campus and abroad. Students may pursue various degree types, Italian language Certificates of Proficiency or add individual Italian Studies courses into other degree programs as electives.

The curriculum includes 3.0 and 6.0 credit courses in Italian language (beginner, intermediate, advanced); Italian literature (general introduction, specific periods, genres and authors); Italian linguistics (introductory notions; history of the Italian language; dialectology; special topics); Italian culture (introductory aspects; modern culture; media; cinema; opera) and Italian-Canadian studies. We also offer 9.0 credit foundations courses on Italian culture, Italian cinema and Italians in North America. Courses are offered in Italian and English.

Students may integrate a study abroad component either through the Summer Program in Italy (in Bologna, Florence and Rome) or the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA). This major gives students the opportunity of spending one or two semesters at a York partner university in Italy. Financial assistance is available for such opportunities.

For more information, please contact our Program Coordinator, Dr. Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano at or 416-736-2100 x88740.

Italian Studies enriches your life. We look forward to meeting you in our courses.

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  • Italian Studies presents lecture on BREAD by Dr. Gaia Massai.

    Date: Monday January 18, 2016
    Time: 11:30 am
    Location: ACCOLADE EAST 001

    Bread is undoubtedly the Italian staple food and a key component of the Mediterranean diet. From the discovery of leavening to the countless Italian regional variations, bread has always been considered much more than mere food. Besides its philosophical and religious meaning, bread has been a symbol of hierarchy in the society and often determined the alternation of periods of tranquility to others of social unrest. What's behind bread? Is bread good or bad for our health? During the lecture you will learn about some general misconceptions related to bread and how to choose and consume it...the Italian way.

    Dr. Gaia Massai is the manager of the Fattoria di San Quintino, her family's winery and olive oil producer, in Tuscany and has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Florence. She is also the founder of Gaia's Plate, a food import company through which she imports directly her family's olive oil. Gaia moved to Toronto in 2008 and is a frequent lecturer on Italian culture through food and wine. (

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