Italian & French Studies


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Bruno Tremblay
Associate Professor
519-884-8111 x 28248


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Welcome to the Department of Italian & French Studies



Our Italian and French Studies department offers award-winning teaching and one-on-one mentoring. We are dedicated to helping our students learn a second (or third!) language, and to introducing them to the richness of Italian and Francophone cultures.


Our Italian courses, which include beginner and intermediate level language courses, and an appealing array of literature and culture courses taught in English, may be taken either as electives or towards earning an Italian Studies Minor.


Our French students may pursue any of the major or minor programs offered by the University of Waterloo, and may be eligible for opportunities to study in Quebec (Chicoutimi)) or France.


Students who have earned, or plan to earn, two consecutive language credits --  for example ITAL101 and 102, or FR192A and 192B -- may consider pursuing the Global Experience program.


Course Sequencing
Language students must be careful to take courses in order. It is not permitted to ‘backtrack’ and take courses out of sequence. For example, ITAL 101 may NOT be taken after ITAL102, and FR192B may NOT be taken after FR251. 
If you are unsure what level of course is appropriate for you, please contact us for more information. Grazie & Merci! 

In the News

Diploma in Italian Language

Consider our NEW Diploma in Italian Language, open to all full-time degree students interested in earning an attestation of Italian language competency. Requirements: completion of four ITALIAN courses with a minimum average of 70%. Begin working toward the Diploma in Italian Language now by enrolling in ITAL101 or ITAL102. Buon lavoro!


Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto Supports SJU Italian Courses
Online Italian courses at St. Jerome’s University (SJU) received an almost $9,200 CAD financial boost this year from the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto. Find out more in our LATEST NEWS story.



2023 Academic Achievement Awards

Congratulations to 2023 graduate Payton Wentzlaff for achieving the highest academic achievement in the department of Italian & French Studies.

2023 Gabriel Niccoli Italian Culture Award

The Gabriel Niccoli Italian Culture Award was created in honour of Professor Emeritus Gabriel Niccoli, long-time department Chair and recipient of the University of  Waterloo's Distinguished Teacher Award, and is a cash award which recognizes academic excellence in the study of Italian culture.


Congratulations to Nadia Formisano who is the 2023 recipient of this award.

Upcoming Events

Giorgia Meloni: Populism and Femonationalism, Italian Style
March 29, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. | Online
Registration in advance required.


The St. Jerome's University Department of Italian and French Studies is pleased to host an online lecture featuring Professor Ruth Glynn, a reader in modern Italian culture at the University of Bristol, UK. Glynn will be presenting “Giorgia Meloni: Populism and Femonationalism, Italian Style” on March 29th at 1:00 p.m. EST. 


Glynn's research focuses on modern and contemporary Italian culture, and ranges across critical thought, collective memory dynamics and issues of gender. A monograph on Naples and the role it plays in the Italian cultural imaginary of the Second Republic is nearing completion. Previous research addressed Italy’s experience of political violence in the 1970s, focusing on gender, trauma and the cultural construction of terrorist and victim. Key publications include Women, Terrorism, and Trauma in Italian Culture (2013), and the co-edited volumes Terrorism, Italian Style (2012) and Remembering Aldo Moro (2012). 


All are welcome to join us for this online talk. Registration in advance is required by emailing SJU Assistant Professor, Roberta Cauchi-Santoro -


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