Faculty and Staff List

S. Bancheri, B.A., M.A., Ph.D
S Casini , B.A, M.A., Ph.D
M. Lettieri, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
T. Lobalsamo, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Language Studies
Emmanuel Nikiema
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4110

Program Co-ordinator - Italian Studies
Professor Teresa Lobalsamo
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4164

Academic Advisor and Undergraduate Program Administrator
Rosa Ciantar
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4186


The Italian program at U of T Mississauga is designed to provide a comprehensive study of the many facets of Italy, a country whose culture continues to be a significant force in the shaping of Western civilization. Literature and cinema courses are organized around major figures, movements or genres, as well as Italian life and civilization. Language is studied from all points of view -- practical, stylistic, philological and historical -- at all levels of instruction.

In Canada, the strong presence of large Italian communities provides a social, intellectual and practical incentive for the study of Italian.

Students are free to design for themselves the program of study best suited to their interests and needs, and they can choose from available courses at U of T Mississauga and at the St. George campus. There are conditions, however, which must be satisfied:

  1. for specialization in Italian alone or in Language Teaching and Learning;
  2. for a major in Italian alone or Italian and French;
  3. for a major in Language Teaching and Learning in Italian alone or Italian and French;
  4. for a minor in Italian alone or in Cinema Studies;
  5. for a specialist in International Affairs, which requires a language component.

Knowledge of another language and culture is regarded favourably by other disciplines (i.e. Art History, Art and Art History) and is frequently required for graduate-level studies.

Graduates in Italian are in demand and will continue to be. U of T Mississauga's Italian graduates have moved on to advanced studies and to careers in business, journalism, teaching, translation, transportation, foreign affairs, government, social services, trade, law, and other fields where skills in Italian are a necessity.

In case of uncertainty with regard to the program of study, course content, graduate studies requirements, or any related matter, students are strongly advised to consult the Program Advisor for Italian at U of T Mississauga.

Courses offered every year: ITA100Y5, ITA200Y5, ITA350H5

Study in Florence Program
The Study in Florence program is an intensive language and cultural experience that allows students to study in Florence, Italy while simultaneously obtaining up to 3.0 University of Toronto Mississauga credits. Classes are taught in tandem by faculty from the Department of Language Studies, U of T Mississauga, and the Accademia Fiorentina di Lingua e Cultura Italiana. This unique opportunity also includes:

  • an experiential learning component which further enhances cultural competency and adds context to one's studies
  • a communication agreement, wherein students commit to speaking exclusively in Italian for the duration of the program

For further information regarding the program and how to apply, please see

Enrolling in Italian courses outside of UTM
Students MUST consult with the department Undergraduate Counsellor or obtain approval from the Italian Studies Undergraduate Coordinator before enrolling in any course that they wish to use for credit toward any Italian Studies program at UTM. Requests must be made prior to the first day of classes. Students must provide descriptions or outlines of the courses in consideration.

Students should also review the Degree Requirements section prior to selecting courses