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Guide to the Department's Degree Courses

The backbone of the research and teaching activities carried out by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures are the subjects of literature, linguistics, philology and foreign languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, English, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish). These are flanked by the areas of Italian studies, history and geography, as well as other subjects that are essential to the characterisation of the four active curricula: these include art, economics, anthropology and sociology.

The presence of all these various subjects guarantees an education articulated in different levels of specialisation and combines strong language skills and a firm cultural background with the skills necessary to respond to the constantly changing needs of the social, productive and economic environment in which our graduates will work. 

In addition to a three-year Bachelor's Degree programme in Foreign Languages and Literatures (LLSM), the Department offers five two-year Master's Degree programmes, in Intercultural Studies in Languages and Literatures (ISLLI), in Modern Languages for International Communication and Cooperation (LMCCI), the internationalised degree courses in Planning and Management of Tourism Systems (PMTS) and Text Sciences and Culture Enhancement in the Digital Age, along with the interdepartmental Master's Degree programme in Geography and Urban Studies. All Master's Degree Courses lead to a double degree in agreement with foreign universities (University of Bochum, Germany; Farleigh Dickinson University, USA; Université Lumière Lyon 2, France). 

The range of courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures also covers the third cycle of education. with reference to the PhDs in Transcultural Humanities and Language Sciences,  in which numerous lecturers from our Department participate and collaborate. The PhDs make use of international collaborations with doctoral programmes in co-tutorship with foreign universities. The exchange opportunities for lecturers and doctoral students have been strengthened in recent years by participation in the activities of the PhD Network 'Literature and Cultural Studies', which is linked to the Universities of Giessen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Lisbon. 

All of the Department's scientific research areas and all of its teaching courses are inspired by the principles of interdisciplinarity and internationalisation, cornerstones that have enabled the development of a rich, articulated and appealing educational offer, multiplying the effectiveness of a research that today holds a strong dialogue with international contexts and is capable of intercepting projects expressed both in the strictly academic sphere and in those related to the world of local companies and institutions.

This configuration has also demonstrated the Department’s strong ability to express excellence at the various levels of research, with outstanding RQA results, both on a disciplinary level and overall. Evidence of this is the recognition of the Department as a Department of Excellence in 2017 by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, which sees it particularly engaged in activities related to the areas of Translation Studies and Digital Humanities.