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The Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures   fosters research and teaching in modern and classical European languages, literatures, and cultures at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in native languages and in translation.

The Department prepares students for professional training, graduate study, and for a global market in which knowledge of other languages and cultures is increasingly essential.

The Department offers programs in Classical Civilization, European Studies, French, German, Italian, Italian American, Medieval Studies, and Russian Studies.

Why Study European Cultures and Languages?

People walkingThere are many motivations to learn a new language. It might be an interest in international travel and a desire to connect with the culture of the country on a deeper level, or it might be to improve their career prospects and employability.

In an increasingly competitive and international job market, European languages are increasingly valuable to employers. From an employer's perspective, to build and deliver sustainable growth in the world of international business, multilingual graduates are a key asset to capitalise on opportunities for growth in overseas markets. (adapted from   The March 5, 2015)

In the Spotlight

Global StudiesWhile you complete your MA in Romance Languages or your MAT in French, Italian or Spanish, you can also work towards the new

“Competence in Globalization Focus,”

a graduate credential which is issued by the program in Globalization Studies and International Relations (GLI).

Click here for information on how to earn that credential: Competence in Globalization Credential

Center for Italian Studies



Since its establishment in 1985, the Center for Italian Studies has become an integral part of the Italian and Italian-American community on Long Island. Its mission is multifaceted:


  • First, to stimulate interdisciplinary research by the local academic community on issues that encourage a better understanding of Italy and of Italian Americans;
  • Second, to become a national and international focus for Italian and Italian American affairs;
  • Third, to promote a better understanding of Italy and of Italian Americans by bringing the latest scholarly findings on Italy and Italian Americans to the general public as well as by organizing cultural activities of general interest.

Through its active calendar of events and activities, the Center strives to be a gathering place for people with a variety of interests to meet and discuss new ideas and to share ongoing interests.

The Center for Italian Studies takes pride in its efforts to focus both on scholarly endeavors as well as cultural enrichment for Stony Brook University and the Long Island community.


The Center for Italian Studies                                                   at Stony Brook University
Melville Library, Fourth Floor,  E4340 
Stony Brook, NY 11794

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