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Italian, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #45 (BCR) Columbus, OH, United States
The Department offers a doctoral program in Italian Studies that gives students an opportunity to achieve a high level of scholarly competence and to develop the capacity to contribute original knowledge to the field. 
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We are committed to the interdisciplinary study of Italian literature, film and culture, and our faculty has a great depth and breadth of expertise, particularly in medieval and Renaissance culture and literature, linguistics, modern and contemporary literature, and film studies.

The Ph.D. in Italian Studies builds on linguistic, literary, film and cultural studies to support a selection of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies. The program provides an intellectually rigorous and focused but flexible set of core courses that prepare students for the pursuit of more specific individual research interests. In addition to their specialization in literature, culture or film studies, students will have a minor field and complete a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization or a Graduate Minor related to either their major or minor field (students may petition to create their own minor provided that the desired Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization or a Graduate Minor does not exist at OSU). They will also receive preparation in foreign language pedagogy and the history and structures of the Italian language, establish coordinated theoretical grounding in one or more disciplines, and achieve proficiency in two professionally relevant languages in addition to Italian and English.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The city of Rome: Ancient and modern
  • The Roman empire
  • Roman and Italian philosophy
  • Lyric poetry
  • Palaeography
  • Italia
  • Religious studies
  • Wars of empire
  • Modern and contemporary Italian architecture
  • Mafia studies
  • Modern and contemporary Italian literature
  • Post-war cinema
  • Folklore studies
  • Food culture
  • Feminist criticism, queer theory, and gender studies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Submit documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of the following:

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Prerequisite training that will enable you to pursue your program
  • Standardized test score (GRE or GMAT)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38181 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38181 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    34929 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34929 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    12425 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12425 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Columbus

  • 940 - 1520 USD/month
    Living Costs

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