News and Events

Pick a Practical Major, Like French

Studying French "revolves around a skill that has a great chance to be invaluable in the coming half-century: the ability to communicate in one of the fastest-growing languages in the world" writes New York Magazine.

Italian Film Night presents 'Fairytale'

Join the Italian Program at UC Davis and C.I.A.O. (Club Italiano Americano Organizzato) for the Fall 2022 Italian Film Night on Tuesday, November 8 at 6:15 pm in 1002 Cruess Hall.

Fall 2022 Advising!

Your Undergrad Advising team is excited to see you, whether in person or via remote appointments

Congratulations Kelly Kagawa

Kelly Kagawa, graduating senior in French, has been awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research/Dean Keith Simonton Prize for her research/creative work.

Winter Quarter Italian Conversation Hour

Join students of Italian every other Friday for chats in Italian. All levels of Italian are welcome! The Italian Conversation Hour is hosted by one of the departments' tutors, Arianna, and it takes place on January 22, February 5, February 19, and March 5 at 3:00pm PST on Zoom.

Guest Lecture by Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu

On Friday February 19th at 1:00pm PST, C.I.A.O. will be hosting a guest speaker event where each of you will have the chance to meet filmmaker Fred Kuwornu. Email the C.I.A.O. President Maria Quilici for the Zoom link ( or for any questions.

Winter Quarter Film Night

On Tuesday February 16th at 6:30 pm PST, C.I.A.O. (Club Italiano American Organizzato) will be showing the film, Blaxploitalian: 100 years of Blackness in Italian Cinema by filmmaker Fred Kuwornu. Email the C.I.A.O. President Maria Quilici for the Zoom link ( or for any questions.

Welcome to Fall to Current and New Students

Welcome to Fall to Current and New Students

Welcome, to all new incoming and returning students, we’re excited for another great academic year with you. Please stop in via our zoom links for drop in advising or make an appointment through, to see your Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

Teaching English Abroad

Are you considering teaching English abroad after graduation? Did you know that there are private and government sponsored programs that hire English teachers? Teaching English abroad offers opportunities to gain work experience in another country, build your professional network, and engage with local communities in a meaningful way. You will help your students learn and grow, all while living abroad and immersing yourself in the local culture. Hear from UC Davis alumni who taught English in Europe and Asia, and learn about their experiences, including program selection, application process, finances, and career advancement.

Black Lives Matter

The Department of French & Italian condemns racial injustice and police brutality in all forms, and stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and antiracist protest movements throughout the world. Racist policing and white supremacy are international problems with a long history, and are inextricably bound up with the legacy of European settler colonialism (including French and Italian colonialism specifically) and the slave trade. Read more...

Italian Alumna Greta Anders wins Award

Greta Anders, who graduated in June with a triple major in Italian, Anthropology, and Linguistics and received the Outstanding Senior Award in Italian and the Italian Departmental Citation, won the 2019 American Association of Teachers of Italian College Essay Prize