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Hispanic and Italian Studies

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, near the city of Cuzco, in Perú

"El hombre en llamas", mural by José Clemente Orozco

"El hombre en llamas", mural by José Clemente Orozco

"El hombre en llamas" (Man on Fire, 1939), mural painting in Guadalajara, Mexico, by José Clemente Orozco

Mosque in Córdoba, Spain

Mosque in Córdoba, Spain

Moorish arches in the Mosque-Cathedral in Córdoba, Spain

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Gondola and bridge in a quaint channel in Venice, Italy.

Street musicians in Buenos Aires

Street musicians in Buenos Aires

Street musicians in the traditional neighborhood of San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Dante, Cervantes, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Dante, Cervantes, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Dante, by Agnolo Bronzino, c. 1530; Cervantes, possibly by Juan de Jáuregui, c. 1600; and Retrato de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. by Miguel Cabrea, 1750.

Welcome to Hispanic and Italian Studies

These are but some of the places and experiences that become accessible to you with a knowledge of Spanish and Italian language and culture.

Two cultures, one department

The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UVic is unique in Canada in its concentration on these two cultural disciplines and in the depth and breadth of expertise it offers in these two cultures.

The scholars in our department are of world-class standing and have specializations ranging from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to modern Peninsular Spanish and Latin American literature, theatre and cinema, and the mutual influence of Spanish and Italian culture in the Mediterranean area. The subjects of our courses and research ranges from Dante's Divine Comedy to the films of Almodóvar.

Interested?

Please see our Why study Spanish page or our Why study Italian page, or contact us.