The Graduate Department of Italian Studies offers instruction leading to two degrees: Master of Arts (M.A.) (one-year program); Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., four-year program). The M.A. program consists of 4.5 graduate courses and does not include a thesis option. M.A. and Ph.D. students may also register in the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, and Sexual Diversity Studies; while the Specialization in the Editing of Ancient and Medieval Texts is an additional collaborative program option for Ph.D. students. The Ph.D. program includes courses, general examinations, and a thesis.
Programs in Italian were announced in the calendar of Upper Canada Academy (the forerunner of Victoria College, University of Toronto) in 1840 and were then formally introduced at the University of Toronto in 1853. In 1929 the first M.A. in Italian Studies was awarded and in 1932 the first Ph.D. for a thesis on the Italian Theatre of the Renaissance. The first person to earn both graduate degrees was Beatrice M. Corrigan, who became a renowned scholar and a professor in the Department.
The Master of Arts program offers advanced education in all areas of Italian literature and provides training in research techniques.
The Doctor of Philosophy program prepares students for a career in teaching and scholarship. Graduates are expected to have acquired autonomy in conducting research, preparing scholarly publications, teaching undergraduate courses in all areas of Italian studies, and in designing and teaching graduate courses in their fields of specialization. The program is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the discipline, specialized knowledge of a single field, and training in all aspects of scholarly research in the discipline.
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