College of Arts & Sciences

ItalyThe Italian Studies Program offers all Seton Hall students an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the language, history and culture of Italy. Defined as a nation in cultural terms long before it achieved political definition as a state, Italy has created with its literary and cultural achievements an exciting history that has spanned more than 2,500 years and several continents. The Italian Studies Program offers an excellent opportunity to study the effects of this history on a people whose experiences were crucial in shaping European culture, while also creating new communities and local cultures for themselves in America and around the world.

The Colosseum in RomeThe Italian Studies program capitalizes on Seton Hall’s unique resources.  The Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute coordinates initiatives throughout the university, organizes conferences and oversees the awarding of scholarships to students within Italian Studies.  A vibrant Italian Language and Literature program, housed in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, offers an array of courses in Italian (on campus and at Seton Hall in Rome).  The Joseph M. and Geraldine C. LaMotta Chair in Italian Studies sponsors a lecture series; the Valente Italian Library has an important book collection on the third floor of the Walsh Library; and the University Archives house detailed records from the historically important Italian American communities of New Jersey.


  • Dr. David P. Bénéteau, Director of Italian Studies and Associate Professor of Italian, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Ph.D., Italian and Medieval Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1991.
  • Dr. Frederick J. Booth, Director of Classical Studies, Associate Professor of Classics, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Ph.D., Classics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 1983.
  • Dr. Raymond Capra, Assistant Professor of Greek and Classical Studies, Department of Languates, Literatures and Cultures. Ph.D., Classics, Fordham University, 2010.
  • Dr. William Connell, Distinguished Joseph and Geraldine LaMotta Chair of Italian Studies and Professor, Department of History.  Ph.D., History and Medieval Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1989.
  • Dr. Ines A. Murzaku, Professor and Chair, Department of Catholic Studies. Ph.D., Pontifical Oriental Institute, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome 1995.
  • Dr. Charlotte Nichols, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Music.  Ph.D. New York Institute of Fine Arts, 1988.
  • Dr. Gabriella Romani, Director of the Alberto Italian Studies Institute and Associate Professor of Italian, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Ph.D., Italian Literature, University of Pennsylvania, 2000.
  • Dr. Robert Waters, Assistant Professor of Music History, Department of Communications and the Arts. Ph.D., Musicology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2002.

Find out more!  Contact the Italian Studies Director, Dr. Bénéteau at (973) 275-2718 (or by e-mail:, or any one of us to discuss your interest and our enthusiasm for Italian Studies. Arrivederci!

Contact Us

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
(973) 761-9464
Fahy Hall

Program Director

Dr. David P. Bénéteau
Fahy Hall, Room 219
(973) 275-2718

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