The Italian Studies section has been constituted in 2010, from the merger of the Department of Italian Studies and Performing Arts, part of the Department of Classical Philology and many scholars from the former Department of Glottology, Antropology and Musical Studies.
It has a long history dating back to the transformation of the Institutes into Departments: the Department of Italian had been among the first, after the 1980 University Reform (it was number 11), a rib, which soon became an independent section, of the glorious Modern Philology Institute, where great intellectuals such as Natalino Sapegno, Alfredo Schiaffini, Walter Binni, Giacomo Debenedetti taught.
As a result, Italian Studies courses were enhanced and the Doctorate in Italian Studies was established.
At the time of its foundation, the Italian Studies Department counted among his teachers: Walter Binni and Carlo Muscetta, Ignazio Baldelli, Luca Serianni, Mario Costanzo, Riccardo Scrivano, Gennaro Savarese, Achille Tartaro, Pino Fasano, Riccardo Merolla, Mario Petrucciani, Giuliano Manacorda, Walter Pedullà, Nino Borsellino, Alberto Asor Rosa, Amedeo Quondam, Biancamaria Frabotta, Francesca Bernardini, Rosanna Pettinelli, Gabriele Muresu, Armando Gnisci, Giorgio Patrizi, Novella Bellucci, Mirko Bevilacqua, Marcello Carlino, Silvana Cirillo, Francesco Muzzioli, Maurizio De Benedictis, Nicola Longo, Giulia Natali, etc. Shortly after other scolars coming from other Universities joined the Department: Mario Scotti, Franca Angelini, Giulio Ferroni.
With a deep reorganization of its scientific and educational strategies, in 1996 the Department of Italian became the Department of Italian Studies and Performing Arts, expanding its disciplinary field to studies of history of the theater, performing arts and film. In the following years, Beatrice Alfonzetti, Pasquale Stoppelli, Renzo Bragantini, and the younger scholars Italo Pantani, Roberto Gigliucci, Sivia Tatti, Franca Sinopoli become part of the Italian Studies Section.
This new structure gave birth to the first reform of the old system (which established the three years course and the double year course) for the Bachelor in Literature, Music and Performing Arts, that still joins the one in Italian Studies, now named Modern Italian Studies.
The current section, born from a reworking of scientific and cultural orientations and a different articulation of the very notion of "Italian Studies", includes scholars of Italian Linguistics, Philology Romance linguistics and Italian Literature.