Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Courses - January Term 2018

Rome Courses

Credit hours are in parentheses. Choose one of the courses below. With the exception of Elementary Italian I, all courses are taught in English. Classes are taught Monday through Friday for a total of 45 hours. A minimum enrollment of 10 is required to confirm a course.


AVC 5840 (3 credits) | Art and Culture in Rome: 800 BC - 2000 AD

This course examines the history and society of Rome and its architectural and artistic expression as it developed over a period of 3000 years. Students study key examples of architecture, monuments and art from Classical Rome through to the Renaissance, Baroque and the modern period. Much of the course is taught on site with visits to churches, palaces and museums.

Class visits may include Largo Argentina and the Pantheon, Colosseum and Forums, Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo and Piazza Augusto Imperatore.

ITL 3831 (3 credits) | Elementary Italian I (A1 CEFR)

Designed for students who have never taken any Italian language course before and are not familiar with any other foreign language. Students build an essential vocabulary and assimilate basic grammar and sentence structures. Instruction is based on listening, grammar and comprehension exercises, repetition and easy conversation.

RLG 5810 (3 credits) | Comparative World Religions

This course explores the monotheistic religions of the Near East (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), those of India and the Far East (Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism) and the “new-age” faiths. The history and practice of each is studied. Special emphasis is laid on the philosophical and psychological basis of each religion and common themes such as “the self”, suffering free will and ethics. Primary and secondary sources are studied along with an examination of methodology in comparative religion. Guest speakers and class visits form an integral part of the course.

SCL 5855 (3 credits) | Culture and Style in Italy

This course is recommended for students with an interest in contemporary Italian culture and style. The course focuses on aspects of post-war Italian culture including cuisine, fashion, religious beliefs and the persistence of superstition. Lectures cover topics such as the role of women, food and wine as cultural traditions, the effect of social change and culture and style. Lectures are supported by field visits, food and wine tasting sessions and audio-visual materials.

Class visits may include the historical urban Testaccio market to see, smell and savor the fresh, locally produced meat and vegetables that define Italian/Roman cuisine; Eataly (a high-end chain of Italian food markets) to understand the evolution from traditional to modern ways of food consumption; the organic farm in Martignano; the Italian Parliament and Alta Roma, the fashion agency that promotes the Made- in-Italy products and artisanal values that have made Rome famous throughout the world.