Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

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Study Abroad in Rome: Courses

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A minimum of 10 students must enroll for classes to be offered.


These 45-hour courses are taught at the Rome Global Education Center by highly-qualified local instructors. CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level is indicated along with course code.

Italian Language Courses

ITAL 101 – A1 (3) | Elementary Italian I

A thorough introduction to the Italian language for absolute beginners or students with little previous experience, the course teaches essential vocabulary and grammar and develops students’ ability to communicate in an authentic linguistic context.

ITAL 102 – A1/A2 (3) | Elementary Italian II

This course is designed for students with some knowledge of Italian. Starts with a review of basic grammar and vocabulary before progressing to more complex structures and functions. Conversation is a central part of every class, with opportunities for all students to practice listening and comprehension of authentic material as well oral and written production. They will also have a greater awareness of Italian culture and society.

ITAL 201 - A2/B1 (3) | Intermediate Italian I

In this course students develop their ability to communicate effectively and accurately, making use of expanded vocabulary. Students practice conversation and improve listening and oral production skills in an authentic Italian context. The course covers cultural elements of the Italian society and lifestyle. Reading and writing exercises improve skills in understanding prose and writing letters and messages with appropriate vocabulary.

ITAL 301 - B2 (3) | Intermediate Italian II

This course builds upon the abilities and knowledge acquired in Intermediate Italian I and develops them to enable students to understand and respond to complex lines of written and oral arguments. Students review complex grammar structures and work regularly on reading, composition, phonetics, syntax, and style assignments. Constant conversation practice enables them to communicate competently in Italian.

ITAL 401 – B2/C1 (3) | Advanced Italian

This course prepares students to use advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary, and enables them to interact with the Italian world at a sophisticated level. Students practice understanding of complex lectures and arguments, in both written and oral form. They are expected to become fluent and spontaneous in their verbal interaction, as well as capable of presenting an argument, orally and in writing.

Courses Taught in English

AHST 320 (3) | Roman Art and Civilization: from Antiquity to the Present

This course surveys the history of Roman civilization from antiquity to present times with special focus on Rome’s material cultural, artistic and architectural evidences. The Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, as well as the modern and the contemporary features of Roman art and civilization will be analyzed, also through frequent visits of churches, museums, and other places of artistic interest.

HIST 310 (3) | The Rise, Fall and Legacy of the Roman Empire

This course explores the entire history of Rome, from its legendary founding by Romulus and Remus, to the Republic period leading to the expansion of Rome throughout Italy and Europe, finally establishing the most powerful Empire of ancient times, eventually becoming Christian. From the rise of the roman civilization to its transformation and subsequent dissolution, the fall of the Roman Empire under the arrival of the Germans will be discussed with its opening towards the dark ages of the early medieval periods. Major archaeological sites in Rome will be visited and will host lectures and discussions. The course will cover topics such as the evolution of Rome and its architectural as well as political structures, the causes of the rise and fall of the Republic, Augustus as the first Roman emperor, the conquests of the Romans and the peculiarities of Roman civilization, religion in Rome, the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire and the cultural and material legacy of Rome.

HIST/POLI/SOCI 330 (3) | Italian Mafias: History and Evolutions

This course examines the multifaceted world of the Italian Mafias from the historical, social, cultural, criminological and political points of view, between the period of the Italian unification and today. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the relationships between the Italian and the American Mafias, the connections between Mafia and politics in Italy, personal relationships in the context of the mafious organizations.

PSYC 310 (3) | Cross Cultural Psychology

The course explores human behaviour from the social point of view and in a cross-cultural perspective, both in theory and in practice. The focus will be on Italy and the Italians. This course in cross-cultural psychology, through elements of sociology, ecology, anthropology, biology, sociology, gives students the opportunity to discuss the shaping and deployment of human attitudes, behavior, values, communication process and social organization. Specific attention will be devoted to issues such as the individual vs. the social, mental health and cross-cultural communication. Students will engage in field research, conducting interviews on topics related to their own study abroad experience while visiting various locations in Rome and Italy. The research as a practical tool of the course, and the course itself, aim at providing students with the opportunity to apply methodologies of inquiry focusing at studying how relationships and behaviour in cross-cultural contexts take shape.

SOCI 325 (3) | Italian Culture: Facts, Customs and Traditions

This course develops an understanding of contemporary Italian culture and style, also touching the role of religion, politics, as well as the fashion industry. A variety of approaches from other disciplines, such as social and cultural anthropology as well as micro-economy will help analyze the topics at the core of the course. Italian society will be analyzed in all of its major components in order to see how a specific type of Italian style has been emerging in contemporary times. The shaping of a specifically Italian cultural identity will be examined and discussed. Visits to major Roman sites are an integral part of the course.

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