Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Study Abroad in Rome: Courses

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Italian language course levels are determined by placement tests to ensure the appropriate level. Since language demands are challenging, students may be placed in a level lower than requested. Students are advised to gain pre-approval for several levels of Italian from their home institution in order to ensure that they receive credit for the level they are placed into after the placement test. A minimum enrollment of 10 is required to confirm a course. Semester credits are shown in parentheses.

Please note that not all courses listed will run, in order for a course to be offered there must be enough interest generated from the preliminary course forms.

Online Registration - Very Important!

Students must register for all classes online at:

Registration week is: June 6-13, 2016 (fall semester), November 7-14, 2016 (spring semester)

2-Week Language and Culture Preparation Program in Florence

Courses Taught in Florence

ITL 107 (2) (A1) | Elementary Italian I - Florence

Designed for students who have never taken any Italian language course before. 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.

ITL 108 (2) (A2) | Elementary Italian II - Florence

This is a preparatory course to the intermediate level, designed for students who have already had one or two semesters of Italian. Although the course starts with basic grammar structures of the language, the pace is faster than Italian 103. Conversation is a central part of every lesson. Admission is based on testing in Italian.

ITL 207 (2) (B1) | Intermediate Italian I - Florence

Students will develop the ability to communicate in Italian correctly and with expanded vocabulary. Conversational practice, including improved listening and interpreting skills, will encourage students to better understand and respond to normal Italian speech. Exercises in reading and writing will improve skills in understanding prose and in writing letters and simple messages. Admission is based on a placement test in Italian. Prerequisite: 3 or 4 semesters of Italian.

ITL 208 (2) (B2) | Intermediate Italian II - Florence

Reviews complex grammar structures and provides students with exercises in reading, composition, phonetics, syntax and style. Continued practice in conversation will provide students with increased capability to communicate competently in Italian. Admission is based on testing in Italian. Prerequisite: 4 or 5 semesters of Italian.

ARH 273 (1) | Introduction to Italian Art

Designed to introduce the student to the history of several periods, this course traces developments in Italian painting and sculpture leading up to the Renaissance and Baroque. It is taught during the field study visits to Venice, Florence, Siena, Rome, Naples and Palermo. A field project paper is required.

Semester Courses - taught in Rome

With the exception of Italian (which is required), courses are taught in English, Monday through Thursday plus some Fridays. New courses may be offered. Please note that not all courses listed will run, in order for a course to be offered there must be enough interest generated from the preliminary course forms.

Italian Language

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level is indicated in parenthesis.

Conversation is a central part of every lesson. In Rome students may choose between the Basic Spoken Italian (1 credit) or the continuation of the Italian course taken in Florence (4 credits).

Italian Language

ITL 105 (1) (A1) | Basic Italian

This “survival” course is aimed at reinforcing the use of the structures acquired during the 2-week Language Preparation and Cultural Orientation Program. Meets 2.5 hours per week and gives students a basic vocabulary to deal with authentic everyday situations.

ITL 112 (4) (A2) | Elementary Italian II

Designed for students with one or two semesters of Italian. Although the course starts with basic grammar structures, it moves faster than Elementary Italian I. Meets 5 hours per week. Conversation is a central part of every lesson.

ITL 211 (4) (B1) | Intermediate Italian I

This continuation of Italian 104 in the Language Preparation and Cultural Orientation Program meets 5 hours per week. Students reach a solid level of linguistic competence. Prerequisite: ITL 112 or equivalent.

ITL 212 (4) (B2) | Intermediate Italian II

This continuation of Italian 203 in the Language Preparation and Cultural Orientation Program meets 5 hours per week. Use of the language is perfected and a solid level of expression is attained through the choice of the most appropriate vocabulary and the use of complex tenses. Prerequisite: ITL 211 or equivalent.

ITL 303 (3) (B2-C1) | Advanced Italian

With a focus on reviewing complex syntactic structures this course will provide exercises in use of synonyms and idiomatic expressions. Students will analyze readings from contemporary authors, including samples of fiction and articles from newspapers and magazines. Admission is based on a placement test in Italian. Prerequisite: ITL 212 or 5 to 6 semesters of Italian.

Courses taught in English

Please note that for students wishing to take courses requiring a Richmond University pre-requisite course which is not offered on the Richmond in Rome program, alternative courses equilvalent to the pre-requisites will be taken into consideration.


ADM 308 (3) | Italian Sketchbook

This course focuses on three key areas (i) figure drawing: the study of figure and form, the human body, its range of movement and its importance in perceptions of art and nature; famous Renaissance sculptures are often the focus for the student, who is encouraged to work in a variety of media; (ii) structure and object: the world of visual analysis and technique. Exteriors and interiors of buildings provide examples for understanding perspective, planning and implementation, as well as line, form, shape, space, value and texture; (iii) landscape drawing: the city of Rome and its landscape as the basis for understanding aerial and linear perspective. Students experiment with lead, charcoal, color pencil, pen and ink. During the week, students will spend one day working indoors from still life and photos, and two days working outside from life. There is a course fee for materials for this course.

ADM 341 (3) | Photography for the Media

Recommended for Communications and Journalism majors as well as photographers, this course develops knowledge and experience in photojournalism and documentary photography by studying the work of major practitioners and designing and shooting projects using digital equipment. Students are required to produce a number of documentary style projects and need to provide a DSRL (digital reflex) camera and a laptop (with any basic photo editing software). There will be a lab fee of $50.00 to cover the museum entrance fee, printing, processing and developing which is to be paid in full to the instructor by the first week of the course.


ARH 305 (3) | Introduction to Renaissance and Baroque Art in Rome

This introductory course surveys the development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy from the fourteenth through the mid-seventeenth centuries. These four centuries mark the passage from the Middle Ages to Modernity, through the rediscovery of the heritage of the Classics, the transformation of Christian Europe that followed Luther’s Reformation and the passage from feudalism to absolutism. The course focuses on Rome and offers the unique possibility of studying on site the masterpieces of great artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini. Much of the course is taught on site. Prerequisites: ARH 3100 Foundations of Art Across Cultures or HST 3100 World Cultural History I or HST 3105 World Cultural History 2.

ARH 308 spring only (3) | Art and Culture in Rome: 800 BC - 2000 AD

This course gives an overview of the history and society of Rome and of its architectural and artistic expression as it developed over a period of 3000 years. Much of the course is taught on site with visits to churches, palaces and museums. Students will study the Colosseum and the Pantheon of Roman times, and key works of the Renaissance and Baroque: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and the Dome of Saint Peter’s, the fountains and sculptures of Bernini, and the great paintings of Caravaggio. The Eternal city was chosen as capital of Italy after Italian Unity in 1871; it was reshaped by Mussolini and, in recent times, has undergone restoration and development for the Olympic Games (1964) and the Millennium celebrations (2000). Lectures will focus on the great moments of the history of Rome and the great people - artists, architects, writers and historical figures - that have had a profound and enduring influence upon the city. Prerequisites: ARH 3100 Foundations of Art Across Cultures, or HST 3100 World Cultural History 1 O or HST 3105 World Cultural History 2

ARH 309 spring only (3) | History of Ancient Art: Greece and Rome

This course examines the main methods and themes related to the study, analysis and appreciation of ancient art. Students study the Idea of the Classical, such a large part of western culture, and so widely misinterpreted. The key topics covered are the analysis of Greek art, the relation between Greek and Roman art, modern views of Classical art, continuity and discontinuity, inspiration from antiquity, and misunderstanding of antiquity. The city of Rome offers a living representation of this art itinerary. Much of the course is taught on site. Prerequisites: ARH 3100 Foundations of Art Across Cultures, or HST 3100 World Cultural History 1 or HST 3105 World Cultural History 2

ARH 321 (3) | Baroque Rome and Its Monuments

This course covers the emergence of Baroque art in the late Cinquecento and early Seicento (16th and 17th centuries) and follows the development of the Baroque style in sculpture, painting and architecture. The style found interpreters of genius in Rome, artists who left outstanding works with a great sense of proportion, remarkable use of inventiveness and incredible imagination. During the class students will begin to study some of these artists, including Caravaggio, Bernini and Borromini. Much of the course is taught on site in Rome, the ‘cradle’ of the Baroque.

ARH 322 fall only (3) | High Renaissance Art

This course on High Renaissance Art surveys the development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy from the 14th to the 16th centuries, with particular reference to the cultural context of Rome and with the contributions of Florence and Venice. Much of the course is taught on-site, allowing students to gain first-hand experience of the masterpieces of Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo within their historical and urban context. Renaissance means the rebirth of the classical heritage, which had its center in ancient Rome. High Renaissance can be seen as the beginning of Modernity, when society shifted its center from God to the human being and to its seemingly endless possibilities. This course focuses on how artistic expression responded to a rapidly changing society; in particular we will study artists and their patrons at the beginning of the 16th century in Rome - at that time the leading cultural capital of the Western world.


COM 308 spring only (3) | Writing for the Media/Journalism in Italy

Concentrates on the different styles and tones of voice used in journalism. It focuses on print, although there will be analysis of other media, such as radio and television. Particular attention will be given to the development of writing styles for news, features, interviews and reviews. Students also carry out detailed analysis of information and styles from a range of media. In Italy students will be required to collaborate with a local newspaper, publishing articles and working with local press offices.

COM 315 (3) | History of Italian Cinema and Society

This course covers the history of Italian cinema and Italian society as represented in film, with particular focus on the wide range of films to emerge after the world wars. Students will look at Italian cinema within the context of world cinema to gain an understanding of realism as an aesthetic convention as well as insight into Italian culture and ways of thinking.

COM 461 (3) | Fashion and Media

This course traces the multiple connections between the fashion and media industries. It emphasizes the material realities, pragmatic and creative dynamism, fantasy components, and essential visuality of fashion. It also highlights how cities function as creative agencies for fermenting style and fashion ideas and attitudes. Prerequisite: Senior Status or permission of the instructor.


ECN 357 (3) | International Economic Relations

Examines economic and monetary relations between nations and groups of countries. Institutional, political and historical factors that shape the international economic environment. Globalization, regional integration, multilateral negotiations, trade policies and development of world trade.


HST 311 (3) | Rome through the Ages

This course covers the history of Rome from its reputed founding by Romulus and Remus to the establishment of the Roman Republic and the creation of the Roman Empire, leading up to conversion to Christianity and the appointment of the first Christian emperor. Much of the teaching is carried out during visits to major archaeological sites. The course will focus on themes such as the changes in Roman politics, the causes of the misgovernment which brought down the Republic, how the hollow skeleton of the Republic was used to house the Principate of Augustus, the rise of the Roman Empire, and the success of Christianity.

HST 314 (3) | History of Food and Table Manners

This course will focus on food and food habits in human history from early civilization to the Modern period, via the Classical world and the Middle Ages. We will be looking at themes such as the social function of banquets, dietary rules, food models, cultural identity and table manners. In this course, we will examine evidence based on written sources and on archaeological and artistic remains. Students will compare the dining habits of different social groups across different historical periods (e.g. Romans vs. Barbarians; nobles vs. peasants; lay vs. religious; urban vs. rural). They will look at the social, political, economic and cultural history of food and table manners, and consider the spaces in which the people lived and ate - including the interiors of households, palaces and monasteries.

HST 326 (3) | History of the Italian Mafia

This course provides a detailed analysis of the history of the Italian mafia from the national unification of Italy until the present day. Topics studied include relationships within the organization, those between the Mafia and Italian Politics, and those between the Italian and the American mafia.


INR 306 (3) | Human Rights

This course will cover the evolution of international human rights and of the various national, regional and international mechanisms designed for their protection. It will examine the theoretical foundations of the idea of human rights in various civilizations and cultures, evaluate its legacy within western and non-western traditions, and examine its meaning and relevance in addressing major issues in the contemporary world. The class principally draws on the theories and methodological approaches of the following disciplines: Sociology, International Law and International Relations.

INR/SCL 313 (3) | Globalization: A European Perspective

The new millennium is witnessing a world that is developing into a single place. Students explore the complex social, economic, political, cultural and environmental dynamics of the global society and become familiar with the causes and implications of the globalization process. Prerequisites: HST 3100 World Cultural History I or HST 3105 World Cultural History 2 or SCL 3100 Foundations of Sociology. A background in sociology is highly recommended.

INR 328 spring only (3) | Security Studies

This course examines enduring and contemporary questions of security and insecurity in the international system. Security has traditionally been defined in terms of strategic state politics and the use of military force to counter external military threats. The end of the Cold War and the ensuing conflicts of the late 20th century raised questions about the continued relevance of traditional theories of security. The course will feature the participation of Italian Carabinieri Police/Army Force, including anti-terrorist and special security units. Specific areas will be covered with the approach of “experience education” including: National Security, Investigation, Pubic Order, Public Health and Environment, Labor and Food Frauds, Cultural Heritage and Anti-Counterfeiting, and International Cooperation.


LIT 329 (3) | Classical Mythology

This course covers traditional stories of Greece and Rome in their cultural context. Students study readings from Greek and Latin literature and investigate their sources, their nature, and their application to literature and to art. They will examine key figures and events in mythology, including gods and major heroes, with on-site analysis of paintings, sculptures, pottery and mosaics. The course examines the myths and legends of traditional Greek religion in their historical context. We will consider how they were influenced by the civilizations of the ancient Near East and how they developed in the Greek and Roman worlds. We will read passages in translation from major Greek and Roman authors, including Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Euripedes, Sophocles, Ovid, and Virgil, and discuss the use of mythology in classical literature and how it changed through the ages. Slides and visits to museums and archaeological sites will illustrate how the Greeks and Romans represented and worshipped their gods and how classical mythology was used in the art of later centuries. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the key figures and events in mythology, including gods and major heroes, and with the use and role of mythology in classical literature and art.

LIT 330 spring only (3) | Roman Life and Thought

This course illustrates the most important literary works of classical antiquity. Students read in translation Greek and Latin authors such as Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Caesar, Cicero, and Plautus, familiarize themselves with different literary genres and understand the basis of European literary culture. Major topics include aspects of ancient civilization, such as rhetoric, politics, religion, mythology and philosophy. Site visits to the Ara Pacis, Crypta Balbi and to the National Museum of Palazzo Massimo complement classroom lectures.


MGT 300 (3) | Project Management for the Arts and Culture

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of project management relevant to the cultural industry. The theoretical basis will be applied to the industry of arts and culture. The course focuses on case studies that are related to Rome’s Cultural Heritage. Students will acquire knowledge, skills and competencies to understand the fundamental tenets of project management. The Italian cultural environment will be studied; particular attention will be paid to its inherent value. Furthermore this course offers students the opportunity to identify current problems that are related to the management of the Italian cultural heritage. The skills learned may also be applied to different international contexts.

MGT 358 spring only (3) | Human Resource Management

Combines elements of different disciplines, ranging from industrial relations, social psychology, personnel management, motivation, recruitment and selection, leadership, communication, manpower planning, aspects of training and development, and related processes. It is appropriate both for those seeking a career in personnel management and for those contemplating careers in other areas of functional management.


MKT 301 (3) | Principles of Marketing

Principles and operations of the marketing process with an in-depth look at the role of marketing in business planning, how the marketing mix operates and the role of strategic marketing in today’s business environment.


PLT 331 fall only (3) | Ethnicity and Identity

Examines the questions of whether ethnicity is a universal phenomenon, and if ethnic conflict is inevitable. Investigates why ethnicity has become such an important tool of political organization in the twentieth century. This course examines ethnicity and to a lesser extent nationalism, as the base of social and political belonging and differentiation and the source of both creativity and conflict. Starting with the premise that identity is socially constructed the ways in which ethnic identity has been formed and used in different societies is examined. Different theories of ethnicity are explored during the course, as well as specific case studies.

PLT 359 spring only (3) | The European Union in the New International System

The historical background of the EU, the dynamics of the European integration process, the European institutions and their functioning, the interrelationship between the EU, the member states and the U.S., the EU policies such as agriculture, regional, social, environmental, energy and monetary policies.


RLG 300 (3) | 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 on 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.

RLG 315 spring only (3) | Religions and Cults of the Roman Empire

An introduction to the religious experience of Late Antiquity, which opened the way to medieval civilization and, eventually, to modern Western culture. This course introduces students to the extremely complex, and often amazingly modern richness of the religious beliefs and cults of the Roman Empire (I-IV century A.D.). All the main religions, cults and mystical movements will be considered and examined in order to give the student a complete picture of this fascinating historical period.


ISL 5000 (3) | Service Learning and Active Citizenship

The Service Learning and Active Citizenship course is a student community placement that aims to provide students from all disciplines and majors with the intellectual, professional, and personal skills that will enable them to function well in a culturally diverse community in Rome. In addition to the weeks of field work (typically 9-12 depending on the organization), the student will also produce a written journal of their experience which provides critical reflection (learning log), a ‘community action’ portfolio (analytical essay), and a final oral presentation. These assessments have been designed to help the student reflect on the skills they are learning and the benefits gained from the service learning experience, and also to help them determine if their current career goals are the correct fit for them. During the service learning course, the staff of the Internship Office and a faculty supervisor work closely with each student to ensure that the community placement is a successful one.


SCL 307 fall only (3) | Made in Italy: Symbols of Italian Identity from Espresso to Ferrari

Italy occupies a prominent place in the world’s culture, history, and thought. This course will consider the history and practices of consumption in Italy, and the consumption of goods, products, and services that have been encoded as “Italian” outside the country itself. It analyzes aspects of consumption (broadly defined) through a social, cultural, artistic and anthropological approach. Symbols of “Italian-ness” may include themes such as the transition to a consumer society, investigating areas such as advertising, fashion, industrial design, food culture and sport, and the impact of consumption in processes such as Italian identity formation and the construction of gender roles. The course normally includes on site visits and field trips to major Italian companies. Prerequisites: HST 3100 World Cultural History 1 or HST 3105 World Cultural History 2 or SCL 3100 Foundations of Sociology orAdvisor’s Permission.