AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Rome Internship, Italy
Summer 2020
Course Descriptions


International Internship Program

First three weeks: preparatory seminars plus one course related to your internship (3 credits)

Following four weeks: full time unpaid internship placement (3 credits)

Students can also earn an additional credit by enrolling In AVC 4800: Introduction to Italian Art.

Italian Language Courses
Course Code and Credits: ITL 3831 – A1 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Italian I
Course Description:
A thorough, basic introduction to the Italian language for those with little or no previous experience, the course teaches essential vocabulary and grammar and develops students’ ability to communicate in an authentic linguistic context.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 3832 – A1/A2 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Italian II
Course Description:
Designed for students who already have some knowledge of Italian, the course revises basic grammar and vocabulary before progressing to more complex structures and functions leading up to the next, Intermediate, level. Classes are conducted mainly in Italian, with ample opportunity for student oral practice.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 4831 - A1/B1 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian I
Course Description:
This course helps students to develop their ability to communicate effectively and accurately, using an expanded range of vocabulary. Conversation practice improves listening and interpretation skills. Reading and writing exercises improve skills in understanding prose and writing. Prerequisite: successful completion 3/4 semesters of Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 4832 - B2 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian II
Course Description:
This course enables students to understand and respond to quite complex lines of argument, both in oral and in written form. Students are introduced to more complex forms of grammar and more sophisticated vocabulary, to give them the ability to carry out and refine skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Italian. Prerequisite: successful completion 3/4 semesters of Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 5830 – B2/C1 (3)
Course Title: Advanced Italian
Course Description:
This course introduces students to advanced structures and vocabulary, which will enable them to interact with the Italian world at a sophisticated level. It enables them to understand lectures and complex lines of argument, including various attitudes and viewpoints, both in oral and in written form. They should become fluent and spontaneous in verbal interaction, and well able to present and sustain an argument, both orally and in evidenced-based writing. Prerequisite: successful completion 3/4 semesters of Italian.

Coures taught in English
Course Code and Credits: AVC 4800 (1)
Course Title: Introduction to Italian Art
Course Description:
Examines developments in early Italian painting and sculpture leading up to the Renaissance and Baroque. Students analyze Italian art in its historical context, particularly in terms of patronage and the key social, religious and philosophical events. It is taught during field study visits, which include Florence, Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples, Capri and Venice. A field project paper is required.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5840 (3)
Course Title: Art and Culture in Rome: 800 BC - 2000 AD
Course Description:
Examines the history and society of Rome and its architectural and artistic expression as it developed over a period of 3,000 years. Students study key examples of architecture, monuments and art from Classical Rome through to the Renaissance and Baroque, and the modern period. Much of the course is taught on site with visits to churches, palaces and museums. Students should budget approximately 30 euros for admission to museums and galleries not included in the program fee.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5820 (3)
Course Title: History of the Italian Mafia
Course Description:
This course explores 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.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 4800 (3)
Course Title: Cross-Cultural Psychology
Course Description:
This course provides a multicultural and global perspective psychology. Students analyze how culture influences human thoughts and behavior across cultures by integrating theoretical and applied components of cross-cultural psychology with theory and research from anthropology, sociology, biology, geography, communications and intercultural relations.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5855 (3)
Course Title: Culture and Style in Italy
Course Description:
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. 

After completion of the Session 1 course, students participate in internship seminars and take a full time unpaid internship in one of the following:

  • ADM 6861 - ART, DESIGN and MEDIA (3)
  • AVC 6861 - ART HISTORY (3)
  • EDU 6861 – EDUCATION (3)
  • HST 6861 - HISTORY (3)