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Global Programs: Rome, Italy | Course Details

An Immersion in Roman Life & Culture

Rome students enroll in a course from each category: Roman Life and Culture, Italian Language Study, and Humanities.

Roman Life & Culture

Students enroll in a Roman Life & Culture course offering: Ancient Roman Civilization or Renaissance Rome. Classes consist of lectures and site visits, taking full advantage of the program's location. All courses include special access to sites and projects that are normally closed to the general public. The city of Rome is your classroom in this tailored and unique program.

Global Programs: Rome

Ancient Rome: Archaeology and Civic Life (CRN: 10397)

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the high point of Roman civilization, the Early Imperial Era, from which remains rich literary and archaeological evidence. Students investigate the Romans through daily visits to archaeological sites throughout the modern city of Rome, as well as through museum visits and readings in the relevant literature.

The Romans ruled an empire that stretched from Spain and Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east, from England in the north to Egypt and Arabia in the south. The city of Rome was the political, economic, and cultural center of this empire, and, together with ancient Greece, became the father of our Western culture, as evidenced in our art, architecture, literature, engineering, law and government. We will be studying the early Imperial era (ca. 40 BC " AD 140) of this ancient civilization, when the Roman Empire was at its largest extent. We will be investigating both political and historical trends, as well as the art, architecture, and literature of the Romans. This course will enable a student to move into a college-level Roman Civilization, Roman Art and Archaeology, or Roman Religion class with a basic understanding of important historical movements and figures, cultural practices, and archaeological terminology.

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Secrets and Symbols of Roman Art and Architecture: Renaissance and Baroque (CRN: 10398)

This course provides an in-depth, insider investigation of the architectural and artistic wonders of the city of Rome, from the Renaissance through the Baroque. This course will bring students behind the scenes to explore the secrets and symbols of the hidden city. While the course will cover the major items of art historical interest, from the Caravaggio’s paintings to the Sistine Chapel, what sets this course apart is its focus on the important but little-seen jewels of the Eternal City. The result is an insider’s study of the art and architecture of what is arguably the most important city in the history of the civilized world.


Beginning Italian (CRN: 10370)

To really experience Italy one must feel the color and rhythm of the Italian language. This course aims to help students experience the Italian language in everyday contexts, so that they may use it in their wanderings around Rome. In the classroom, students will learn by doing, and being involved in team projects, musical games, and creative thinking activities. Students will also study cultural topics, to enable them to better understand Rome and Italy.

Humanities Courses

Students choose one afternoon Humanities class from the following:

Modern Italy Through Film (CRN: 10399)

Italy has a long and important film history, one recognized throughout the world: Rosselini, Bertolucci, Fellini, De Sica, Antonioni, Visconti and many others – all of them have contributed in important ways to international, global cinema. At the same time, these directors have also been deeply engaged with the exploration of what it means to be Italian; they, in their films, explored these questions. 

In this course, we will watch some of the classics of Italian cinema and discuss together their meaning and impact. We will learn through these films about modern Italian history: the impact of fascism and resistance against it, along with the struggles that have accompanied building a civil society after the end of World War II. Simultaneously, we will learn about film criticism: how to talk intelligently about the movies we see.

Digital Photography (CRN: 10400)

This is a course in Basic digital photography dedicated to STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. It is divided in two parts: The first being theoretical, with the analysis of the work of the masters of Photography, an historical and technical approach to the style and an overlook to the traditional techniques of the past and present (from B/W prints to Lightroom and Photoshop software elements. The second being practical including fieldworks and specific assignments where student prepare his/her final project.

The main aim of the course is to prepare student to face situations where the photographer is a witness of an event to be shared through images. Shooting techniques will be interlaced to new perspectives in photography given by vision awareness and usage of specific SOFTWARE. Every day student will practice techniques and take pictures to create a personal style in photography.

The student will be able to create his/her own Portfolio. In every part of the course the instructor follows two criteria to critique the works: Techniques and Creativity. The aim is to realize a final exhibit.

Students are required to supply their own digital camera.

Field Trips

Weekend trips include visits to Pompeii and Sorrento in the south of Italy, as well as Florence in the north. Program staff members accompany the field trips and supervise students at the off-campus sites.

Daily Schedule

Morning Breakfast
  Roman Life and Culture
Afternoon Lunch
  Italian Language
  Humanities Course
Evening Dinner
  Evening Cultural Activities
11:00pm Curfew

Global programs are academically rigorous. Given the intensity of the program there is minimal free time.

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