All courses are 3 credits, with the exception of ITAL 101, ITAL 102, and ITAL 197.

CLAS 318R / CLAS 518R Art & Architecture of Ancient Rome
Fulfills the Explorations in Fine Arts requirement.
This course offers students an introduction to Roman art that is topographic, architectural, and historical in nature. In our study of Rome, we focus on developments in architecture, painting, sculpture, and urban growth in the city. While our survey is limited to antiquity, it is understood that Rome’s modern urban fabric is profoundly affected by the events of the ancient period, so this course also intends to facilitate your understanding of the modern city.
Instructor: Crispin Corrado

FIN 491R  From Barter to Bitcoin: Financial Transactions Past, Present, and Future
Including a deep dive into the debasement of the Roman Denarius and its impacts on the fall of the Roman Empire, this course will discuss the history of financial transactions, the differences between money and currency, the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of payment, how iterations in forms of payment over time have impacted society and cultures, emergent trends and technologies of financial transactions, and the future of how we conduct commerce.

Instructor: Kevin May

MGT 475R Business Strategy
Via fun and interactive online simulation gameplay, this course introduces students to decisions and actions taken by an organization that result in the design and implementation of strategies to achieve its objectives. It provides an analysis of methods and techniques of strategic planning, medium-range programs and short-run operation plans of an enterprise; an evaluation of control management which involves establishing standards and the process of effective and efficient implementation of the business plan.

Instructor: Kevin May

ENG 378 Italy in American and British Literature
Fulfills the Explorations in Literature requirement.
The course brings students closer to the study of literature through reading major works by American and British writers. The journey to Italy is at the center of the novels and poems that are analyzed during the course. On the one hand we will concentrate on the discovery and transformation of the characters as narrated through their encounters with a different culture and social context. On the other, we will investigate changes in the attitudes and perspectives of the authors themselves due to their own journeys to Italy. We will begin with the reading of poetry from the 19th century, followed by the reading of four complete novels by three well known American and British writers: Henry James, Tennessee Williams and Edward Morgan Forster.
Instructor: Milena Locatelli

ENT 391R Entrepreneurship in the Catholic Tradition
An analysis of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship emphasizing intertwined aspects of value creation, entrepreneurial spirit, and application in the Church context. Topics include: the fundamentals of entrepreneurship in the Catholic tradition, private initiative in the social teaching of the Church, the revolution of Centesimus Annus, the place of entrepreneurship in Church operations, the role of venture capital, and entrepreneurship as a driving force behind societal changes.
Instructor: Alexia Massacand

This course will examine wealth and poverty in a variety of historical contexts, including ancient Roman definitions of dominium, early Christian and late Medieval understandings of poverty, church endowments in the Protestant Reformation, and contemporary debates around neoliberalism and inequality. Topics will include: debt, slavery, reproduction, the commons, the relationship of property to concepts of freedom, corporations, colonialism, the environment, capitalism, and Marxist and anarchist critiques of private property. 
Instructor: Caroline Sherman

HSHU 203 The Age of Discovery
**Honors students only
A survey of Renaissance intellectual history taught through primary texts. Topics will include humanism, Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the impact of the New World, and scientific advances. Authors will include Petrarch, Pope Pius II, Machiavelli, Erasmus, Luther, Calvin, Montaigne, Bellarmine, Bacon, and Galileo.
Instructor: Caroline Sherman

HSTR 203 The Church: Community & Institution
**Honors students only
Why is the Christian life essentially one of community, and what kind of institutional organization is appropriate for this particular community? These were central questions addressed by Vatican II in its constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, and they remain central questions in ecumenical dialogue seeking the unity of the Church today. This course will consider the life and shape of the Church at various points in its history, from biblical times onwards, and the flourishing of study of the Church – “ecclesiology” - in the 20th century. It will closely examine the teaching of the Council itself on the Church and consider issues that have arisen in the life of the Church and in ecumenical discussion more recently. It will also study ecclesiological aspects of the teaching of Pope Francis.
Instructor: Father Francesco Giordano

ITAL 219 The Promise of Eternity: Rome and its Image throughout the Centuries
Fulfills the Explorations in Fine Arts requirement.
This course proposes a stimulating survey of the history and culture of Rome, to enrich students’ experience of the city in which they are spending a semester abroad. Through an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates history, literature, cinema, art and music, students will consider the evolution of the Eternal City, observing the complex layers of history which remain visible within the fabric of contemporary Rome. Following the footsteps of the most representative characters, cultural movements, and historical events century by century, we will conclude with a discussion of the city’s contemporary social and political identity within Italy and as a world capital. This variety of perspectives will enhance students’ ability to discuss and compare the different epochs of Italian history, with particular attention to the representation and the idealization of Rome across the centuries.
Instructor: Milena Locatelli

PHIL 310 Philosophy of Art
Fulfills the Philosophy Area I requirement.
Philosophical treatment of a range of art forms that focuses on the nature of creativity, beauty, and representation. Major arts are compared and contrasted.
Instructor: Michael Severance

POL 478 Politics of Global Environmental Problems
Fulfills the Philosophy Area I requirement.
An introduction to the politics of global environmental problems, with special emphasis on climate change. The three dimensions of global environmental problems are addressed (science, economy and policy) and connected to relevant topics such as: success and failure of international cooperation, the role of state and non-state actors (business, NGOs) and of international institutions (e.g. UN, World Bank), biodiversity loss, and deforestation. The course is interdisciplinary and taught in a non-technical style
Instructor: Alexia Massacand

TRS 202B The Church and the Human Person

Fulfills the Theology Elective requirement.
This course introduces students to the nature of the Church and the Human person through the examination of scriptural, historical, and contemporary treatments of the questions. The course will explore the images used in Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium to express the nature of the Church (People of God, Body of Christ, Temple of the Spirit, etc.) and her origin, structure and mission; the four properties or "notes" of the Church and Christ, her head, reflects on Christian Anthropology in the light of the modern and contemporary context. Here, everything from the nature of man to Catholic Social Doctrine in the economic sphere of our contemporary world will be considered. 
Instructor: Father Francesco Giordano 

TRS 345 Liturgical Art and Architecture
Fulfills the Theology Elective requirement.
This course leads students in examining the art and architecture of Christian churches. Salient primary texts regarding worship and the arts are studied in conjunction with various monuments. Using a historical approach, students will come to an understanding of the various theologies expressed in the matrix of Christian liturgical art, architecture, music and worship spaces from the early Church to the present. The course will incorporate churches throughout Rome in its study of the ways that human beings construct meaning in their places of worship and how images, sculpture, architecture and music are a theological reflection upon faith.
Instructor: Flavia De Nicola

ARPL 401: Architectural Design IV
This studio has students choose from among several projects developed by different critics that cover different issues. In all cases, however, projects build upon the formal and tectonic body of knowledge explored in 200 and 300 level studios, though of increased scale and programmatic complexity. They require students to take project development to a greater level with emphasis on design across a range of scales including that of the region, the city, the building, the interiors, the furniture, and/or the detail. Since students with the best projects earn places in our foreign studies program, competition between them raises the bar for verbal and visual communication.
Instructor: Lavinia Fici Pasquina

ARPL 601: Graduate Studio I
These courses explore advanced ideas in design as related to any of the several graduate concentrations operating within our program. These concentrations ask students to go beyond Each concentration studio focuses on the design of a project related to that concentration, with the three studies within a given concentration varying by theme rather than by educational level. For more specific information, see the supplemental course description for a particular concentration.

Instructor: Lavinia Fici Pasquina


Italian Language Classes 

All students must take one Italian language class. 

ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I
Designed for students with little or no prior experience with Italian. Introduction to the basic principles of language necessary for written and oral communication.

ITAL 103 Intermediate Italian I
Students build on what they have learned during the first two semesters of Italian. They improve their communication skills by discussing and writing about various topics drawn from readings and film focused on Italian culture. This course includes review and expansion of grammar and vocabulary. 

ITAL 197 Basic Conversational Italian
An intensive Italian language course for beginners, designed to meet the needs of students requiring short term language study. Students will achieve the basic language skills and cultural competence necessary to successfully communicate in every-day situations.
**One credit. No previous Italian language knowledge is required. Open to Architecture students and those who have completed at least through 102 in another language prior to Rome.