A variety of liberal arts and pre-professional courses are offered each semester. Course offerings may include History, Art History, Theology, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, Italian, Accounting, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, among others. Most courses count towards general education requirements, so students can maintain progress toward their degree while getting the most advantage from study in Rome. Students of affiliated institutions travel to Rome knowing that they will receive full credit for all courses taken at the Rome campus. For students from other American colleges and universities, Assumption staff will make every effort to ensure that they too receive full credit for courses taken in Rome. (Please scroll down on this page for detailed course descriptions.)
|Spring '16||Fall '16||Spring '17|
|CLT 266 Italian Cinema||ARH 350 Art of Rome (D. Borghese)||ARH 223 Renaissance Art and Architecture (D. Borghese)|
|PHI204R: God and the Philosophers||THE 204 Catholicism Today (TBA)||THE203 Early Church (TBA)|
|ARH 224R: Baroque Art and Architecture||CLT 206 Literary Foundations of the West II: Romanticism (P. Ady)||PHI 202 Ethics (C. Gobel)|
|THE 204 Catholicism Today||PHI 204 God and the Philosophers (C. Gobel)||POL203 Modern States (J. Geddert)|
|ITA101+ Italian at placement level (Italiaidea)||ITA 101 (Beginner) to ITA 103 (Advanced)||ITA101+ Italian at placement level (Italiaidea)|
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CLT 266 Italian Cinema – Rome Campus Faculty
The course provides an introduction to Italian cinema. Students will explore the nature of neorealism, the hallmark of the Italian cinematic tradition, through an examination of the development of the film industry, the socio-historical situation, and the literary tradition within the Italian peninsula. The study of neorealism, which involves discussion of directed readings and screenings of classics by Rossellini, De Sica, and Visconti, provides a basis for the examination of ensuing movements and Italian “auteurs,” such as Fellini, Antonioni, Bertolucci, and Pasolini, and of the contemporary scene. Counts as a second literature (humanities).
PHI204R: God and the Philosophers. Prof. Christian Göbel
Is there a god? The course offers – through the study of some important texts by both believers and non-believers – an examination of the ways that philosophers have understood the divine. After reflecting on the appropriate way to speak of the divine and the relationship between faith and reason, we’ll be discussing some major arguments for and against the existence of God. In a concluding part of the course, special emphasis will be given to the question of the ‘logic’ of the Christian faith, philosophical foundations for interreligious dialogue and the relationship between religion and morality (How does our understanding of the existence and character of the divine bear on our self-understanding and how we live?). Counts in the core as a second or third (humanities) philosophy.
The course takes a systematic approach but we will also focus on two important figures, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, and ‘follow in their footsteps’ in and outside Rome, e.g. at Santa Sabina, Ostia Antica, Monte Cassino, Aquino, Fossanova, etc.
ARH 224R: Baroque Art and Architecture - Prof. Heidi Gearhart
This course will look at Baroque art and architecture in Italy and, particularly in Rome, from the late sixteenth century to the late seventeenth century. By looking at paintings, sculpture, and architecture, we will be able to study how historical and cultural shifts– such as the Counter Reformation or the growth of scientific thought- affected the way in which art was produced. The course will included multiple on-site visits, helping students understand the experiential and mulit-media aspect of the Baroque. Artists will include Bernini, Caravaggio, and the Carracci. Counts in the core as Art/Mus/Tha and for credit towards Italian Studies major and minor, and the MEMS minor; Museum based.
THE 204 Catholicism Today – Prof. Christian Göbel
Catholics do not live their lives within a Catholic bubble, a hermetically sealed world in which everyone and everything is shaped by the teachings of Catholicism. Christ himself said this would not be the case, informing his disciples that in this world they would have to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God that things that are God’s. As a result, the Catholic Church has always had to find some way of engaging the world in which it currently finds itself. This course introduces students to Catholicism’s ongoing engagement with the world today, paying particular attention to both the main currents in contemporary thought and the representative social movements that shape the modern world. Counts in the core as second or third (humanities) theology.
This course looks at one of the most celebrated eras of art history, the Renaissance. Focusing on Italy and Northern Europe, the course will look at art made from the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries. Major themes will include urban development, economic change, the black plague, and the political and religious forces of culture. Material covered will include painting, sculpture, architecture, and fresco, from the devotional works of the Franciscans to the courtly art made for the Duke of Urbino, and works made for women as well as men. Looking critically at primary source material, such as the writings of Alberti and Vasari, the course will also consider the role of the artist and what is often seen as his rise in status, through examples like Botticelli, Michelangelo, Giotto and Dürer. This course satisfies the Core requirement in Art, Music & Theatre. Counts in the core as Art/Mus/Tha and for credit towards Italian Studies major and minor, and the MEMS minor; Museum based.