Courses

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.

Fall 2014 Courses               |               Spring 2015 Courses

Fall 2015

THE201R: The Problem of God. Prof. Marc A. LePain

We will discuss selections from two classic works of theology associated with the city of Rome: The City of God of St. Augustine, occasioned by the sack of Rome in A.D. 410, and the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas, begun in Rome in the year 1265.

CLT225R: Dante’s ComedyProf. Marc A. LePain

We will discuss Dante’s Divine Comedy in its entirety, with particular attention to Dante’s life and times in relation to his writing of the Comedy and to significant historical, literary, philosophical, and theological references in the Comedy. We will be marking h the 750th anniversary celebrations of Dante’s birth in Florence in 1265.

PHI202R: Ethics. Prof. Christian Göbel

Ethics is an exploration of the question, “How should I live?” Classical, modern, and contemporary positions, as well as practical examples will be examined in an attempt to understand the best human life. Being in Rome, we can literally ‘walk in the footsteps’ of eminent thinkers such as Cicero, Seneca, Thomas, and others; we may also explore city life and the history of Rome in search of morally relevant situations. Prerequisite: PHI 100. This course fulfills the second philosophy requirement in the Core Curriculum.

Italian: ITA 101 (Beginner) to ITA 103 (Advanced) - Rome Campus Faculty
Students will study Italian according to skill level. An intensive Italian language study option is also available.

Independent Study
Students work on independent research projects in an area of their interest, as approved by faculty

Spring 2016

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?).

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.

Italian: ITA 101 (Beginner) to ITA 103 (Advanced) - Rome Campus Faculty
Students will study Italian according to skill level. An intensive Italian language study option is also available.

Independent Study
Students work on independent research projects in an area of their interest, as approved by faculty