Rome Campus Courses

A variety of liberal arts and pre-professional courses are offered each semester at Assumption's Rome Campus. 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.)


2017-2018 Academic Year Course Offerings

Spring '18 Fall '18
ARH 224 Baroque Art and Architecture (D. Borghese) ARH 223 Renaissance Art & Architecture (D. Borghese)
THE 100 Introduction to Theology (TBA) THE 100 Introduction to Theology (TBA)
PHI 154 God and the Philosophers (P. Corrigan) ART 101 Drawing I (C. Nixon)
INB 199 The Business of Italian Tourism (C. LeBlanc) ROM 200 Encountering Rome (C. Nixon)
IDS/ ENG 201 The Grand Tour (B. DiBiasio) Corrigan) PHI 100 Socrates and the Search for Truth (P. Corrigan)
ITA 101+ Italian at placement level (Italiaidea) ITA 101+ Italian at placement level (Italiaidea)

ARH 140R ART IN ROME
This course, exclusive to the Rome campus, examines the history and society of Rome and its architectural and artistic expression as it developed over a period of 3000 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. For classes prior to 2020, this course satisfies the Core requirement in Art, Music & Theatre. For the class of 2020 and subsequent classes, it fulfills the Core requirement for a Fine Arts class in Culture & Expression.

ARH 223 RENAISSANCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
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. For classes prior to 2020, this course satisfies the Core requirement in Art, Music & Theatre. For the class of 2020 and subsequent classes, this course fulfills the Core requirement for a fine art in Culture and Expression.

ARH 224 BAROQUE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
This course examines the emergence of Baroque art in the late Cinquecento and early Seicento (16th and 17th centuries) and follows the development of the Baroque style in sculpture, painting and architecture. During the class students study some of these key artists, including Caravaggio, Bernini and Borromini. Much of the course is taught on-site in Rome, the ‘cradle’ of the Baroque.This course examines the emergence of Baroque art in the late Cinquecento and early Seicento (16th and 17th centuries) and follows the development of the Baroque style in sculpture, painting and architecture. During the class students study some of these key artists, including Caravaggio, Bernini and Borromini. Much of the course is taught on-site in Rome, the ‘cradle’ of the Baroque.

THE 100 INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY
This course introduces students to the intellectual challenge posed by the academic study of Catholic theology. Through the study of selected classic and 200 contemporary texts, the course familiarizes students with the nature, foundations, history, methods, and ends of Catholic theology. Students will become familiar with some of the distinctive movements and thinkers of the Catholic theological tradition, as well as the dialogue between Catholicism and other theological traditions. Each section of this course examines a book from the Old and a book from the New Testament, St. Augustine’s Confessions, the thought of a medieval and the thought of a modern Catholic theologian, and the thought of a non-Catholic theologian.

INB 199 THE BUSINESS OF ITALIAN TOURISM
Tourism for Italy is big business. It is estimated that tourism in Italy accounts for approximately 11% of the country’s GDP. In addition, travel and tourism account for the employment of 2.3 million. Clearly, tourism in this country is economically and culturally very significant. Understanding this industry in Rome, Italy and more broadly in the world), as viewed through the lens of marketing and while studying abroad in the country, will provide students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of tourism as an industry. Equally important is that in developing a better understanding of the tourism industry in Italy, students will also examine the connections between Italian tourism and how this industry fulfills an important part of Italian culture, merging ancient and historical elements with current day living It is hoped too that the course will be able to link to, and draw from, the other courses being offered. Certainly, the course and students in it will benefit from several formal trips to famous sites, countless other mini-excursions in Rome, other cities/sights in Italy, and for many students additional trips to tour other countries. All of these will serve to inform and deepen their understanding of tourism and its importance as a business/industry.

PHI 154 GOD AND THE PHILOSOPHERS
Is there a God? What could God be? What does God have to do with us? What is the role of reason in relation to faith? This course examines several ways that philosophers have thought about the divine: its existence and its relation to the world and to human beings. It considers classic arguments for the existence of God and various challenges to theism, such as those made in the name of science and the problem of evil. Included among the readings are the “Five Ways” of Thomas Aquinas, Anselm’s “ontological argument,” and Nietzsche’s “Madman” parable. Prerequisite: PHI 100.

ART 101 DRAWING I
This introductory course focuses on learning to see and learning to translate what is seen into two dimensions. Learning to see often requires overriding what the brain knows and learning to trust one’s growing skill at visual response. Translating visual information to the page involves developing skill with line, shape, space, form, and composition. The intent is to develop a broad visual vocabulary which allows communication of the subject matter with sensitivity in charcoal, pencil, ink, and collage. This involves working from life, including the figure, and using images to clarify and enrich what we do through references to art history. Students will be responsible for purchasing a supply kit and for a Studio Fee of $40.00. For classes prior to 2020, this course satisfies the Core requirement in Art, Music & Theatre. For the class of 2020 and subsequent classes, this course fulfills the Core requirement for a fine art in Culture and Expression.

PHI 100 SOCRATES AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH

This course introduces students to the activity of philosophy, understood in the Socratic sense of living an examined life. Philosophy begins by questioning ordinary experience and the opinions one already holds, and it becomes a comprehensive, fundamental, and self-reflective search for the truth about the nature of human beings and the good life, the world, and God. Readings include Plato’s Apology of Socrates and the Allegory of the Cave, as well as at least one medieval and one modern text. This course also introduces elementary principles of logical reasoning and basic distinctions of philosophic importance. It serves as the first half of a core seminar, and each section includes some direct link with the content pursued in each of the intermediate core courses in philosophy.