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Study Abroad: Italian Culture & Civilization

IT130 - Italian Culture & Civilization

(3 Credits)
When: Spring Semester, 2014
T, R 02:30P – 03:45P
Accompanying Study Tour: Spring Break - (March 6 to March 16)
Study Tour Location: Rome, Italy

This team-taught, interdisciplinary course will include weekly meetings throughout the spring semester during which students will be introduced to the culture and history of Italy and the city of Rome.

The course culminates in a ten-day field trip to Rome over spring break.

Among its distinctions, students will experience Italian gastronomy by visiting open air markets, alimentari, salumerie and restaurants.

The cradle of Western Civilization, Rome provides a rich opportunity to study the arts. The course will begin with the Etruscans and move chronologically through the Roman Republic, the Imperial period, early Christianity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Risorgimento, Mussolini’s Rome, and the contemporary period.

Based upon an integrated approach to art, architecture, music, literature, and film, the course will provide General Education credits in either humanities or international culture. It also fulfills the 3-credit study abroad requirement for International Business majors. Honors credits may be available for study abroad programs of ten days or more.

Pending approval, it could be used to satisfy a requirement for the college’s minor in International Studies.

Discussions are underway to provide an occasion for students to meet Italian colleagues at the University of Rome (Roma Tre) and possibly develop joint research projects.

An interview is required for acceptance in this course.


For Information, please contact:

Dr. John Champagne
139 Irvin Kochel Center

Dr. Sharon Dale
136 Irvin Kochel Center

Ms. Ruth Pflueger
203 Lilley Library Learning Resource Center


Behrend College majors may be eligible for the college’s privately endowed, need-based scholarships. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 898-6162 to see if you are eligible.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Education Abroad Scholarships are also available to students who demonstrate financial need and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
For details please stop into the Learning
Resource Center, 203 Lilley Library.



Printable Italy 2014 Brochure

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