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.
ART223 Renaissance Art and Architecture - Daria Borghese
This course introduces students to the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance from the 14th through the 16th centuries as well as theories used since the late 19th century to study these works. Proceeding chronologically, the course emphasizes the artistic, cultural, and historic context in which this art was created. The primary materials studied include religious and secular painting, architecture, as well as manuscripts and printed books created for public and private use. Lectures, discussions, readings and visits to museums stimulate discussion on issues such as the changing role of the artist, shifts in patronage, the use of art to express secular and ecclesiastic aspirations, experimentation with visual systems, innovations in print-making and printing, and the legacy of art of the Italian Renaissance.
HIS150 Civilization in Rome - Lance Lazar
The Rome Campus offers an unsurpassed opportunity to consider developments in Western Civilization over the past three millennia. No urban environment can better illustrate the remarkable overlay of cultures that have influenced and reflected the world, first as a capital city for the ancient Republic and Empire, then for Western Christianity, then as a unifying center for the Kingdom of Italy, and lastly for the post-War republic. This course is offered only in Rome, and counts as a “Humanities Depth” requirement in the Core Curriculum, fulfilling half of the two course History sequence, or as an elective in History.
THE 204 Catholicism Today - Rome Campus Faculty
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.
CLT 295 Special Topic: "Exiles" in Italy - Elisabeth Howe
Students study fictional works and poetry, essays, or memoirs set in Italy, written by American and European writers who spent time there. The course explores the experience of “exile” in the works of foreign writers living in Italy, through their personal reflections and their characters’ reactions, both positive and negative, to the experience of living there as a foreigner. They will also consider the reasons for the attraction of Italy, and of Rome in particular, for those authors and their fictional characters, leading to discussion of Rome’s significance as a religious, historical, and political center. This Special Topics Comparative Literature course counts for students as a second literature course in the Humanities Depth requirement.
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.
Students work on independent research projects in an area of their interest, as approved by faculty