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.
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 Comedy. Prof. 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.
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.
ART 223 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.
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.
PHI204 God and the Philosophers - Louise Carroll-Keeley
The appropriate language to speak of the divine, the problem of evil, the nature of religious experience, why miracles may be problematic, science and God. How does one’s understanding of the existence and character of the divine bear on one’s self-understanding and how one lives?
CLT 266 Italian Cinema - Richard Bonanno
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, Pasolini, and others. Films may be screened at times other than regular class meetings when running times are extended. Students can expect to visit the Cinecittà film studio in Rome, considered to be the hub of Italian cinema.
Italian: ITA 101 (Beginner) to ITA 103 (Advanced) - Rome Campus Faculty
Students will study Italian according to skill level.
Students work on independent research projects in an area of their interest, as approved by faculty