Rome Campus 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 2015

ART 223 Renaissance Art and Architecture – Rome Campus Faculty

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 muesums 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.

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

CLT 266 Italian Cinema – Rome Campus Faculty

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, and Pasolini, and of the contemporary scene.

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.

ARH 224R: Baroque Art and Architecture - Prof. Heidi Gearhart

This course will look at Baroque art and architecture in Italy and, particularly in Rome, from the late sixteenth century to the late seventeenth century. By looking at paintings, sculpture, and architecture, we will be able to study how historical and cultural shifts– such as the Counter Reformation or the growth of scientific thought- affected the way in which art was produced. The course will included multiple on-site visits, helping students understand the experiential and mulit-media aspect of the Baroque. Artists will include Bernini, Caravaggio, and the Carracci.

THE 204 Catholicism Today – Prof. Christian Göbel

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.

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