Study Abroad

Course Offerings

FALL 2015 (October 6 - December 11 2015)

ART H 211 (*3) History of Renaissance Art - Syllabus

An introduction to the main themes in Italian art from the establishment of Christianity as a State Religion to the death of Michelangelo. Field trips to Assisi, Perugia and Florence. Prerequisites waived.

CLASS 399 (*3) The Archaeology of Ancient Italy: From Greeks to Romans

A survey of the archaeology of ancient Italy from ca. 800 BC to 200 AD. We will study the architecture and material culture of the Greek colonies in Southern Italy, the Etruscan culture in Central Italy, the indigenous people in the inland areas of Italy and the Romans who unified all of Italy. One weekend field trip to the Greek and then Roman colony at Poseidonia/Paestum and to the Roman cities of Pompei and Herculaneum. Prerequisites waived.

INT D 125 (*3) Introduction to Italian Language and Culture - Syllabus

This course will give you the basic skills to communicate effectively in your daily interactions and travel while also introducing you to Italian culture to provide a better appreciation of the similarities and differences between Italy and Canada.  Not open to students with credit in ITAL 111/112 or any higher level Italian course. 

ITAL 111 (*3) Beginners' Italian I - Syllabus

Designed for students with little or no previous background in Italian. Focuses on development of basic grammar and communication skills. NOTE: not to be taken by students with native or near-native proficiency in Italian, or with Italian 30 or its equivalents in Canada and other countries.

POL S 354 (*3) Modern Italian Politics and Society - Syllabus

An overview of Italy’s major socio-political, cultural and economic issues over the past 50 years, the social/political roots of organized crime and its interaction with national politics, the role of the Catholic Church and its influence, and the turbulence of Berlusconi’s time in office and how it has affected Italy and the European Union. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.

PSYCO 305 (*3) Art Evolution and Cognitive Science - Syllabus

This course provides a unique perspective for what art is and what it means to appreciate art. This course integrates theories of evolution, vision sciences, neuroscience and ideas about culture (i.e., ideas, beliefs, values, behaviors and practices) to help answer a small portion of lingering questions about what art is, why we “need it” and the science behind our appreciation of art. In looking at these issues from a cross-disciplinary approach, we will dramatically alter our understanding of the artistic experience. While science and theory cannot explain everything about art, it will be startling for most students to realize that a good portion of artistic appreciate can be scientifically explained. Prerequisites waived.

Winter 2016 (January 12 - March 18 2016)


ART H 202 (*3) Renaissance Visual Culture


Taking the art and architecture of Cortona as a starting point, this course will explore the history of visual art and culture in the 15th and 16th centuries. Not open to students with credit in ART H 252. Fields trips to Assisi and Perugia.

CLASS 399 (*3) The Archaeology of Ancient Italy: From Greeks to Romans

A survey of the archaeology of ancient Italy from ca. 800 BC to 200 AD. We will study the architecture and material culture of the Greek colonies in Southern Italy, the Etruscan culture in Central Italy, the indigenous people in the inland areas of Italy and the Romans who unified all of Italy. One weekend field trip to the Greek and then Roman colony at Poseidonia/Paestum and to the Roman cities of Pompei and Herculaneum. Prerequisites waived.

HIST 300 (*3) Art and Culture in Fascist Italy

An examination of art and culture under the Fascist regime in Italy, and how it supported Mussolini’s vision of creating a ‘Third Roman Empire’ (ancient Rome being the first, and Renaissance Italy being the second). Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.

INT D 125 (*3) Introduction to Italian Language and Culture

This course will give you the basic skills to communicate effectively in your daily interactions and travel while also introducing you to Italian culture to provide a better appreciation of the similarities and differences between Italy and Canada. Not open to students with credit in ITAL 111/112 or any higher level Italian course.

ITAL 112 (*3) Beginners’ Italian II

A continuation of ITAL 111. NOTE: This course should not be taken by students with native (or near-native) proficiency in Italian, or the equivalents in Canada or other countries. Prerequisite: ITAL 111 or consent of Department.

POL S 354 (*3) Modern Italian Politics and Society

An overview of Italy’s major socio-political, cultural and economic issues over the past 50 years, the social/political roots of organized crime and its interaction with national politics, the role of the Catholic Church and its influence, and the turbulence of Berlusconi’s time in office and how it has affected Italy and the European Union. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.

PSYCO 305 (*3) Words That Change Minds

This course provides a cross-disciplinary approach to answer deep and interesting questions about the origins, structure, and meaning of language and how our understanding of culture is crucial to answering these questions. In this course we will talk about how the language that someone speaks and the ability to "read minds" (i.e., Theory of Mind) shapes the way they understand and behave in the world and how culture influences things like non-verbal communication and figurative language - like metaphors. We will finish with a discussion of how social psychology, individual differences, attitudes and motivation impacts bilingualism and second language learning. Prerequisites waived.