The program introduces participants to one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in the world while immersing them in an academic experience closely related to this location.
Also available for accepted students is the M. Tritle Scholarship for the LMU Summer in Rome program. Eligible pell grant recipient should be able to demonstrate both financial need along with representing academic merit.
Situated on the River Tiber, Rome was once the capital of a vast empire that stretched from Britain to North Africa and the Middle East. Traces of the city's imperial splendor can still be admired at the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and other ancient sites. In the 17th century, thanks to an explosion of creative activity underpinned by ecclesiastical patronage, Rome once again became a great cultural capital, renowned for the magnificence of its art and architecture. The Baroque churches, piazzas, monuments and palaces in the city's historic center provide a fascinating backdrop to the lively outdoor markets and shopping areas of today's Rome. Throughout the five-week program, classes are held in a characteristic palazzo in the heart of the city.
Students choose two of the three courses offered and may select two upper division courses for core credit, or one upper division course and an Italian language course at the appropriate level.
Select TWO courses from the following list:
EURO 1181 Elementary Italian I (4 units)
For students with no previous knowledge of Italian. Basic language instruction with emphasis on developing proficiency in the spoken language.
EURO 1182 Elementary Italian II (4 units)
For students with one semester of college Italian or the equivalent. Basic language instruction with emphasis on developing proficiency in the spoken language.
EURO 2283 Intermediate Italian (4 units)
For students with one year of previous study at the college level or the equivalent. A review of basic grammar and vocabulary, along with the development of oral proficiency, reading and listening comprehension.
EURO 2284 / ITAL 2298 Composition and Conversation (4 units)
For students with two years of previous study at the college level or equivalent proficiency. Development of fluent and accurate speech and writing.
HMNT 4998 / ITAL 4998 / FNLT 4200 / ITAL 4999 Comparative Cultures: Screening Migration
Taught by LMU Professor Aine O'Healy
Interdisciplinary Connections Core
Flags - Oral Skills, Writing
Taking advantage of the city of Rome as a hub of Italy’s many new immigrant communities, this course is organized around the screening of eight films that highlight the circumstances of migrants in Europe today. Structured as a Integrations seminar, the course approaches the study migration from the perspective of film studies and literary analysis, and enables students to visit several sites in Rome associated with Italy’s new migrant communities. Extrapolating from examples in specific film and literary texts written by migrants, we examine some of the issues relating to human mobility and cultural transition in contemporary western societies.
THST 3564 Dante’s Inferno
Taught by LMU Professor Anna Harrison
Ethics and Justice Core
This is a semester-long, close reading of the Inferno, the first part of Dante’s three-part Divine Comedy, a poem (comprising Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso) he composed in the first quarter of the fourteenth century. We examine Dante’s understanding of divine justice as manifested in hell’s punishments and its structure. We focus especially on Dante’s understanding of justice as moral virtue and cull from the Inferno his theoretical framework of ethical analysis. We explore Dante’s understanding of God as highest good – the fundamental ground on which he builds this theory of justice – and we consider the relationship between love and justice in the Inferno. We examine how and the extent to which Dante applies his theoretical framework to the “cases” of specific sinners – adulterers, murderers, thieves, and more – in the Inferno. At the end of the semester, we attempt to apply Dante’s theory of justice to specific modern situations. Students who successfully complete this course will value learning about varieties of ethical commitments that may not match their own as well as about the importance of situating ethical commitments in their foundational philosophical and theological commitments.
HOUSING AND MEALS
Participants are accommodated together in a modern student-housing complex. Each student shares a bedroom with no more than two others in a shared apartment with 4 rooms. Kitchen and laundry facilities are also provided. Gym access is available for a nominal fee. Several group meals are organized at restaurants during the five-week session. During the trip to Florence, students are housed in a hotel.
The program begins with a guided tour of Rome. Additional site visits are scheduled over the five weeks as part of the academic curriculum. The program includes an excursion to Florence, which features a walking tour of the city, a visit to the principal museums, and a banquet in a typical Tuscan restaurant.
Arrive in Rome
Walking Tour of Rome
Orientation; Classes Begin
Exams and farewell dinner
Depart from Rome