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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Application Fee: $100
Financial Aid Applicability:
Some Financial Aid (Loans)
Class Standing:
-Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 3.30
Housing Option(s): Apartment, Student Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
LMU Credit & Grades Credits: 4 Semester Hours
Faculty Program Director: Dr. Kirstin Noreen, Fr. Marc Reeves Interview with Faculty Program Director or Designee Required: Yes
Study Abroad 101 Info Session Required:
Yes Study Abroad Advisor: Jenny Visapattana
Areas of Study:
Art History, Catholic Studies, European Studies, Theological Studies
Program Description:

 

 

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Home to popes, final resting place of martyrs, and a crossroads of cultural exchange, Rome’s unique history is closely intertwined with the development of Christian thought and practice.   Christian Faith and Visual Culture in Rome, an upper division class taught on site during an accelerated summer course, will provide a direct engagement with culture, art, society, and faith. Through class readings and daily site visits to places of historical importance, we will examine perspectives coming from different academic disciplines as we investigate how Christianity helped to initiate a new architectural and artistic vocabulary.  For example, students will read texts by Augustine prior to walking through the ancient Roman city streets; a discussion of the multiple faiths in existence in the ancient Roman world will be complemented by a site visit to an early house church and a Mithraeum preserved beneath the church of San Clemente; the power of relics and the translation of saints’ remains will be explored through visits to the Early Christian catacombs and medieval churches; the role of the Jesuits in the Catholic Counter-Reformation will be illustrated by visits to the Gesù, the mother church of the Society of Jesus, and the rooms where St. Ignatius lived.   Rome, as the center of Catholic Christianity, is also a city of faith: in addition to visiting many places of worship, students will be given the opportunity to attend daily mass and to reflect on each day’s experience.  Professors will teach and accompany students in an experience of scholarly community.  There will be three required Saturday classes during the spring semester.

 

 LOCATION

2016 Group Colosseum


Described by its ancient Roman poets as “the eternal city,” Rome is a major cultural capital, and home not only to world-famous places such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s, and the Sistine Chapel but also to many other artistic and religiously important sites and buildings.Classes will be conducted almost exclusively on-site: the city will be where we study and what we study, and will shape how we encounter the art and the history of Christianity.

Our academic and practical base will be the ACCENT Study Center, run by International Consortium For Academic Programs Abroad, located in the historic center of Rome. There, students have internet access and a PC computer lab as well as a study room with WiFi access.
• The ACCENT Rome Study Center provides extensive practical and cultural information which will help students to take full advantage of their time in Rome: travel guides and information, a lending library of English and Italian books (both academic and fiction), and practical guidance for the city of Rome.

 


ACADEMICS

CATH 3988 / THST 3988 / EURO 4988 / ARHS 4754
Christian Faith and Visual Culture in Rome

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Home to popes, final resting place of martyrs, and a crossroads of cultural exchange, Rome’s unique history is closely intertwined with the development of Christian thought and practice.   Christian Faith and Visual Culture in Rome, an upper division class taught on site during an accelerated summer course, will provide a direct engagement with culture, art, society, and faith. Through class readings and daily site visits to places of historical importance, we will examine perspectives coming from different academic disciplines as we investigate how Christianity helped to initiate a new architectural and artistic vocabulary.  For example, students will read texts by Augustine prior to walking through the ancient Roman city streets; a discussion of the multiple faiths in existence in the ancient Roman world will be complemented by a site visit to an early house church and a Mithraeum preserved beneath the church of San Clemente; the power of relics and the translation of saints’ remains will be explored through visits to the Early Christian catacombs and medieval churches; the role of the Jesuits in the Catholic Counter-Reformation will be illustrated by visits to the Gesù, the mother church of the Society of Jesus, and the rooms where St. Ignatius lived.   Rome, as the center of Catholic Christianity, is also a city of faith: in addition to visiting many places of worship, students will be given the opportunity to attend daily mass and to reflect on each day’s experience.  Professors will teach and accompany students in an experience of scholarly community. 

There will be three required Saturday classes during the spring semester.

 

HOUSING AND MEALS

Practical arrangements are being handled by ACCENT International Consortium For Academic Programs Abroad, which will provide students with accommodation in double/triple occupancy rooms in shared student apartments with a kitchen, bathroom, and general living area in the Residencia Trastevere, or similar student residence in Rome. In addition, some group lunches or dinners out in restaurants will be included as part of the program fee.
 

CULTURAL EXCURSIONS

As part of our course, we will be making the following excursions:
• Visits to Early Christian, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque churches, including  St. Peter's, Santa Pudenziana, Santa Maria in Trastevere, San Clemente, San Giovanni in Laterano,  Santa Maria Maggiore, the Gesú with the rooms of St. Ignatius, and Santa Maria in Cosmedin as well as the Colosseum/Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums, the catacombs, and the Jewish Ghetto.


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Transportation
Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own flights to and from Rome and will need to arrive by the start time of the program.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY

2016 Lecture

Pre-departure
Students who are accepted in this course will be required to attend three formal Saturday classes during the Spring 2016 semester that will provide important background material.  Accepted students ought to expect substantive course work in preparation for these pre-departure classes.
 
Orientation Program
•  A pre-departure handbook will be given to all students before departure. Specifically designed for participants going on this program, the handbook gives important information about preparing for a stay in Rome.
•  A general on-site orientation in Rome will cover practical matters as well as aspects of cross-cultural living and learning, giving students the tools they need to make the most of their time in Rome:  an explanation of the services that ACCENT Rome Study Center offers, local customs, money, personal safety, emergency contingency plan, telephones, communications, transportation, etc.  A housing orientation provides students with information specific to living in Rome and in the student residence. Orientation materials will include maps, practical living information, as well as a copy of "Rome at your Fingertips" written by ACCENT for participants studying in Rome.• a practical walking tour of the areas in Rome near the Accent study center.


PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
 
Summer Program Costs (click here)

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This program is currently not accepting applications.