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Fall 2015

The tentative course listing for fall 2015 can be found below. We anticipate that there will be two or three changes, which will be posted here and announced prior to registration. The college reserves the right to make changes to these offerings at any time if necessary.


Drawing from Masterpieces (ROME 120)

An introduction to drawing from masterpieces of sculpture, painting, and architecture, with emphases on observation, technique, interpretation, and aesthetic emotions. Rome’s museums and cityscape of ruins and monuments will be our studio. We shall focus on the human figure, monumental forms, vantage points, choices of significant details, methods of composition, and techniques of linear and tonal drawing. Cost of supplies: Approx. $150.   Prof. Lucy Clink (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)

Introduction to the Art of Rome (ROME 181)

A survey of Roman art from the Ancient Republic through the seventeenth century. Topics include: religious art; the basilica; monumental architecture designed to express imperial and papal power; visual narrative in sculpture and painting; the rise of perspective and illusion in pictorial space; and the classical tradition. Reserved for students new to art history.  Prof. Cristiana Filippini (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)

Ancient Art of Rome (ROME 230)

Art and architecture in Rome, from the Etruscan age to the late Empire. Topics include: historical context; style; iconography; building typology and techniques; sculpture; painting; the development of artistic taste; and the use of art as propaganda. Fieldwork includes a trip to the Naples Archeological Museum, Pompeii, and Villa Jovis (Capri). Open to all students. Prof. Jan Gadeyne (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)

Splendors of Early Christian and Medieval Art (ROME 238/338)

A course that features the gems of Early Christian and Medieval Art in some of the most memorable churches and museums of Rome.  From the fresco palimpsest of Santa Maria Antiqua to Pietro Cavallini's "Last Judgment" in Santa Cecilia; from the spellbinding mosaics of Santa Pudenziana, Santa Prassede and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to the shimmering apse of San Clemente; from the Museo Gregoriano Profano in the Vatican to the Catacombs of Priscilla and the Sancta Sanctorum, students will learn to analyze and understand the religious and iconographic traditions that inform these masterpieces of western art.  Open to all students.  Prof. Valentino Pace (1 course credits = 4 semester hours)

Rome 338: Art history majors may complement the course with a research component with access to specialized art-history institutes in Rome. (1.5 course credits = 6 semester hours)  ​

Michelangelo and His World (ROME 340)

The life and works of Michelangelo painter, sculptor, and architect in historical context. Works include Bacchus, David, the early and late Pietà, the Sistine Chapel frescoes, the Medici Chapel, St. Peter’s dome, Moses, and the unfinished Slaves. Topics include Florence and Rome, genius and patronage, classicism and mannerism, and technique and neo-platonism. The academic excursion to Florence is an integral part of the course. The focus on Michelangelo is supplemented by contextual survey elements. The seminar component consists of reports and presentations on topics chosen in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: a course in art history.  Prof. Livio Pestilli (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)



Intensive Introductory Italian (ROME 101)

A course designed to develop a basic ability to read, write, understand, and speak Italian.
Prof. Elena Fossà or Prof. Ivana Rinaldi (1.5 course credits = 6 semester hours)

Advanced Introductory Italian (ROME 102)

Continuation of 101, emphasizing conversation, consolidation of basic grammar skills, compositions, and reading comprehension. Prerequisite: Italian 101 or equivalent.  Prof. Elena Fossà or Prof. Ivana Rinaldi (1.5 course credits = 6 semester hours)

Intermediate Italian I: Conversation and Composition (ROME 201)

A course to develop conversational and writing skills. A brief review of grammar and syntax will be followed by readings from a variety of texts to foster a solid command of the written and spoken language. Prerequisite: Italian 102 or equivalent.  Prof. Elena Fossà or Prof. Ivana Rinaldi (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)

Intermediate Italian II: Composition and Introduction to Literary Readings (ROME 202)

Practice in oral and written expression on topics in Italian culture, incorporating an introduction to literary genres (theater, poetry, and prose). Prerequisite: Italian 201 or equivalent.  Prof. Elena Fossà or Prof. Ivana Rinaldi (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)

Italian Culture (ROME 299)

Analysis and interpretation of elements of Italian culture. Topics may be drawn from literature, film, performing arts, fine arts, minor arts, anthropology, or contemporary media. Coursework is in Italian. Prerequisite: Intermediate Italian or equivalent.  Prof. Elena Fossà or Prof. Ivana Rinaldi (1 course credit = 4 semester hours) 



Discovering Italy (ROME 207)

This literature course will investigate the links between some of the most important English and Anglo-Irish twentieth-century writers and Italy. Through a close reading of major texts it will be emphasized how Italy played an important role in the artistic formation of these modern writers. In order to prepare the students for an analysis of all the possible layers of each text, the course will include some basic background in Italian history, philosophy, and literature. This background will mainly include elements of Italian culture which appear to have fascinated, and in some cases influenced, those authors whose works the course will explore. Six classes will be devoted respectively to the study of D.H. Lawrence, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett.   Prof. Chiara Lucarelli (1 course credit =4 semester hours

Italian Cinema (ROME 217)

Analysis and comparison of narrative, dramatic and technical elements of Italian cinema. Rossellini, Visconti, Antonioni, Fellini, the Taviani Brothers, Bertolucci, Moretti, Comencini and Salvatores are among those directors whose films may be viewed in class.  The course will be complemented by one or more outings to a local movie theater to view current films. Prof. Chiara Lucarelli (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)

Food and Culture (ROME 235)

In this course we will examine the relationship between food and culture in Italy from the Romans to the present. Topics include the roles of food in trade, belief systems, and the arts; regional differences; and the language of food. The seminar is supplemented by fieldwork in Rome.  Prof. Valentina Dorato (1 course credit = 4 semester hours) 

The City of Rome (ROME 250)

We will trace the profile and examine the fabric of the Eternal City from ancient to contemporary times, from insula to borgata. We will explore the city not as a showplace of famous monuments but as a complex pattern of historical, political, and social elements that have shaped its distinctive character. Classroom lectures alternate with site visits in Rome. Assignments include readings from a variety of disciplines and field research.  Prof. Valentina Dorato or Prof. Jan Gadeyne (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)

Sports and Society in Modern Italy (ROME 285)

This course will examine the role of sport (with an emphasis on soccer and cycling) in Italian society from historical and contemporary perspectives.  The course will consider the relationship between sports and issues such as gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nationalism, nation-building, the Italian economy, and the role of the media in order to determine how developments in sports have influenced, and have been influenced by, Italian politics and society.  Prof. S. Martin (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)



Childhood Development (ROME 246)

This Psychology course will follow development from birth through adolescence, with emphasis on the developing child in his intersubjective contexts, the interrelationship between different aspects of development (cognitive, physical, interpersonal and emotional and social), and childhood as the foundation of the adult personality.  Particular attention will be given to infant research and the implications of the findings of intersubjective infant researchers on later emerging characteristics of the child. Prof. Elaine Luti (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)

Architecture, Urbanism and Ideology in Mussolini's Rome (ROME 260)

This course will examine the role of Rome in the politics, propaganda, mythology and everyday life of the Fascist regime. Exploring the regime’s massive redevelopment program, the unit will consider the relationship between Fascism, ancient Rome and modern capital’s changing urban landscape. Connecting with issues such as gender, race, class, nationalism, nation-building and the economy, the mixture of lectures, class discussions and site visits will generate discussion and create awareness of how and why the city was a keystone in the regime’s attempt to create identity, manufacture consent while, at the same time, projecting a new Italy to the outside world.  Prof. S. Martin (1 course credit = 4 semester hours)​​

Public Finance: Local and International (Rome 306 and ECON 306)

A course in the economics of taxation, government spending, governmental finance and related policy issues in comparative institutional perspective.  Part I is a brief overview of the role of government from positive and normative perspectives.  Part II develops the economics of public choice and public finance in a range of institutional settings:  majority vs. unanimity voting, presidential vs. parliamentary democracy, federal vs. centralized states, dictatorships, and supranational institutions.  Part III applies the tools developed in parts I and II to special topics, which may include health-care and pension systems, taxation, appropriations, expenditures, bureaucracy, the size of government, and corruption.  Empirical examples are drawn from Italy and the EU, the U.S., and developing countries. Prof. Fabio Padovano (1 course credit = 4 semester hours).

Prerequisite:  A course in Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (Trinity prerequisite: ECON 301)  Textbooks: H. Rosen, Public Finance, 7th edition (MacGraw Hill) and D.C. Mueller, Public Choice III (Cambridge University Press).

Urban and Global Rome (Rome 270)

This is an interdisciplinary course that draws on perspectives from anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, economy and other relevant disciplines.  It offers the students local perspectives on globalization as it allows global perspectives on the city of Rome.  The intertwined processes of globalization and localization ("glocalization") will be addressed via an in-depth study of the city and the social, cultural, political, demographic and economic transformations Rome is currently going through.  On-site visits will enable students to experience alternative settings of the "Eternal City" and give them direct contact with local inhabitants and representatives of religious/ethnic minority groups.  Prof. Piero Vereni (1 course credit = 4 semester hours) 



Latin and Greek

The program can provide instruction in Latin or Greek at various levels for students whose majors require continued study in Rome. Students will be grouped according to broad ability levels in small group settings. Prof. Inge Weustink (1 course credit = 4 semester hours) 



Rome Internship Seminar (INTR 146)

A seminar limited to students who enroll in approved internships in Rome. Interns meet weekly or bi-weekly as a group with the TC/RC internship coordinator to review their internship experiences and to prepare and present the academic component of their internships. A principal topic is the culture of the workplace in Italy. Credit for the internships is granted through this seminar.  Prof. Elena Fossà (0.5 course credit = 2 semester hours)