Course Descriptions

Trinity College Rome Campus courses are taught by a mixture of Trinity College Rome Campus faculty.  

All students must receive approval for major, minor, and general requirements credit. All students should receive approval from their major department for courses to count towards their major and work with their minor coordinator on their minor. Visiting students should receive approval for all courses through the appropriate process at their home institution.
Visiting students, it is important to note that 1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours. You need to check with your study abroad office and registrar’s office to see how many courses you will need to take in Rome to fulfill the minimum amount of credits you need per semester at your home institution. 

 
Please note that all course information is subject to change at any time.
To request syllabi, please contact the Trinity Rome Campus Coordinator.


Rome Campus Courses  Fall 2020


 
Drawing from Masterpieces - ROME 120
Term Offered: Fall ONLY
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
Additional fee required for supplies: $150
 
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.​

Rome Internship Seminar - ROME 146
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

A seminar limited to students who enroll in approved internships in Rome. Interns meet weekly or bi-weekly as a group with the Trinity College Rome Campus internship director to review their internship experiences and to prepare and present the academic component of their internships. Credit for the internships is granted through this seminar.
 
Rome through the Ages. Art and Architecture of the Eternal City - ROME 181
Term Offered: Fall ONLY
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

Rome, the Eternal city, is universally famed for its unbroken millenary artistic tradition, resulting from its unique history. From the founding art and architecture of the metropolis of the Ancient Roman emperors to the splendor of the basilicas of Christian Rome, from the magnificent art commissioned by the Renaissance and Baroque popes to more recent re-interpretations of its momentous past, the art of Rome is indeed paradigmatic of western art in general.
The course will survey the art and architecture of Rome from antiquity to contemporary times, with on-site examination of masterpieces of painting, sculpture, architecture, and urbanism and careful attention to their specific historical contexts and interrelated meanings. The evolving urbanism of the city and the development of an architectural vocabulary, of codes of representation and self-representation, of visual narrative strategies, and the survival of the classical tradition will be the focus of the course. The essential contribution of the art and architecture of Rome to the development of western art and architecture will thus be thoroughly investigated. The course will furthermore consider how its long architectural and artistic tradition reflects on contemporary art and architecture, and, more generally, on the life of the city of Rome, facing related issues of cultural heritage and preservation.

Economics of Art - ROME 208
Term Offered: Fall ONLY
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Introductory Economics​
 

Is art just another commodity? Or is art beyond the normal laws of economics? This course will examine markets and policy in the arts to determine how and why the arts are special. Topics include the value of priceless art, the starving artist, subsidies for the arts, and the role of non-profits, patronage, and investing in art. There will be guest speakers from the Roman art world. (Trinity College Prerequisite: C- or better in Economics 101).


Contemporary Italy through Cinema - ROME 217
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
This course uses film as a lens to explore important topics in Contemporary Italy, such as immigration, the political climate, the mafia, unemployment, youth culture, the contemporary Italian family, and gender politics.  Through the works of important film directors like Fellini, Salvatores, Giordana, Sorrentino and other important directors, students will gain a deep understanding of the multifaceted and complex aspects of contemporary Italy and learn to critically analyze changes in society and culture through film.
 
Art Conservation - ROME 224
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
An introduction to the history, theory, techniques, institutions and policies of art conservation. Students will deepen their understanding and appreciation of art by viewing masterpieces as complex, vulnerable materials that require our involvement in conservation if we are to grasp and preserve the artists’ message. We will examine firsthand outstanding examples of art conservation in several media and from different periods in history. Works may include ancient Etruscan tombs in Tarquinia, Egyptian paintings of the 3rd century, the huge Montelparo polyptych of the 15th century, Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, the Casina Pio IV (a beautiful 16th-century structure in the Vatican Gardens that has been comprehensively restored) and its stucco decorations, and gypsum casts of sculptures by Canova. We will discuss criteria and policies for selecting particular works of art for conservation (and necessarily neglecting others) when resources are scarce. We will also discuss preventive conservation, particularly the importance of environment and the ideal parameters for temperature humidity, air quality, and lighting. Slide lectures in the classroom alternate with on-site instruction at museums, monuments, and conservation workshops.  

The City of Rome - ROME 250
Term Offered: Fall ONLY
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
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.


Migration, Citizenship, and Borders in Italy - ROME 261
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

The course aims at offering a theoretical and practical trip throughout Italy, by following its migratory experience. Despite of the current attention to the so called “migration crisis” happened in 2015 as a unique and unprecedented case, Italy has an historical relationship with migration and related issues (mobility, citizenship rights, border crossing).  Our trip starts with the historical background of Italy as a country of emigration, and will end with an analysis of the current condition of Italy as a country of immigration. This journey shall pass through the narration of diverse experiences that characterize the contemporary complex identity of Italy and its inhabitants: Italians abroad, Roma and Sinti, postcolonial citizens, historical migrant enclaves, the presence of refugees, asylum seekers, and irregular migrants. The current debate on the access to citizenship rights in Italy is strongly connected to the Italian history of migration. The course shall examine the Italian path by exploring continuously, week by week, the concepts of citizenship and belonging, their changes in history, their socio-political impact and the place they have in the contemporary Italian political discussion. The concept of border and policies on border crossing will be analyzed as crucial aspects to understand how Italians conceive mobility and their belonging to the nation-state: who has the right to be ‘inside’? When a border is perceived as physical, and when does it become intangible?  During the course, the students will be asked to reflect on the notions of identity (both national and local), on challenges to the borders of the nation-state and on the policies about citizenship, by using migration as a privileged interpretative instrument.


Urban and Global Rome - ROME 270
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
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 ("globalization") 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.


Love and Eros in Ancient Rome - ROME 272
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on the role of love and sexuality in the everyday life in Ancient Rome. Exploration of selected readings (Ovid, Horace, Petronius, Catullus, Juvenal and other authors) concentrates on the representation of women, family, children and slaves during the last decades of Republican Rome and the imperial times. The questions of gender identity and views on homosexuality, prostitution, female and male seduction are considered. Finally, the course brings together instructions for finding love and love-making found in the text and the existing ancient roman topography.


Myth, Memory, and Meaning- ROME 276 -
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

This course will take the construction memory and identity in Rome and as means of analysing the country and nation’s post-Unification development. Through a combination of class lectures and discussions and site visits to key places of memory and identity construction in Rome, students will gain a knowledge of the capital’s key role in the creation of modern Italy, in addition to an in-depth understanding of the difficulties encountered in state and identity formation up until the present day. Providing a solid grounding in Italian history it will also introduce students to memory studies and the importance of not just history but the manner and nature of its construction, especially through monuments, to contemporary society and politics.
 
Public Finance - ROME 306
Term Offered: Fall ONLY
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomics
 

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. (Trinity College Prerequisite: C+ or better in Economics 301). ​​


The European Union: History, Political Economy, and Society - ROME 327
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Seminar
 1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
 This course is organized around a series of controversies regarding the European Union.  The EU has become the world's largest market, with over 500 million people.  It is unique in world history in creating a form of government across 27 nation states without military conquest or force.  It has become an economic, diplomatic and arguably a political actor at a superpower level, though militarily it remains less important.  What is Europe exactly?  How far can it or should it expand?  Is Europe Christian, Secular, Liberal, Socialist?  Who else should join - Turkey, Russia, Israel, North African countries?  Is the European Social Model an alternative to American Free Market policies?  Can it Survive Globalization?  Can Europe replace the US a leader of the West?  How does the EU work-is it really democratic?  If so, how do the citizens of 27 countries influence their continental governmental bodies?  Who is in charge and how do the institutions of Europe work?  Is the Euro the future reserve money for the world economy, replacing the dollar?  
 
Michelangelo and His World - ROME 340
Term Offered: Fall ONLY
Seminar
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: One course in Art History
 
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.


ITALIAN LANGUAGE
 ***All students are required to take an Italian language course in Rome***


 
​Intensive Introductory Italian - ROME 101
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1.5 Trinity course credits = 5.25 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
A course designed to develop a basic ability to read, write, understand, and speak Italian.
 
Advanced Introductory Italian - ROME 102
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1.5 Trinity course credits = 5.25 semester hours
Prerequisite: Italian 101 or equivalent
 
Continuation of 101, emphasizing conversation, consolidation of basic grammar skills, compositions, and reading comprehension.
 
Intermediate Italian I: Conversation and Composition - ROME 201
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Italian 102 or equivalent
 
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.
 
Intermediate Italian II: Composition and Introduction to Literary Readings - ROME 202
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Italian 102 or equivalent
 
Practice in oral and written expression on topics in Italian culture, incorporating an introduction to literary genres (theater, poetry, and prose).
 
Italian Culture - ROME 299
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Intermediate Italian or its equivalent
 
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.

 
Intermediate Latin Tutorial - ROME 410
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
The program can provide instruction in Latin 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.

 
Advanced Latin Tutorial  - ROME 460
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
The program can provide instruction in Latin 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.
 
Ancient Greek Tutorial - ROME 460
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
Prof. TBA
Prerequisite: None
 
The program can provide instruction in Ancient 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.
 
 
 


 

Rome Campus Courses  Spring 2021



 
Rome Internship Seminar - ROME 146
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

A seminar limited to students who enroll in approved internships in Rome. Interns meet weekly or bi-weekly as a group with the Trinity College Rome Campus internship director to review their internship experiences and to prepare and present the academic component of their internships. Credit for the internships is granted through this seminar.


Photographing Rome - ROME 212
Term Offered:  Spring ONLY
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

This course offers a theoretical and practical introduction to and overview of photography set in the city of Rome. The course will provide a parallel approach to photography which will alternate the analysis of important photographic works with a technical, practical introduction to the medium through a variety of photographic projects and activities aimed at engaging students with the various faces and identities of the urban and rural landscapes of Rome and Italy more generally. Students will come away from the course with an improved technical knowledge of the medium of photography and a heightened sensibility to the photographic image, a keener capacity to “see” and produce images.  By the end of this course, students will have an understanding and a general knowledge of various photographic genres and its practices within the various world of contemporary art, publishing, etc. and will know how to correctly operate a camera and how to use it adequately for their desired purposes.
 

Contemporary Italy through Cinema - ROME 217
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
This course uses film as a lens to explore important topics in Contemporary Italy, such as immigration, the political climate, the mafia, unemployment, youth culture, the contemporary Italian family, and gender politics.  Through the works of important film directors like Fellini, Salvatores, Giordana, Sorrentino and other important directors, students will gain a deep understanding of the multifaceted and complex aspects of contemporary Italy and learn to critically analyze changes in society and culture through film.

 
Art Conservation - ROME 224
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
An introduction to the history, theory, techniques, institutions and policies of art conservation. Students will deepen their understanding and appreciation of art by viewing masterpieces as complex, vulnerable materials that require our involvement in conservation if we are to grasp and preserve the artists’ message. We will examine firsthand outstanding examples of art conservation in several media and from different periods in history. Works may include ancient Etruscan tombs in Tarquinia, Egyptian paintings of the 3rd century, the huge Montelparo polyptych of the 15th century, Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, the Casina Pio IV (a beautiful 16th-century structure in the Vatican Gardens that has been comprehensively restored) and its stucco decorations, and gypsum casts of sculptures by Canova. We will discuss criteria and policies for selecting particular works of art for conservation (and necessarily neglecting others) when resources are scarce. We will also discuss preventive conservation, particularly the importance of environment and the ideal parameters for temperature humidity, air quality, and lighting. Slide lectures in the classroom alternate with on-site instruction at museums, monuments, and conservation workshops. 


Economics of Corruption – ROME 236
Term Offered: Spring ONLY
Lecture
1 Trinity credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

This course will address the problem of incentives and constraints faced by politicians when choosing public policies and will illustrate the pathologies which may affect the correct functioning of institutions. Corruption, which is a multi-facet phenomenon, is considered by several international organization a severe obstacle to economic and social development in both developing and developed countries. The course analyzes corruption and addresses the following issues: the existence of a plurality of measures which describe the phenomenon at both national and regional level and in different sectors; the multiplicity of causes of corruption (economic, social, politico-institutional, juridical); the direct and indirect effects of corruption on economic growth; the anti-corruption policies. During the class several case-studies like EU, Italy, U.S. will be illustrated.

 
Power and Devotion in the Art of Early Christian and Medieval Rome - ROME 238
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Seminar
 1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
This course will investigate the birth and evolution of Christian Art in Rome. As the Center of Western Christianity, embodied in the figure Pope (the “vicar of Christ”), Rome came to be the artistic reference point for all of Europe. Emphasizing the Glory of the “true God” and the Triumph of the Church, the Early Christian Art and Architecture of Rome remained intrinsically linked to the city’s pagan past, which it both repurposed and built upon. This multilayered genesis was further enriched by the encounter with the artistic experiences of Constantinople, the new capital of the Roman Empire (later labelled as “Byzantine”). Not only Rome, but also other important cities in Italy, and in particular Ravenna (which we will visit during a weekend course trip) are a testimony to this dialogue between past and present. In our examination of the development of intellectual, spiritual and political meaning in the art work of the period, as the course progresses, we will see how the papacy increasingly expressed and consolidated its spiritual and political authority through artistic images between the 11th and 13th centuries. The proclamation of the “Holy year” in 1300 with its unprecedented output of masterpieces by some of the greatest artists of the time (Arnolfo, Giotto and Cavallini) marks the apex of this project.

Migration, Citizenship, and Borders in Italy - ROME 261
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

The course aims at offering a theoretical and practical trip throughout Italy, by following its migratory experience. Despite of the current attention to the so called “migration crisis” happened in 2015 as a unique and unprecedented case, Italy has an historical relationship with migration and related issues (mobility, citizenship rights, border crossing).  Our trip starts with the historical background of Italy as a country of emigration, and will end with an analysis of the current condition of Italy as a country of immigration. This journey shall pass through the narration of diverse experiences that characterize the contemporary complex identity of Italy and its inhabitants: Italians abroad, Roma and Sinti, postcolonial citizens, historical migrant enclaves, the presence of refugees, asylum seekers, and irregular migrants. The current debate on the access to citizenship rights in Italy is strongly connected to the Italian history of migration. The course shall examine the Italian path by exploring continuously, week by week, the concepts of citizenship and belonging, their changes in history, their socio-political impact and the place they have in the contemporary Italian political discussion. The concept of border and policies on border crossing will be analyzed as crucial aspects to understand how Italians conceive mobility and their belonging to the nation-state: who has the right to be ‘inside’? When a border is perceived as physical, and when does it become intangible?  During the course, the students will be asked to reflect on the notions of identity (both national and local), on challenges to the borders of the nation-state and on the policies about citizenship, by using migration as a privileged interpretative instrument.

Urban and Global Rome - ROME 270
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
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 ("globalization") 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.


Love and Eros in Ancient Rome - ROME 272
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on the role of love and sexuality in the everyday life in Ancient Rome. Exploration of selected readings (Ovid, Horace, Petronius, Catullus, Juvenal and other authors) concentrates on the representation of women, family, children and slaves during the last decades of Republican Rome and the imperial times. The questions of gender identity and views on homosexuality, prostitution, female and male seduction are considered. Finally, the course brings together instructions for finding love and love-making found in the text and the existing ancient roman topography.



Women and Art - ROME 274
Term Offered:  Spring ONLY
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
The course focuses on women’s presence as artists, patrons, and subjects in the art of Rome, through major artistic periods: antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque. The richness of monuments and works of art in the Eternal City provides ample evidence for on site analysis and discussions in the light of women’s studies. The last part of the course is a monographic study of the Roman-born Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. The course considers not only the life and career of this woman artist in its historical context – with direct analysis of her works in Rome and Florence, and of the archival documents concerning her life - but also the impulse the study of her experience has given to women’s studies in the field of the history of art. A final class will devote attention to women’s presence in the contemporary Roman artistic scene.

 
Continuity and Transformation of the Ancient Mediterranean: Rome, Constantinople and Damascus - ROME 275
Term Offered: Spring ONLY
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
 This course intends to study the historical events that dramatically transformed the Mediterranean world from the “Fall of Rome” to rise of Islamic rule in the Eastern Mediterranean (3rd-8th cent. AD). It will be mainly based upon archaeological and literary sources and give the students an insight in the complex geo-political developments that redefined the political, religious, economic and cultural relations in the region, with particular regard for the events in Italy, Constantinople, Western Europe, Northern Africa and the Near East. The course will include a three day academic excursion to Milan, Brescia and Ravenna. 


Sports & Society in Modern Italy - ROME 285
Term Offered: Spring ONLY 
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
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 been influenced by Italian politics and society.


The European Union: History, Political Economy, and Society - ROME 327
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Seminar
 1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
 This course is organized around a series of controversies regarding the European Union.  The EU has become the world's largest market, with over 500 million people.  It is unique in world history in creating a form of government across 27 nation states without military conquest or force.  It has become an economic, diplomatic and arguably a political actor at a superpower level, though militarily it remains less important.  What is Europe exactly?  How far can it or should it expand?  Is Europe Christian, Secular, Liberal, Socialist?  Who else should join - Turkey, Russia, Israel, North African countries?  Is the European Social Model an alternative to American Free Market policies?  Can it Survive Globalization?  Can Europe replace the US a leader of the West?  How does the EU work-is it really democratic?  If so, how do the citizens of 27 countries influence their continental governmental bodies?  Who is in charge and how do the institutions of Europe work?  Is the Euro the future reserve money for the world economy, replacing the dollar?   


Power and Devotion in the Art of Early Christian and Medieval Rome - ROME 338
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Seminar
 1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
This course will investigate the birth and evolution of Christian Art in Rome. As the Center of Western Christianity, embodied in the figure Pope (the “vicar of Christ”), Rome came to be the artistic reference point for all of Europe. Emphasizing the Glory of the “true God” and the Triumph of the Church, the Early Christian Art and Architecture of Rome remained intrinsically linked to the city’s pagan past, which it both repurposed and built upon. This multilayered genesis was further enriched by the encounter with the artistic experiences of Constantinople, the new capital of the Roman Empire (later labelled as “Byzantine”). Not only Rome, but also other important cities in Italy, and in particular Ravenna (which we will visit during a weekend course trip) are a testimony to this dialogue between past and present. In our examination of the development of intellectual, spiritual and political meaning in the art work of the period, as the course progresses, we will see how the papacy increasingly expressed and consolidated its spiritual and political authority through artistic images between the 11th and 13th centuries. The proclamation of the “Holy year” in 1300 with its unprecedented output of masterpieces by some of the greatest artists of the time (Arnolfo, Giotto and Cavallini) marks the apex of this project.


Bernini and His World - ROME 342
Term Offered: Spring ONLY
Seminar
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: One course in Art History
 
The course will focus on the art of Gianlorenzo Bernini's oeuvre in the context of late-sixteenth and seventeenth-century Italian art and society. Students will investigate the artistic evolution of the sculptor/architect, the influence he exerted on his contemporaries, the legacy he left to posterity, as well as the literary and biographical texts that shaped the image of the artist as we have come to know him. The weekly lectures will be complemented by weekly on-site visits to museums (such as the Borghese Gallery and the Palazzo Barberini), churches (such as Sant' Andrea al Quirinale and St. Peter's Basilica) and sites usually inaccessible to general visitor (such as the Oratorio del Gonfalone, the Casino Rospigliosi and the archives of the Accademia di San Luca)/ The seminar component of the course consists of reports and on-site presentations by the students. 

In addition to the regular classes,  students visit the marble quarries in Carrera (from where Michelangelo and Bernini got their marble) and the Nicoli sculpture studio. While at the former site the class will be to see how marble is quarried and transported, at the latter venue students will learn about various types of marble used by artists to this day, sculpting tools and techniques, and sculpture reproduction on various scales from original plaster models.  On the way back to Rome, students will spend one night in the town of Orvieto where they will see Francesco Mochi’s famous sculpture ensemble The Archangel Gabriel and Virgin Mary as well as the impressive Baroque sculpture collection in the Church of Sant’Agostino, formerly located in the Orvieto cathedral.

 
Economics of Religion - ROME 358
Term Offered: Spring ONLY 
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomics
 
The course provides deeper understanding of religious phenomena, behaviors and institutions in (post)modern societies. Economic tools of the analysis of human behavior are applied to explain individual behavior in religious contexts. Special attention will be devoted to phenomena that apparently defy the rational choice paradigm dominant in economic science, such as martyrdom. Attention will be also devoted to the impact of religious behaviors on economic performance, work ethic and market exchanges and institutions. The course offers an introduction to methods offered by economic analysis for the study of religious phenomena. The intervention of an outside speaker possibly from the Vatican with a direct expertise in financial issues will be organized. (Trinity College Students Prerequisite: C+ or better in Economics 301. Visiting Students should have completed Intermediate Microeconomics).
ITALIAN LANGUAGE
 ***All students are required to take an Italian language course in Rome***


 
​Intensive Introductory Italian - ROME 101
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1.5 Trinity course credits = 5.25 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
A course designed to develop a basic ability to read, write, understand, and speak Italian.
 
Advanced Introductory Italian - ROME 102
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1.5 Trinity course credits = 5.25 semester hours
Prerequisite: Italian 101 or equivalent
 
Continuation of 101, emphasizing conversation, consolidation of basic grammar skills, compositions, and reading comprehension.
 
Intermediate Italian I: Conversation and Composition - ROME 201
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Italian 102 or equivalent
 
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.
 
Intermediate Italian II: Composition and Introduction to Literary Readings - ROME 202
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Italian 102 or equivalent
 
Practice in oral and written expression on topics in Italian culture, incorporating an introduction to literary genres (theater, poetry, and prose).
 
Italian Culture - ROME 299
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: Intermediate Italian or its equivalent
 
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.

 
Intermediate Latin Tutorial - ROME 410
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None

The program can provide instruction in Latin 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.

 
Advanced Latin Tutorial  - ROME 460
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
1 Trinity course credit = 3.5 semester hours
Prerequisite: None
 
The program can provide instruction in Latin 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.
 
Ancient Greek Tutorial - ROME 460
Term Offered: Fall and Spring
Lecture
Prof. TBA
Prerequisite: None
 
The program can provide instruction in Ancient 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.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 

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