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Director: A. Bugliani


The minor in Rome Studies builds upon a recognized strength of the college, the Rome Center of Liberal Arts in Rome, Italy, and the teaching of its expert faculty. The minor contributes to the universityís mission in preparing students to understand and to serve the world community. It allows students to capitalize on their Rome Center experience by packaging courses taken in Rome and other related courses taken in Chicago as a cohesive and unified sequence, utilizing existing courses, particularly those that make Rome, Italy or Europe an integral focus. It encourages study at the Rome Center of Liberal Arts, a distinctive and highly regarded component of the College.


Students who wish to complete a minor in Rome Studies must fulfill the following:

  • six courses (18 semester hours) from among those listed as applicable to the Rome Studies minor;
  • of the six courses, one must be the integrative course ROST 300, Italy: Culture and Contexts;
  • of the six courses, no more than two may come from a single department (cross-listed courses [other than with Rome Studies] e.g., CLST 307=FNAR 337 can be assigned to either department);
  • of the six courses, no more than two may be selected from among core courses;
  • in addition, a language competency of at least Italian 103 or Latin 132 or the equivalent must be attained; and
  • at least three courses needed for the minor must be taken in residence at the Rome Center of Liberal Arts (one of the three may be the course fulfilling the language competency requirement).

300. Italy: Culture and Contexts.
The civilization and culture of historical and present day Rome and Italy through the study of traditions, ancient and later, as they have come down to the present day, and the study of several aspects of the Italian culture and character from both national and regional perspectives, such as the image of Italy abroad; theatrical traditions; the importance of carnival, celebration, and gastronomy to Italian life; fairy tales and narrative; music; film; and fashion. Readings on Italian culture supplemented by on-site study, by theatrical, musical, and film presentations, by studentsí own experiences, and by their keeping a journal that integrates travel, on-site visits, and readings.

390. Special Topics in Rome Studies.
Focus on a selected topic related to ancient or modern Rome, either political, historical, sociological, literary, or any of a number of other approaches.

399. Directed Readings in Rome Studies.
The opportunity to work independently on a Rome-related subject or topic of a studentís choice.

The following courses are among the courses applicable to the minor in Rome Studies. Other appropriate courses that focus on Rome and/or Italy may be allowed toward the minor at the discretion of the director/academic dean.


276. Golden Age of Rome.

307. Etruscan and Roman Art. (FNAR 337)

395. Topography of Rome.


All literature courses in Latin numbered 271 or higher.


340. Italian Renaissance Art.

342. Art in Rome.

343. Baroque Art.


308. History of Rome to Constantine. (CLST 308)

335. Italy in the 19th and 20th Centuries. (INTS 335)


280. Masterpieces of Italian Literature.

281. Italian Novel.

282. Italian Drama.

283. Studies in Italian Authors.

284. Italian Film.


All literature courses in Italian numbered 270 or higher.


365. Italian Politics and Government. (INTS 365)

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