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John Felice Rome Center

Rome Studies Minor

Director: Cristina Lombardi-Diop, PhD


The minor in Rome Studies builds upon a recognized strength among Loyola's campuses, the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) in Italy, and the teaching of its expert faculty.  The minor contributes to the University's 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 JFRC, a distinctive and highly regarded component of Loyola University Chicago.


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


ROSt 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 students' own experiences, and by their keeping a journal that integrates travel, on-site visits, and readings.

ROSt 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.

ROSt 399 Directed Readings in Rome Studies

The opportunity to work independently on a Rome-related subject or topic of a student's 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 program director.



All literature courses in Latin numbered 271 or higher.




All literature courses in Italian numbered 270 or higher





John Felice Rome Center · Sullivan Center for Student Services· 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
800.344.ROMA · rome@luc.edu

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