Loyola University Chicago

Rome Studies Minor

Rome Studies Minor


Naturally located in the northern rim of the Mediterranean, passageway between its Western and Eastern basins, Rome continues to be a crossroad of civilizations connecting the ancient, medieval, and modern world of Europe. Cradle of the artes liberales, birthplace of the first medical school, model of ancient republican values, center of Catholic spirituality and modern scientific secularism, Italy and Rome offer Loyola students a lifelong learning experience that combines rigorous study in the field of the humanities with self-discovery, the very essence of a Jesuit education. The Rome Studies Interdisciplinary Program builds upon a recognized strength among Loyola Campuses, the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC). Being uniquely structured around a study-abroad component, the minor prepares students not only for the world of work but also for the world of action, civic engagement, and international awareness that are required of a true global citizenship.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students minoring in Rome Studies will:

  • Acquire a lifelong learning experience abroad by spending a semester or a full academic year studying at the John Felice Rome Center

  • Identify major themes and patterns in the historical and cultural genealogy of Italy by linking its past classical heritage to contemporary times

  • Demonstrate first-hand experience of Italian culture in both academic and nonacademic settings  

  • Build on their knowledge of the Italian language by studying it in context with native instructors and peers

  • Achieve self-awareness of their role as active and engaged members of an expanding, global community outside of their own cultural system of reference

  • Capitalize on the opportunity to complete an international internship in their professional and career fields

Career Pathways

The minor in Rome Studies allows students to capitalize on their Rome Center experience by packaging courses taken in Rome, including an internship for credits, and other related courses taken in Chicago. Students can utilize these existing courses, as a cohesive and unified sequence, particularly those that make Rome, Italy, or Europe an integral focus. By incorporating a rigorous, international academic experience abroad within their curriculum, students minoring in Rome Studies demonstrate competence in a foreign language, a unique intercultural perspective, an international work experience, and the ability to apply critical thinking skills to global challenges, all assets that employers are seeking for, particularly in the field of law, international business, international affairs, public policy,and education.  The rigorous academic content of the Rome Studies curriculum provides a solid basis for students who intend to further their education by pursuing a graduate degree in Italian Studies, International and Global Studies, Classical Studies, Philosophy, Theology, History, History of Art, and the humanities at large.