Loyola University Chicago

Rome Studies Minor

Rome Studies Minor


Naturally located towards the southern rim of the Mediterranean, passageway between its Western and Eastern basins, Italy 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 offers Loyola students a lifelong learning experience that combines rigorous study with self-discovery, the very essence of a Jesuit education. The Rome Studies Program, with its study-abroad component, prepares students not only for the world of work but also for the world of action, civic engagement, and leadership required of a true global citizen.

A minor in Rome Studies will allow you to travel through Italy and Europe, immerse yourself in the Old World, and discover the roots of your descendants while exploring the secrets of gusto for life. Learn about classical mythology and Roman law, discover the masterpieces of European literature, extend your knowledge of history while learning Italian. Your international and intercultural perspective, competence in a foreign language, ability to apply critical thinking methods to problem-solving challenges, and your increased confidence in communicating your ideas are assets that employers are looking for, whether in the field of medicine, law, business, international affairs, public policy, science, education and the humanities. 


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.