Arts, History, Humanities
Ancient to Medieval Rome
Ancient to Medieval Rome explores the rise and development of the city of Rome and the Roman Empire from the foundation of the city through the conversion to Christianity and the early medieval period. Our focus will be on the monuments, art, and physical remains of the Romans themselves, and how these connect to the history of Rome.
An introductory course to the broad field of advertising. The course includes a study of integrated brand promotion, the role of advertising in modern society, and advertising in mass media. The class examines the structure of the industry as well as advertising planning and execution.
Art and Culture in Italy
Several civilizations and cultures have left an impressive collection of unique art and architectural masterpieces in Italy. This course describes the evolution of culture and aesthetics, and their immediate relationship with the creation of these works. The course includes site visits and lectures. Requirements include individual research projects (class presentation) and a final exam.
Evil and Good
A study of evil and good in art, literature, religion and philosophy focuses on actual issues of evil and good in human social life. Concepts of evil and good in both Western and non-Western cultures will be surveyed. The course will also provide an introduction to strategies for ethical decision making. We will survey some of the most important theories of ethical decision-making in the Western, Indian, and Chinese philosophical traditions. We will apply these theories to several contemporary ethical issues. We will also use these theories in our study of some prominent examples of evil and good in history, literature, scripture, and art.
Human Behavior & Physical Environment
This course provides an introduction to the range of viewpoints, concepts, and characteristics of human behavior that need to be considered during the design process. Cultural, social, psychological and physiological factors are examined. Various theories and methods of environmental assessment and design are studied that are based on an understanding of mutually supportive relationships between people and their physical environment.
International Communication & Globalization
This course examines the impact of globalization on the production, dissemination and consumption of media technology and messages. This course will examine how the media are used to convey information about national and international events along with the implications of this communication. Examples considered will include President George H. W. Bush using CNN to communicate with Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War and current President Donald Trump using Twitter to communicate with the national and global communities. Individual topics concerning globalization will be explored.
International Studies Seminar
The capstone course in international studies involves intensive study of major global trends and issues. Students choose a research project culminating in a senior thesis to meet the College writing requirement. Prerequisite: PLSC 2813 or INST 2013 or equivalent. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
Introduction to Global Studies
A historical and contemporary overview of the relations and interactions between peoples across borders, between cultures and societies, states and non-state actors, governments and non-governmental organizations, and economies, both local and global. Focus on differing disciplinary approaches to international and global studies, the transformations caused by the process of globalization, and a survey of current global issues and problems.
Issues in Advertising & Public Relations
A seminar course involving the critical examination of the major cultural, social, political, economic, ethical and/or persuasion theories and/or issues relevant to advertising and public relations affecting individuals, organizations and societies. When taught in Rome, the class compares topics such as advertising regulation, advertising self-regulation and major issues including advertising to children and portrayals of gender in advertising in Europe and the United States.
Living in Rome
The purpose of this course is to understand how daily life in Rome from the Roman Empire to present times has been influenced by religion, art and history. The class will be structured in chronological sections, each one related to a specific change of mentality and behavior: the history of women and men in relationship to their rules in a society administrated by emperors, popes, aristocrats and, finally, by a dictator will be considered.
Medieval to Modern Rome
Medieval to Modern Rome explores Rome’s continuing place in the world beginning in the medieval period, continuing through the rebirth of the city during the Renaissance and Baroque, through Rome’s new place as the capital of unified Italy in the 19th century. Our focus will be on the churches, palaces, art, and urban planning of the city, and how these connect to the history of Rome.
This course involves the study of the nature and function of the communication process as it operates in the political environment. Political Communication concerns the intentions of its senders in efforts to influence the political environment. The crucial factor that makes communication ‘political’ is not the source of a message, but its content and purpose. The study of political communication is clearly interdisciplinary so the class will draw upon theory across a range of academic disciplines.
Rome’s Heritage and Modern Times in Europe
This course provides a socio-economic overview of Rome from the 18th century to 1948. It analyzes the urban, social, political, and economic changes that occurred after the French Revolution and after the fall of the secular power of Popes. Rome as the capital city of a united Italy will be studied and seen through the lens of foreign travelers, intellectuals, artists, journalists and photographers who visited and loved the city, finally choosing it as their everlasting residence.