College of Arts & Sciences
Study Abroad Rome

Catholic Studies students have a unique opportunity to participate in a wide range of faculty-led study abroad academic programs.  Courses include trips to Ireland, Poland, Italy, England, Mexico, Spain, Australia and World youth Days.

Rome 2014: March 7-15

The Foundations of Christian Culture: Rome

Discover the roots of Christianity and the historical, cultural, literary and religious foundations of the Christian Church in Rome during Spring Break.

This 3-credit course/trip, will study historical, cultural, literary and religious foundations of the Christian Church in Rome. After considering the Christian view of history, the course/trip will study the monuments of ancient Rome (the Roman Forum, the Coliseum and the Pantheon), as well as the early Jewish settlements and the signs and symbols of the rst Christians in the city. The catacombs and the “scavi” under St. Peter’s. The stories and monuments of Peter and Paul. The rst “house-churches.” The New Testament and the earliest Christian literature. Persecutions and martyrs. The rst bishops of Rome and the new situation under Constantine. The basilicas, mosaics and emergence of Christian architecture in Rome. Other Roman sites will also be visited, including the Basilica of St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museums. The course in Rome will be led by professors from the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, see Accommodations at Villa Irlanda, on the premises of the Pontical College of Ireland in Rome, see

This course/trip may be taken for CAST or CORE 3 (for those who have taken CORE 1 and 2), or RELS and counts as 3 credits of Honors Seminar for students in the University Honors Program. Prior to leaving for Rome, the group will meet for ve two-hour sessions on the history and culture of classical and Christian Rome. During the trip, daily excursions and lectures will be given by scholars of Christianity in Rome. A daily academic journal will be kept during the trip and a major research paper will be expected from the course.

Trip Costs: $2900 including airfare, room, board and program activities. Some partial scholarship support will be made available from the Center for Catholic Studies for qualifying students. Tuition up to 18 credits included in Spring fees.

  • Twenty students will be accepted for the trip. 
  • Application for the trip consists of one-page statement describing why you wish to take the course/trip and what you hope to learn from it. Include your contact information, academic year, your major and GPA.
  • Apply early, this course fills quickly!
  • Send applications to by November 20, for early decision.
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Department of Catholic Studies
(973) 275-2808
Walsh Library Rm. 428

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