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Spring Break 2012 Study Abroad course/trip in Rome for 3 Credit Hours
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VaticanThe Center for Catholic Studies’ spring course, Foundations of Christian Culture: Rome (CAST 3994 or CORE 3748 for those who have taken Core 1 and 2) includes a Course Trip to Rome from Thursday, March 8 to Saturday, March 17, 2012. Preliminary trip costs are estimated at $2,600. Applicants wishing to be entered into scholarship consideration should submit their applications by December 1, 2011.

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, this 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 first Christians in the city. The catacombs and the “scavi” under St. Peter’s. The stories and monuments of Peter and Paul. The first “house-churches.” The New Testament and the earliest Christian literature. Persecutions and martyrs. The first 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.

This course/trip may be taken for CAST or CORE 3 credits, for those who have already taken the first two Core Curriculum courses, The Journey of Transformation and Christianity and Culture in Dialogue.

Prior to leaving for Rome, the group will meet for three two-hour sessions on the history and culture of classical and Christian Rome. A common set of readings will be provided. In addition to these general lectures, specific lectures will be given during the trip by scholars of ancient Christianity in Rome. A daily academic journal will be kept during the trip and a major research paper will be expected from the course.

Preliminary trip costs for Spring Break excursion to Rome: $2,600, including airfare, room, board and program activities. 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 course/trip consists of a one-page statement, describing why you want to take this course/trip and what you hope to get out of it.
  • The application should also include your academic year, major and GPA.
  • Application should be made to The Center for Catholic Studies and e-mailed to before December 1, 2011.
  • Those accepted will be notified before December 15, 2011.
  • For more information call (973) 275-2525 or email

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About the Center for Catholic Studies:
Seton Hall University’s Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture. To that end, it sponsors an undergraduate degree program for students, focusing on interdisciplinary studies, with opportunities for community, service, scholarship and foreign study. The Center is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute, the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics and their publications. The Center offers study and research, as well as an ongoing program on faith and culture, social justice, business and the economy, for audiences world-wide.

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For more information please contact:
Sarah Adlis
(973) 275-2175


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