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Study Abroad in Rome during Spring Break 2014
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Rome Study AbroadInterested in studying abroad in Rome over Spring Break? The Department of Catholic Studies announces a Spring 2014 3-credit course/trip, including a Spring Break trip to Rome, during March 7-15, 2014. Students will learn about the cultural, literary and religious foundations of the Christian Church in Rome, and experience the highlights of an ancient civilization first-hand. Apply now, the program fills quickly.

"The Foundations of Christian Cultures: Rome" Spring 2014 course counts as a CAST 3994, CORE 3748, RELS 3208SP or HONS SEMINAR. The class will meet for five two-hour sessions before the trip. Students will be required to keep a daily academic journal during their stay in Rome and to write a major research paper to complete the course.

Students will visit Roman monuments, such as the Coliseum and the Pantheon, the Basilica of St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums. Some of the other destinations include early Jewish settlements, signs and symbols of the first Christians in the city, catacombs, the "scavi" under St. Peter's, the first "house churches," the major basilicas, and monuments to Peter and Paul.

The major objectives of the course are to familiarize students with Ancient Rome as the context for the emergence of Christianity in the West; the iconography, art and literature of the first Christians in Rome; the emergence of Christian architecture in Rome; and the general history and thought of early Christianity in Rome. In Rome, classes will gather at the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas (, whose professors will also guide students through major sites.

Students will stay at the Villa Irlanda on the premises of the Pontifical College of Ireland in Rome. For more information about the hotel, see

The trip costs $2900 in total, including airfare, room, board and program activities. The course's tuition will be a part of Spring 2014 tuition as long as students do not schedule over 18 credit hours. Some partial scholarship support will be available for qualifying students.

To apply, write a one-page statement describing why you want to take the course/ go on the trip and what you want to learn from your study abroad experience, including the course. Include your contact information, academic year, major and GPA. Send completed applications--that consist of the previously-mentioned material-- to Danute Nourse at by November 20, 2013 for early decision. The program is open to 20 students.

This Study Abroad opportunity is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies.

For more information, contact Danute Nourse, or go to

For more information please contact:
Danute Nourse
(973) 275-2525


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