Interested 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 (www.laycentre.org), 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 www.villairlandaroma.it.
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 email@example.com 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 www.shu.edu/go/ccs.
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