Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by semester. Read on for more information about specific academic programs. Courses denoted with an * are open to all students regardless of major. Most have no prerequisites, but check the catalog or talk with an advisor for details.
Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is an ideal place to study architecture, art, and design. The city has more than 100 museums devoted to the fine arts; and city center is a museum in itself, filled with meticulously preserved architecture dating from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Through Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) in Florence, students will encounter the rebirth of architecture in Europe and witness in person the historical evolution of European art, interior design, and urbanism – including the opportunity to explore the contemporary art and design scene in Italy.
Undergraduate Architectural Studies (Fall only):
Undergraduate Interior Design:
ARCH 55707 Representation in Design
ARCH 6010 Graduate Design Studio
ARCH 60301 Theories of Architecture
UD 66995 History of the Public Realm
UD 66995 Cities and People
UD 66995 Field Study on European Cities
Arts and Sciences
Classes in the Arts and Sciences cohort are available to all students who meet the prerequisites.
ITAL 15201 Elementary Italian I*
ITAL 15202 Elementary Italian II*
ITAL 25201 Intermediate Italian I*
ITAL 25202 Intermediate Italian II*
ITAL 35211 Italian Composition & Conversation I*
ITAL 35213 Conversation & Composition II*
As the world economy has become profoundly interdependent and even a small company may have customers around the world, those embarking on careers in business must understand the global marketplace and the issues involved in working with people of other cultures. The Kent State Florence European Business Program is ideal for students pursuing a major in business management or a minor in international business. In addition to coursework in Florence, students visit such European financial and business centers as Milan and Geneva. They learn from international business leaders and CEOs during workshops and guest lectures.
CCI Florence (College of Communication and Information) offers courses designed to take advantage of the international setting while keeping students focused on their majors and progressing toward their degrees. Students can acquire or advance skills in such courses as Practicum in European Media, in which they work in small teams to create documentary films using advanced digital technology. Through CCI Florence, Global Communication majors can complete their study abroad requirement and progress in their language requirement, and Applied Communication majors can complete their Practicum requirement.
EDUCATION, health, and human services
The Kent State Florence Teacher Education Semester is designed to provide all education majors with a meaningful international experience that allows continued progress toward degree and licensure. School visits and cultural field experiences are integrated into the semester’s study. Kent State is the first university to offer an International Baccalaureate Early Childhood teaching program, which prepares graduates to seek employment at IB schools. Students in the Teacher Education Semester will acquire further global learning experience that will enhance career opportunities in the United States and abroad.
Event Planning Minor
The Event Planning Minor Cohort Courses are designed for all Kent State students who desire to add a minor that will enhance their global learning experience and their future professional career aspirations.
The Kent State Florence Fashion program provides junior-level Fashion Design and Merchandising students the opportunity to take design studio and merchandising classes to complete major requirements, while exploring Italian fashion and culture through various study tours. During spring semesters, students attend premier Italian trade shows and visit Italian destinations known for fashion and textiles, such as Milan, Como, Prato, and Rome. In fall semesters they visit European fashion capitals such as London and Paris, as well as important Italian locations for investigating components of the fashion industry.
ITAL 15204 Basic Conversational Italian
FDM 30171 Florence Fashion Design Studio I
FDM 30260 Product Development in the Fashion Industry
The Honors in Florence program is designed to offer Honors College students uniquely challenging and engaging experiences in this remarkable and vibrant historic setting. Students will gain an international perspective and learn about other cultures through a variety of curricular offerings and educational travel opportunities tailored for them. Students studying in Florence who complete the Honors Study Away Contract will receive three Honors credit hours for meeting all the contract requirements. They may receive additional Honors credit hours if they complete one or more of the Honors courses available in Florence. Courses available for Honors credit include:
*Indicates classes open to all students. Some classes may have prerequisites.