Course offerings are subject to change and may vary each summer.  The following classes are open to all students.  Most classes have no prerequisites, but check the catalog or talk with an advisor for details.  Be sure  to meet with your academic advisor to discuss which courses are best fit with the requirements for your major.

Italian

ITAL 15201 Elementary Italian I

Course Name: ITAL 15201 Elementary Italian I

Description: An introduction to the Italian language in the context of Italian culture.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

ITAL 15202 Elementary Italian II

Course Name: ITAL 15202 Elementary Italian II

Description: A continuation of the introduction to the Italian language in the context of Italian culture. 

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites: Italian 15201 or equivalent

Open to all students prerequisite.

ITAL 25202 Intermediate Italian II

Course Name: ITAL 25202 Intermediate Italian II

Description: Continuation of ITAL 25201 and speaking, listening, reading and writing skills using a variety of cultural materials.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Italian 25201 or permission

Open to all students prerequisite.


Communications

COMM 45091 The Genius of Florence

Course Name: COMM 45091 The Genius of Florence

Description: Students spend a semester in Florence, but they spend so much time traveling that it’s not unusual for them to finish the semester with little understanding of Florence itself or what defines the city and its people. This course is designed to give students a brief introduction to the genius and uniqueness of Florence. Course meetings will take place mostly at relevant locations, such as churches, streets, and museums, rather than in the classroom, as the purpose of the course is to begin to familiarize the students with the city and to train their eyes to notice and comprehend what is around them. Because this is a one-credit course taking place over 14 weeks, weekly meetings would be limited to a single meeting of one to two hours, with an expectation of an additional 30 minutes to one hour spent independently researching and/or journaling. In all, the course is meant to be more fun and fascinating than laborious and taxing, and the workload should be commensurate with the fact that only one credit is being earned.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

CCI 40095 Italian Cinema

Course Name: CCI 40095 Italian Cinema

Description: The course introduces the student to the world of Italian Cinema. In the first part the class will be analyzing Neorealism, a cinematic phenomenon that deeply influenced the ideological and aesthetic rules of film art. In the second part we will concentrate on the films that mark the decline of Neorealism and the talent of ‘new’ auteurs such as Fellini and Antonioni. The last part of the course will be devoted to the cinema from 1970s to the present in order to pay attention to the latest developments of the Italian industry. The course is a general analysis of post-war cinema and a parallel social history of this period using films as ‘decoded historical evidence’. Together with masterpieces such as Open City the screenings will include films of the Italian directors of  the ‘cinema d’autore’ such as Life is Beautiful and the 2004 candidate for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, I Am Not Scared. The class will also analyze the different aspects of filmmaking both in Italian and the U.S. industry where I had the pleasure to work for many years in the editing department on films such as Dead Poets Society and The Godfather: Part III. The films in DVD format are dubbed in English or sub-titled.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

COMM 35852 Intercultural Communication

Course Name: COMM 35852 Intercultural Communication

Description: In the contemporary world characterized by globalization of goods, people and ideas, and by growing processes of internal diversification, intercultural competences are necessary requirements for every individual both for personal and professional life. Intercultural Communication deals with the relevance of difference (not only among cultures but also within a culture) that is approached both as a threat and as a resource. In our everyday experience the continuous reference to the ‘other’ (ethical, religious, political, gendered etc) is used to build up the very sense of our identities and in so doing dividing the world among ‘us’ and ‘them’, ‘bad’ and ‘good’, ‘friends’ and ‘enemies’. Diversity compels us to reflect upon our values, and the taken-for-grantedness of the social world in which we live. This course will move from the social constructivist approach trying to combine together sociology, cultural anthropology, and media studies investigating the role that diversity plays in our every-day life and the importance to acquire an intercultural communication approach in order to be more effective in our processes of communication, to solve conflicts and to better understand the interactions among individuals, institutions and cultures. Theories, concepts and problems will be presented through lectures and audiovisual materials. Interaction is strongly required and will be stimulated. Students will be invited to take part in the classes commenting on the topics presented, offering opinions, surveying and practicing ‘problem solving’.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.


Art & Culture

ARTH 42091/62095 Art Experiences in Italy

Course Name: ARTH 42091/62095 Art Experiences in Italy

Description: The Art Experiences in Italy class is based in Florence, Italy, birthplace of the Renaissance, and home to many of the most important monuments of the period.  Florence is often hailed as the most beautiful city in the world, and students will have the singular opportunity of living and studying in the old historic center, becoming thoroughly acquainted with its monuments and treasures.  ARTH 42091 provides a thorough grounding in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments of Florence through direct, on the spot encounters with the painting, sculpture, and architecture found in each neighborhood. No work of art is ever examined through reproduction and the class does not meet in a classroom--everything we discuss is experienced through the original, in the churches, palaces, and museums of the city, so that Florence itself becomes our classroom.   

Four optional field trips are offered during the four week program.  Two extended excursions of three days in Rome and Venice are taken to gain an intense experience of the highlights of these two major centers. Two day trips are taken to neighboring historic centers such as Mantua and Assisi. The cumulative experience of Florence, Rome and Venice and other centers will serve as a touchstone for one of the themes for reflection I hope students take back with them upon their return home--how do we make our own environments, our city centers and public spaces, as beautiful and alive as what we encounter in Italy?  How do we make our urban centers as proud of what we have as a city such as Florence is of its own place?
A daily journal and a research paper are required. Prerequisite: None, though ARTH 22006 Ancient to Medieval Art and 22007 Renaissance to Modern Art will be helpful in assimilating the information.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

ARTH 42095 The Golden Age of Italian Art

Course Name: ARTH 42095 The Golden Age of Italian Art

Description: This course investigates the extraordinary art of Italy from Giotto to Bernini – from early Tuscan Renaissance to the Roman Baroque, with emphasis on examining painting, sculpture, architecture, and urban design within cultural and historical contexts.  Will include guided trips to see many artworks and monuments throughout Florence to view them in their original intended locations.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

FDM 35901 ITALIAN FASHION & CULTURE

Course Name: FDM 35901 Italian Fashion & Culture

Description: This class will examine the evolution of the fashion industry in Italy and the long tradition of art, craftsmanship, style and design that led to the success of the post-war era. We will study the history, creators, design and production processes with emphasis on the evolving roles of the fashion centers of Florence, Rome and Milan. The class will also examine the political, economic and industrial factors contributing to the creation of the Italian fashion system.  The lectures are supplemented by site visits and field trips to museums, artisans and factories.

*Students enrolled in this course will be responsible for an additional fee for field trips related to this course.*

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None


Sciences

BSCI 30156 Elements of Genetics

Course Name: BSCI 30156 Elements of Genetics

Description: Principles of organic mechanisms for expression and transmission of traits as studied in molecules, cells, organisms and populations.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: BSCI 10110 and 10120

BSCI 40163 Evolution

Course Name: BSCI 40163 Evolution

Description: History of evolutionary theory, the evidences of evolution, the evolutionary forces and the products of these forces.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: BSCI 30156 and 4 hours of biology (BSCI) courses.

BSCI 40195/GEOG 41195/ARCH 46995/GEOL 41695 The City of Florence: Achieving Balance Between Architecture and Ecology

Course Name: BSCI 40195/GEOG  41195/ARCH 46995/GEOL 41695 The City of Florence: Achieving Balance Between Architecture and Ecology

Description: Humans interact with their environment in a variety of ways while at the same time depending on the environment to meet their needs for drinking water, recreation, healthy air, etc.  Humankind builds to provide shelter, create products, provide transportation, etc.  When human populations are dense, predominant land use becomes urban.  Design and construction of buildings, pathways, and public spaces impact the natural environment and create unique ecological interactions.  In this course, we will consider the ecology and design of the urban environment. We will cover a range of topics from urban setting biological diversity to green infrastructure. Each week will feature field trips to important sites that illustrate the underlying science and design.
These topics will be considered in the context of the urban fabric and landscape of Florence, Italy.  The historic center of this ancient city was built centuries before our current ideas of sustainability and is at the heart of a highly populated metropolitan area with over 1.5 million inhabitants. The Tuscany region where Florence is located includes significant agricultural activities and agritourism.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: None

BSCI 40195 Feasts and Plagues: the Science of Italian Food, Wine and Disease

Course Name: BSCI 40195 Feasts and Plagues: the Science of Italian Food, Wine and Disease

Description: Over the centuries, human health has been challenged by infectious agents from the Black Death to the modern day Ebola virus while at the same time we rely on microbes to produce beer, wine, bread, and other foods.  In this unique course, we will explore causes and consequences of pandemics, plagues and other earth shattering diseases.  At the other end of the spectrum, we will consider the biology that yields wine, bread and beer and biological processes used in vinegar and cheese making.  Lastly, we will bring the elements of disease and food production together to explore emerging concerns about food safety and contamination.  This course will feature hands on activities, tastings, field trips and a chance to put your explorations of Florence and other locations you visit while in Europe to good use as you consider the process by which food and beverages make their way to our tables and the historically impacts of disease.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

GEOG4/5/71195 Water, Power, and Place: From Ancient Rome to Modern Day

Course Name: GEOG4/5/71195 Water, Power, and Place: From Ancient Rome to Modern Day

Description: Water has played a central role in the evolution of human societies. As such, access to and control over water has historically featured prominently in conflict. Drawing on myriad case studies, from ancient Rome to Cambodia, in this course we examine both the historical importance of water to human society and the place of water in human conflict.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None


English

ENG 49095 Writing Across Borders: A Literary Conversation

Course Name: ENG 49095 Writing Across Borders: A Literary Conversation

Description: This course taught by the Wick Poetry Center and offered through the Kent State University Department of English is intended for all students interested in exploring the rich tradition of writers who have sought travel and encounters across borders to gain insights into their own sense of home and belonging in the world. We will focus specifically on the rich literary conversation between Italian and English-speaking writers and, through guided writing prompts and field trips, explore new digital technologies for engaging with and sharing our voices. No previous creative writing experience is necessary.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None


Social Sciences

CRIM 37095 From the Magna Carta to the Beheading of Kings: The Origins of Modern

Course Name: CRIM 37095 From the Magna Carta to the Beheading of Kings: The Origins of Modern Criminology

Description: In this class we explore what crime “is”; a crime against society or a punishment for individuals mis-behavior.  From the readings of Aristotle and Socrates, to the debate between Locke and Hobbes, the polemics of these philosophers leads us to the modern thoughts on criminology, that is, the classical and positivist schools. We will explore the impact of the Magna Carta on human rights, that culminated in the beheading of Charles I in 1649 by the parliamentary forces of Oliver Cromwell’s men for the kings high treason against England. Emerging from Charles I’s execution, the classical school of Bentham and Beccaria engages in a polemic discussion against the positivist school of Garofolo, Lombroso, Ferri, &  Goring. We will also explore the Sociological Aspect of crime developed by Tarde, Durkeim, and Bonger as well as the psychiatric aspects of crime developed by Aschaffenburg, Ray, and Maudsley.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

PSYC 41495 Close Relationships Through the Lens of Culture

Course Name: PSYC 41495 Close Relationships Through the Lens of Culture

Description: If we spend our whole lives living in a single culture, we can come to believe that our experiences, including the “rules” we learn about close relationships are universal.  Yet research that examines close relationships in different cultures points to many differences.  This class is an opportunity to explore how relationships with family members and peers are influenced by the cultural context.  We will consider what aspects of relationships might be universal, and what aspects might be culturally specific, in the age range of 10 to 22 years of age.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None


History

CLAS 21405 The Roman Achievement

Course Name:  CLAS 21405 The Roman Achievement

Description: Romans accomplished outstanding achievements in fields such as political and social organizations, art and architecture, infrastructures, military innovations, urban living and commerce. This course is an introduction to the history and culture of the Roman world, from the origins of Rome through its ascent to domination of the Mediterranean world, the troubled changes from Republic to Empire, and the flourishing of the city and its provinces during the Imperial period until its crisis and consequent fall during the 4th-5th centuries AD. Political and military organizations, religious beliefs towards life and death, social identity, entertainment, private life, familial relationships, sexuality and the changes of these assets and values throughout time are examined in this course by means of the most recent archaeological and historical approaches and debates. As we search together to unravel the historical, cultural and social significance of the Roman achievement, primary sources in translation will be used to provide a fresh look of how some political events were perceived, how Roman urban life and its agents were captured by the satirical descriptions of Juvenal and Martial,  and how such a catastrophic event such as the eruption of the Vesuvius affected writers such as Pliny and Seneca. The examination of the Roman towns of Florence and Fiesole will help us to better understand life in small but lively urban settlements through the joint analysis of structures and artifacts. All classes will be supplemented by powerpoint presentations, and in many occasions by videos and documentary movies.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Kent Core

Open to all students.

HIST 38195 Italian Mafia

Course Name: HIST 38195 Italian Mafia

Description: This course analyzes the infamous criminal organizations of Italy from their origins to their evolution as an intrinsic part of Italian, and global, history. The relationship between Mafia and politics, its internal rules and codes, its business activities, and its deep connection to the society and the culture of Sicily and the Italian South are some of the important aspects that are examined in depth. Through current literature and media the international reach of the Italian Mafia and its effect on the collective imagination will be examined. The relationship and differences between the Italian and the American Mafia will also be an important component of the course.  In the historical introduction, the origins of the Sicilian Mafia will be explained in the context of the Italian Unification, as well as the development of the Mafia from its agrarian origins to its infiltration into the political realm of the Italian State. The rebirth and transformation of the Mafia after its suppression during World War II is an important historical turning point, one which ultimately led to the institutionalization of the fight against the Mafia, which will also be analyzed from both a political and cultural perspective. Contemporary Mafia activity and its expansion by Italian Mafia organizations, such as the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra, will be studied after the presentation of the Mafia’s history.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

HIST 38195 Modern Italian History and Culture

Course Name: HIST 38195 Modern Italian History and Culture

Description: This course provides students an interactive introduction to Italian culture. Its goal is to develop a better understanding of Italy and its culture, with emphasis on the history and culture of Florence. A survey on the main topics of Italian culture is offered through multiple approaches and a variety of issues and learning devices. Students will experience various expressions of Italian culture including science, art, architecture, history, music and opera, theater, literature and poetry, sculpture, cinema, philosophy, and politics. Films, readings, cultural events, and visits to historic sites will help illuminate the central traits of Italian civilization.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

HIST 38195: ST IN EUROPE: MACHIAVELLI

Course Name: HIST 38195: ST IN EUROPE: MACHIAVELLI

Description: Niccolò Machiavelli published his most famous and controversial book, The Prince, almost exactly 500 years ago.  Largely on the strength of this volume, he has variously been described as a teacher of evil and as the brilliant originator of modern political theory.   This course will examine Machiavelli and his works from various angles.  Is he really so Machiavellian, after all?  How well do his ideas stand up to philosophical scrutiny?  To what extent were his ideas molded by contemporary Florentine circumstances?  How applicable are his ideas to leadership today?   We will read from The Prince and The Discourses in translation, as well as several important secondary sources.  We will visit sites important to him in the Florence area, most notably Casa Machiavelli in nearby San Casciano, which remains much today as it was a half a millennium ago when, exiled from his beloved Florence, Machiavelli wrote The Prince even as he gazed from his hilltop estate upon the Duomo and the rest of Florence’s skyline merely a dozen kilometers away.  

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None


Philosophy & Politics

PHIL 49995: The Revolution in Modern Thought: How Philosophy in Florence Shaped the Way We Think Today

Course Name: PHIL 49995 The Revolution in Modern Thought: How Philosophy in Florence Shaped the Way We Think Today

Course Description: The city of Florence has a rich intellectual tradition dating back centuries, one which has had immense influence on the values, ideas, and core beliefs of the Western world.   Even today, many of our views about right and wrong, society and government, the universe, and the nature of reality have their roots in the thought of Florentine philosophers and intellectuals.  In this course, we will read the works of some of the greatest Florentine thinkers and explore how their revolutionary ideas have shaped our world.  While considering the topics listed above, particular attention will be paid to the interaction between philosophy, religion, and science in the development of the modern Western world view.

Class meetings will consist primarily of lecture and discussion, along with weekly site visits designed to enhance the learning experience and bring the material alive to students.  While the readings date  from the Renaissance period, emphasis will be placed on demonstrating the enormous impact of these philosophers’ and scientists’ ideas on contemporary culture and thought.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

POL 40995 Politics, Policy, and Wicked Problems in Modern Italy

Course Name: POL 40995 Politics, Policy, and Wicked Problems in Modern Italy

Description: Course introduces students to the Italian political system and the various ‘wicked’ public policy problems that confront modern Italy including political corruption, organized crime, illegal immigration, global terrorism, economic development, environmental sustainability, and climate change.   

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None


Business & Marketing

BUS 30234 International Business

Course Name: BUS 30234 International Business

Description: This course provides an introduction to different environments, theories and practices of international business. This course is designed for all students interested in international business, regardless of their principal academic discipline. Topics covered include globalization; international companies; sustainability; the impact and importance of culture; economic, financial, social, political environments; global strategies and structures; international marketing and entry modes. In order to facilitate these goals, students are expected to prepare, present their views, and actively participate in classroom discussions. The course provides a broad survey of the theoretical and practical aspects of management practice in Europe, introducing you the major financial, economic and socio – economic, physical, socio – cultural political, labor, competitive and distributive forces that characterize business in Europe. The course will help you to develop an increased awareness of the differences between European and North American business practices, and a better grasp of the impact of differences in business practices on the conduct of business internationally. The emphasis in this course is both on understanding and applying one’s knowledge of different management practices, using national cultures as an aid to understanding the evolution of various management practices.
We begin by analyzing the international business environment that connects the phenomenon of globalization with the national and cultural differences that characterize the countries in this economy. Next we will analyze, how to first define a strategy to enter foreign markets, select then a global company structure, and define a global marketing and pricing strategies. We will delve into some strategic and functional issues that characterize the management of organizations in the global marketplace.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Micro and Macro Economics

Open to all students with prerequisites.

BUS 40195: Global Business Field Trip/Case Study

Course Name: BUS 40195: Global Business Field Trip/Case Study

Description: The course provides students an opportunity to learn about international business firsthand by meeting officials/managers from select United Nations agencies, non-government organizations and commercial enterprises.   It will introduce students to how nations cooperate to develop rules and policies to guide and govern world commerce.  To do so, a number of topics are discussed including: making markets accessible, promoting fair competition, protecting intellectual property rights, ensuring worker welfare, and managing for-profit enterprises across multiple national borders.  Special attention will be given to the application of these principles in developing and emerging markets.  The course is built around a “live case” where students will be required to apply concepts learned in class to solve a business/policy problem facing a multinational enterprise/UN agency program.

Note:  Class meetings are arranged in Florence (during the June session) to discuss assigned readings and begin case work.  Field visits and presentation of case recommendations are schedule to be held in Geneva, Switzerland (mandatory) during the week following the end of the Florence Summer Institute.  Transportation to/in Geneva and student housing are prearranged.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: ECON 22060 – Principles of Microeconomics

MKTG 45060 International Marketing

Course Name: MKTG 45060  International Marketing

Description: The course provides a comprehensive overview of international marketing issues characterizing international companies in foreign markets. It will introduce students to the international markets and the principles underlying the development and implementation of marketing strategies across and within foreign countries. Topics include: political, cultural, and legal environmental changes as new competitive challenges for companies involved in international businesses, international marketing strategies (domestic market expansion, multi-domestic marketing, and global marketing), multicultural marketing researches, international segmentation and competitive positioning, and international marketing mix in terms of product, distribution, communication and price decisions. During lessons the students are expected to prepare, present their views, and actively participate in classroom. In order to facilitate their participation, lessons include discussions of cases and the viewing of videos on international marketing experiences. The course is designed to stimulate curiosity about international marketing practices of companies, which seek global market opportunities and to raise the student's consciousness about the importance of an international marketing perspective in the international business management.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Principles of Marketing or Fundamentals of Marketing Technology or Consumer Behavior

Open to all students with prerequisites.


Hospitality Management & Tourism

HM 43043 Hospitality Meetings Management

Course Name: HM 43043 Hospitality Meetings Management

Description: (Cross-listed with HM 53043) Exploration of the unique issues associated with managing hospitality meeting and event planning. Emphasis on management of social, association and corporate events, weddings, reunions, award banquets, receptions and annual meetings held in hospitality venues requiring food and beverage and/or lodging.  

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: HM 23030 and HM 33026.

RPTM 26060 INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL TOURISM

Course Name: RPTM 26060 INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL TOURISM

Description:(Cross-listed with GEOG 22040) Introduction to travel and tourism around the world, including tourism technologies, cultural and natural environments as attractions, benefits of travel ethics and sustainable development. Prerequisite: None. 

Credit Hours:3

Prerequisites: None