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.

ARCHITECTURE

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.

Check out Kent State Florence's special architecture and interior design website!  This website will give a glimpse into what it will be like to study architecture or interior design in Florence.

Undergraduate Architecture

ARCH 30012 Urban Design

Course Name: ARCH 30012 Urban Design

Description: A combined lecture and seminar that provides a theoretical foundation for studio exploration. Topics include the history of urban evolution and figure/ground studies.

Credit Hours: 1

ARCH 30112 3rd Year Design Studio II

Course Name: ARCH 30112 3rd Year Design Studio II

Description: The focus of the architecture program is the design studio. Studio projects take full advantage of the pervasive wealth of historically significant art and architecture. The scale of these projects ranges from elemental façade studies and interiors to the larger concerns of urban design.

Credit Hours: 5

ARCH 46995 Reading Cities Field Trips

Course Name: ARCH 46995 Reading Cities Field Trips

Description: Lecture and exercises in the visual analysis of urban form. Various media are taught and encouraged: sketching, watercolor, photographs, video, etc. The course is focused on a series of field trips to cities of architectural and urban significance. These include Rome, Verona, Venice, Milan. The tours cover historical architecture and urban fabrics, as well as Modern and contemporary intervention that bear significant importance in the transformation of the existing context.

Credit Hours: 3

ARCH 46995 Video, Media, and Architecture

Course Name: ARCH 46995 Video, Media, and Architecture

Description: The course investigates the increasingly intertwined issues that link contemporary architectural research to the world of communication, to such an extent that the media are today very much part of the design activity itself. Class lectures will interpret architectural activity in the 20th century by exploring the relationships between the project and the press, cinema, television, and the Internet. Particular attention will be given to the investigation of the experiences related to the use of video and to the new media.

Credit Hours: 3

ARCH 46995 ST: Sketching and Drawing (Spring)

Course Name:  ARCH 46995 ST: Sketching and Drawing

Course Description:  The design professions increasingly, with the widespread use of digital technologies, require sketching and drawing abilities.  This course is meant to help students develop such skills with in-studio instructions and demonstrations, but especially through on-site exercises.  Understanding, representing, and effectively communicating the physical environment, as ultimately one's own design ideas, is the core experience of the course.  

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Approved admission to third year.

 

Undergraduate Architectural Studies 

ARCS 20122 Architectural Studies Studio II

Course Name: ARCS 20122 Architectural Studies Studio II

Description: Studio allows students to further develop their design skills in relation to a theme or shared research topic that crosses the disciplinary boundaries of architecture and challenges conventional ideas of the role design can play in developing knowledge.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites: None

ARCH 46995 Video, Media and Architecture

Course Name: ARCH 46995 Video, Media and Architecture

Description: In the context of a wide survey on the evolution of media and architecture relations, the course will explore and reflect upon the critical role media (books, magazines, the Web, videos) played in the advancement of the architectural discourse between the 20th and the 21st Century up to today. Students will be offered the possibility of "reading" architecture in relation to media.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

ARCH 46995 Reading Cities Field Trips

Course Name: ARCH 46995 Reading Cities Field Trips

Description: Lecture and exercises in the visual analysis of urban form. Various media are taught and encouraged: sketching, watercolor, photographs, video, etc. The course is focused on a series of field trips to cities of architectural and urban significance. These include Rome, Verona, Venice, Milan. The tours cover historical architecture and urban fabrics, as well as Modern and contemporary intervention that bear significant importance in the transformation of the existing context.

Credit Hours: 3

ARCH 46995 ST: Sketching and Drawing (Spring)

Course Name:  ARCH 46995 ST: Sketching and Drawing

Course Description:  The design professions increasingly, with the widespread use of digital technologies, require sketching and drawing abilities.  This course is meant to help students develop such skills with in-studio instructions and demonstrations, but especially through on-site exercises.  Understanding, representing, and effectively communicating the physical environment, as ultimately one's own design ideas, is the core experience of the course.  

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Approved admission to third year.

UNDERGRADUATE INTERIOR DESIGN (REQUIRED)*

UNDERGRADUATE INTERIOR DESIGN (REQUIRED)*

*Required as part of the third-year curriculum for Kent State CAED students.  For students from affiliate institutions, course selection will be based on the curriculum requirements of their home institution, the student’s experience level, the recommendation of the student’s academic advisors and CAED program coordinators, and the student’s interests.

ID 34002 Interior Design Studio IV, Global/Historic Context

Course Name: ID 34002 Interior Design Studio IV, Global/Historic Context

Description:  The course will focus on the adaptive reuse of a historical building located in the center of Florence.  Prior to the design assignment, students will be asked to research, analyze and read in detail the structure of various historical buildings, trying to trace the history of the alterations and modifications which have taken place on the architectural fabric during the course of the centuries and taking informed and justifiable design decisions.  Emphasis is placed on a professional ability of design solutions and professional performance in the context of sustainable practices and procedures.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C (2.000) in ID 34001.

 

ID 44014 History of Interiors II, Renaissance to 19th Century

Course Name: ID 44014 History of Interiors II, Renaissance to the 19th Century

Description:  This course provides a thorough background of the  major design periods and traditions of global civilizations from the 16th century through 19th centuries including the design of furnishings, architecture, interiors, textiles, and the decorative and fine arts.  The effects of influence of culture, geography, technology, religion and politics on design are investigated.  As it is taught in Florence, Italy, Italian interior design will be given special consideration, especially in visits.  

Credit Hours:  3

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C (2.000) in ID 24013.  Corequisite:  ID 34002.

ID 44527 Study Tours

Course Name: ID 44527 Study Tours

Course Description:  A combined lecture and seminar that provides a theoretical foundation for studio exploration.  Topics include the history of urban evolution and figure ground studies.  

Credit Hours:  2

Prerequisites:  Junior or Senior Standing

UNDERGRADUATE INTERIOR DESIGN (ELECTIVES)

UNDERGRADUATE INTERIOR DESIGN (ELECTIVES)

ARCH 46995 ST: Sketching and Drawing (Spring)

Course Name:  ARCH 46995 ST: Sketching and Drawing

Course Description:  The design professions increasingly, with the widespread use of digital technologies, require sketching and drawing abilities.  This course is meant to help students develop such skills with in-studio instructions and demonstrations, but especially through on-site exercises.  Understanding, representing, and effectively communicating the physical environment, as ultimately one's own design ideas, is the core experience of the course.  

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Approved admission to third year.

ARCH 46995 ST: Video, Media and Architecture

Course Name:  ARCH 46995 ST: Video, Media and Architecture

Course Description:  The course investigates the increasingly intertwined issues that link contemporary architectural research to the world of communication, to such an extent that the media are today very much part of the design activity itself.  Class lectures will interpret architectural activity in the 20th century by exploring the relationships between the project and the press, cinema, television, and the Internet.  Particular attention will be given to the investigation of the experiences related to the use of video and to the new media.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  Approved admission to third year.


Arts

ARTH 42095 Italian Art From Giotto to Bernini (1300-1600)

Course Name: ARTH 42095 Italian Art From Giotto to Bernini (1300-1600)

Description: This course will explore the development of art and architecture in Italy from the late Middle Ages to the Roman Baroque period.  Through an in- depth analysis of the art and history of these periods, we shall develop an understanding of Italy’s role in the overall development of Western civilization.  Particular emphasis will be given to Florentine Art.  Florence exhibits to this day a particularly well-integrated conception of painting, sculpture, and architecture.  Taking advantage of this, we will use the city as our classroom in order to examine the development of Florentine art and architecture in context.  In addition to “on-site” lectures, classroom lectures will focus on the art produced in other major Italian cities.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.


ARTS AND SCIENCES

Classes in the Arts and Sciences cohort are available to all students who meet the prerequisites.

Biology

Fall Only
BSCI 10001 Human Biology

Course Name: BSCI 10001 Human Biology

Description: The lecture portion of this course will study the scientific method and life's properties, emphasizing human biology. Topics include energy, genetics, reproduction, development disease, nutrition and physical fitness in humans. This course may not be used to fulfill major or minor requirements in the following programs: BA Biology, BS Biology, BS Botany, BS Environmental and Conservation Biology, BS Medical Technology, BS Biotechnology, BS Zoology, and the Biological Sciences minor.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

*Kent Core - Basic Sciences, Basic Sciences Lab, LER-Basic Sciences 

BSCI 10003 Human Biology Lab

Course Name: BSCI 10003 Human Biology Lab

Description: The lab is an introductory college-level laboratory in biology for non-majors. This course may not be used to fulfill major or minor requirements in the following programs: BA Biology, BS Biology, BS Botany, BS Environmental and Conservation Biology, BS Medical Technology, BS Biotechnology, BS Zoology, and the Biological Sciences minor.

Credit Hours: 1

Prerequisites: None

*Kent Core - Basic Sciences, Basic Sciences Lab, LER-Basic Sciences 

 

Spring Only
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, and MATH 10772 or MATH 10775 or MATH11009 or MATH 11010 or MATH 12001 or MATH 12002 or MATH 12021

BSCI 30157 Elements of Genetics Lab

Course Name: BSCI 30157 Elements of Genetics Lab

Description: Consists of of hands-on experiments with modern computational and molecular biology experimental approaches.  

Credit Hours: 1

Prerequisites: BSCI 10110 and 10120, and MATH 10772 or MATH 10775 or MATH11009 or MATH 11010 or MATH 12001 or MATH 12002 or MATH 12021

BSCI 40195 Science and the Renaissance

Course Name: BSCI 40195 Science and the Renaissance

Description:  The impact of the Renaissance extends beyond culture and art to the sciences with advances in physics, biology, medicine, geography, and engineering.  Florence provides an ideal setting to study how these discoveries were made and how they have impacted modern science.  From Galileo to da Vinci, the role of Florence as the heart of the Renaissance and the scientific revolution is clear.  The Renaissance breakthroughs and ideas will be viewed through the lens of the scientific revolution and the modern science of today.  Student will experience this first hand through field trips, museum visits and walking tours.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

 

BSCI Ecology and Natural History of Mediterranean Ecosystems

Course Name: BSCI Ecology and Natural History of Mediterranean Ecosystems

Description:  The Mediterranean Biome has unique plant and animal life that thrives in the dry summers and moderate winters. In this course, plants and animals and the ecology of the Mediterranean biome will be explored. We will study the processes that govern natural Mediterranean ecosystems, and then explore how human activities are impacting those processes. The course will be based in understanding the factors that shape-up the biological diversity and how biotic interactions affect ecological processes.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

Classics

CLAS 21405 The Roman Achievement

Course Name:  CLAS 21405 The Roman Achievement

Description: 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.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Kent Core Humanities

Open to all students.

English

ENG 25001 Literature in English I (Fall Only)

Course Name: ENG 25001 Literature in English I

Description: British literature written before 1800 studied within a broad historical context. Comprehensive introduction to knowledge and skills that serve as a foundation for further study in literature.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: ACT English score of 26 or higher; or SAT Evidence based Reading and Writing score of 600 or higher; or ENG 11002ENG 11011, or HONR 10197.

ENG 34055 Shakespeare In Italy (Fall Only)

Course Name:  Shakespeare in Italy

Description: Study of plays representing Shakespeare's entire career, including Henry IV parts I and II, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Othello and The Tempest.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: ENG 21011 or HONR 10297.

TEFL (SPRING ONLY) 

ENG 41292 TEFL Practicum

Course Name: ENG 41292 TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Practicum

Description: The practicum exposes students to hands-on training through classroom observations, assisting, and teaching their own classes in various contexts in Florence, Italy. Students will observe and assist teachers at preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, and/or university. At times, it is possible to customize students' practicum schedule to meet their educational goals (e.g., gaining experience teaching young children).  

Prerequisites: ENG 31007

Credit Hours: 3-6 

 

History

HIST 38395 Murder, Mystery and Mayhem: The Medici Dynasty in Florence

Course Name:  HIST 38395 Murder, Mystery and Mayhem:  The Medici Dynasty in Florence

Description: This course explores the dynastic control that the infamous Medici family exerted over every aspect of Florentine life. It explores their rise to power, from the revolutionary and cunning tactics of Cosimo de’ Medici, to the rich vision of Lorenzo “Il Magnifico”, to Anna Maria Luisa’s efforts to establish the Medici legacy forever in the city of Florence. Learn about the extraordinary cast of characters ushered into fame by the Medici, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Botticelli, Machiavelli and many more. Through an examination of this influential family, their methods of persuasion and power are revealed, which extended far beyond the boundaries of Florence to the papacy and into all corners of Europe. This is your chance not simply to learn about the Medici but to explore the sites where their history and that of the Florentine Renaissance unfolded: the palaces, churches, villas and their art collections, forming together a uniquely complete surviving legacy of their achievements. Illustrated class discussions and site visits to selected museums and galleries will also help you to unravel the cultural interests of the family’s most important figures and their relationship with landmark artists.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

 

HIST 38395 Florence: The Myth of a City

Course Name:  HIST 38395 Florence The Myth of a City

Description: This course explores the dynastic control that the infamous Medici family exerted over every aspect of Florentine life. It explores their rise to power, from the revolutionary and cunning tactics of Cosimo de’ Medici, to the rich vision of Lorenzo “Il Magnifico”, to Anna Maria Luisa’s efforts to establish the Medici legacy forever in the city of Florence. Learn about the extraordinary cast of characters ushered into fame by the Medici, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Botticelli, Machiavelli and many more. Through an examination of this influential family, their methods of persuasion and power are revealed, which extended far beyond the boundaries of Florence to the papacy and into all corners of Europe. This is your chance not simply to learn about the Medici but to explore the sites where their history and that of the Florentine Renaissance unfolded: the palaces, churches, villas and their art collections, forming together a uniquely complete surviving legacy of their achievements. Illustrated class discussions and site visits to selected museums and galleries will also help you to unravel the cultural interests of the family’s most important figures and their relationship with landmark artists.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

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 25201 Intermediate Italian I

Course Name: ITAL 25201 Intermediate Italian I

Description: Continued development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills using a variety of cultural materials.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Italian 15202 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.

ITAL 35211 Italian Conversation & Composition I

Course Name: ITAL 35211 Italian Conversation & Composition I

Description: Study and practice of written and oral Italian with emphasis on acquisition of written and oral proficiency in the language.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Italian 25202 or permission

Open to all students prerequisite.

ITAL 35213 Conversation & Composition II

Course Name: ITAL 35213 Conversation & Composition II

Description: Advanced practice in speaking and writing the Italian language.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Italian 35211 

Open to all students prerequisite.

 

Politics

POL 30002 Political Thought (Coming Spring 2019)

Course Name: POL 30002 Political Thought

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to basic methodological and substantive concerns in the tradition of western political thought.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

POL 30520 European Politics (Coming Spring 2019)

Course Name: POL 30520 European Politics 

Description: This course examines major European national political systems (British, French, German, Russian and Scandinavian) relations between the European states, the institutions of the European Union and prospects and problems of European integration.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: POL 10004

 

POL 30820 International Organization and Law (Coming Spring 2019)

Course Name: POL 30820 International Organization and Law

Description: This course introduces the subject matter in historical and theoretical contexts, then devotes detailed attention to the full range of international organizations that exist today. A final section addresses the role of international law in world politics.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: POL 10004 and POL 10500

 

Psychology

PSYC 11762 General Psychology

Course Name: PSYC 11762 General Psychology

Description: This course will provide students with a general overview of the field of General Psychology. In particular, the course will familiarize students with the basic terms and theories, as well as with some classic and recent research in fields such as learning, language development, intelligence etc. A particular emphasis will be put on the convergence of neuropsychological (e.g. patient case studies) and experimental evidence as a crucial aspect of the study of higher mental functions.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

PSYC 30111 Forensic Psychology

Course Name: PSYC 30111 Forensic Psychology

Description: This course will survey the major areas of forensic psychology, including (but not limited to) mental health law, forensic assessment, criminal behavior and theories thereof, and law enforcement psychology. After completion of the course, a student should be able to answer the following question successfully: What constitutes Forensic Psychology and who is a Forensic Psychologist?

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 11762

PSYC 31532 Social Psychology

Course Name: PSYC 31532 Social Psychology

Description: Social Psychologists study how people think about, influence and relate to one another. In this course we will examine social psychological principles, theories, methods, and findings. We will explore the impact that the social environment has on an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and we will gain an awareness understanding of the role that the social environment plays in our everyday lives.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 11762

PSYC 30651 Adolescent Psychology (Coming Fall 2020)

Course Name:  PSYC 30651 Adolescent Psychology 

Description: Students review the theories, concepts and data that contribute to the understanding of the physical, intellectual, educational, personality and social development of adolescents in contemporary society

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 11762

PSYC 40111 Abnormal Psychology

Course Name:  PSYC 40111 Abnormal Psychology 

Description: Abnormal Psychology is the study of psychological disorders. We will discuss historical trends and current methods of identifying and classifying the most common psychological disorders (mood disorders, anxiety disorders and substance abuse).  We will also explore disorders with more unusual presentations (schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, etc).  We will explore factors that contribute to the development of the disorders and we will review effective treatment strategies.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC 11762


BUSINESS

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.

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: ECON 22060 or ECON 22061

Open to all students with prerequisites.

ENTR 37195 International Entrepreneurship - The Italian Perspective

Course Name: ENTR 37195 International Entrepreneurship – The Italian Perspective

Description: Entrepreneurship has become a guiding principle in most successful organizations. Entrepreneurship means more than small business management; it means identifying market opportunities and then marshaling the resources and designing the strategy and organization to capitalize on these opportunities. This definition cuts across types of organizations and industries. The course will focus also on the positive elements and possible threats of the “Creative entrepreneurial business model” (relevant in Italy and other Mediterranean cultures) as opposed to other international business models. One of the key issues of the course is represented by the possibility offered to students to compare different Entrepreneurial business models business model (through a series of conceptual frameworks, cases, guest speakers, field trips and site visits) with the prevalent business models present in the U.S. and have the possibility to integrate the two approaches. Approaching business issues from different perspectives is a key element of success in the current global economic scenario, where integration and blend of different approaches is crucial. The approach in the classroom is based on active learning. This means that what you will learn will be closely connected with its concrete applications. While you will prepare for each class by reading the relevant materials, I will highlight the major points and discuss any areas that seem unclear to you. Your responsibility will be to participate in class discussions, in the group exercises and in the projects. My responsibility is to ensure that you are exposed to the knowledge underlying made in Italy excellence, entrepreneurship, and understand how to use it. I believe that this material can be exciting, lively, and fun. the class will be a combination of lecture/discussion, in-class exercises, out-of-class exercises, case analyses, site visits, presentations and personal reflections. This will provide you with multiple ways to learn about entrepreneurial concepts related to International business excellence, and to demonstrate your capabilities.

Credit hours: 3

Prerequisites: None (open to all majors)

FIN 36053 Business Finance

Course Name: FIN 36053 Business Finance

Description: Introductory finance course analyzing the basic financial decisions of corporations and the interface of the firm with capital markets. Students discuss stocks, bonds, the time value of money, risk versus return and the essentials of capital budgeting.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: ACCT 23020 or ACTT 11000; and ECON 22060 or HONR 21197; and ECON 22061; and minimum 2.250 overall GPA.

Open to all students with prerequisites.

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: MKTG 25010 or BMRT 21050 or MKTG 35035

Open to all students with prerequisites.


Communications

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 Documentary Filmmaking, 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 all CCI majors can start and/or complete the Global Communication minor.

CCI 40095: Branding and Social Media Strategies for Italian Lifestyle

Course Name: CCI 40095: Branding and Social Media Strategies for Italian Lifestyle

Description: The course will analyze the phenomenon of ‘made in Italy’ with a focus on fashion, food and design from a communication perspective. Students will have the chance to better understand the branding strategies effectively operating behind some of the most important Italian brands that make Italy and Italian productions fascinating and attracting for the foreign consumers and markets. The course will focus on PR, social media and advertising strategies that are central for contemporary brands and it will investigate the main strategic areas of ‘made in Italy’ and how they are communicated and promoted. Specific case studies will be presented and discussed in class.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students

CCI 40095: Italian Pop Culture

Course Name: CCI 40095: Italian Pop Culture

Description:  This course is aimed at investigating Italian contemporary pop culture with a focus on celebrity culture, television and music in Italy. While investigating media, format, genres and imageries of contemporary Italian pop culture, students will be able to immerse themselves deeper into aspects of the Italian cultural identity that inform and shape pop culture narratives such as mafia, the Catholic/religious imagery etc. The course will investigate new practices of production and consumption of media content and it will take into consideration key concepts and practices that are central to the cultural industries such as genres, format, celebrity and adaptation by presenting and discussing different media products. While focusing on the Italian case, comparisons will be made with The U.S.A. and other European countries.

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 40095 Multimedia Experiential Learning

Course Name: COMM 40095 Multimedia Experiential Learning

Description: The Multimedia Experiential Learning course is designed to allow students a deeper understanding of their study abroad experience in Florence by projecting, developing and editing multimedia products (mainly articles, but also blog entries, pictures and videos) about their academic and extra academic experiences while living in Florence. Students will practice an activity of processing information related to their everyday life experiences, visits of exhibitions and museums and meetings with professionals by regularly developing content/stories about these experiences as well as about events taking place in Florence. The in-class meetings will help students to better focus on the different fieldtrips that will take place during the semester by providing background information about the Italian context. In-class activities are meant to support students editing their stories that will be published online on different platforms. At the same time, students will develop a direct collaboration with the editors in chief of www.flonthego.com one of the main destination for their multimedia productions.

The course is mandatory for all the CCI students enrolled in the Florentine study abroad program.

Credit Hours: 1

Prerequisites: Accepted in the CCI Florence Cohort

COMM 45091/JMC 40095: Documentary Filmmaking

Course Name: COMM 45091/JMC 40095: Documentary Filmmaking

Description:  TBD

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students

ITAL 15204 Basic Conversational Italian (CCI)

Course Name: ITAL 15204 Basic Conversational Italian (CCI)

Description: Exposure to basic grammar and to current Italian useful to travelers. Not applicable to fulfillment of foreign language requirement.

Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: Accepted into the CCI Florence cohort

 

Internship for CCI Students

Description:  By permission only. Contact Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean, Miriam Matteson (mmattes1@kent.edu).

 

 


EDUCATION, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

NUTR 23511 Science of Human Nutrition

Course Name:  NUTR 23511 Science of Human Nutrition

Description:  The Science of Human Nutrition class will cover basic concepts and principles in the science of human nutrition, energy balance, weight control, individual nutrient needs, diet selection, nutrition related metabolism and physiological functions, nutritional diseases and how to prevent these diseases, and current nutrition related controversies.  In addition to the biological and physiological components of nutrition, the class will also cover behavioral and cultural nutrition:  How do food choices, food availability, and food perceptions vary across cultures and countries.

Credit Hours:  3

Prerequisites:  None.


FASHION

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.

 

FDM 35070 The Luxury Market

Course Name: FDM 35070 The Luxury Market

Description: Purpose is to learn, understand, and perceive the luxury market and its parameters. Students gain an understanding of the marketing power of luxury brands and the organization of a luxury products company.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Only open to Fashion Cohort Students

 

FDM 35091 Italian Fashion and Culture

Course Name: FDM 35091 Italian Fashion and Culture

Description: Evolution of the fashion industry in post World War II Italy. Study of the creators, design and production processes creating one of the most successful unions of commercial product and cultural expression world-wide.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: FDM 35900

FDM 45592 Field Experience European Fashion Study Tour for Florence Students (ELR)

Course Name: FDM 45592 Field Experience European Fashion Study Tour for Florence Students (ELR)

Description: (Repeatable for credit)Visit to European fashion markets including design and fabric houses or showrooms, retail stores, buying offices and other areas of the fashion industry.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Fashion design or fashion merchandising major.

Fall Only
FDM 30171 Florence Fashion Design Studio I

Course Name: FDM 30171 Florence Fashion Design Studio

Description: This is an advanced level design course for students who already have a basic knowledge of fashion design, in which design and tailoring techniques are very closely connected.
The most important aspect of this course will be to find the perfect connection of the design phase with the finished garment elements including construction technique, testing and fit, product development, finishing and details. Particular attention will be given to learning and improving the fast sketching of croquis and flats for an appropriate development of the garments made directly on the dress form, discovering new volumes and exploring contemporary shapes for an strong personal style.
Attention will also be given to learning different ways of style research used for new collections and during this course an important emphasis will be on personal creativity, architectural concepts, sewing technique ( alternative seams), and exploring contrasting shapes and volumes. The importance of accessories will be explored. Different kind of projects will be required during the semester and students (divided into groups) must be able to create collections based on a chosen themes and research.
At the end of the course students will be able to express design ideas based on research and creativity, translated through the tailoring technique to realize the appropriate silhouette in terms of shapes, details and fit.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

FDM 30260 Product
 Development in the
 Fashion Industry
FDM 30262 Fashion Merchandising Planning and Buying
FDM 35080 Fashion and the Media

Course Name: FDM 35080 Fashion and the Media

Description: This course aims at understanding the existing liaisons between Media and Fashion as central features of modern societies and significant expressions of the cultures in which we live. In fact, fashion is not only a medium through which we communicate our personal identities and our collective memberships: beyond that it enjoys and exploits the Media of Mass Communication in their extraordinary capacity of promoting, advertising and more generally informing on image(s), style(s) and lifestyle(s). Therefore, fashion business requires accurate and detailed capacities of communication both internal and external, as well as the ability to deal with media, institutions, interest groups and consumers. This course will provide students with the necessary knowledge required to operate successfully as fashion communicators within the ever-changing media field. Both the traditional media (print media, television) and the new ones (social media) will be analyzed in their specificity in relationship with fashion. A minimum set of ‘deal with the media skills’ will be introduced and examined in detail. PR and Media Relations, fashion journalism, fashion blogging, development of communication plan, Advertising and Fashion & Communication Promotion are examples of the issues that will be presented in class also thanks to the contribution of professionals and experts. Finally, we will also try to investigate the representation of fashion in the media, the way popular culture depicts and exploits fashion through media narratives (by discussing some audiovisual materials – documentaries, movies and television shows) and its complex and intricate relations with the wider cultural system.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: FDM 35900 Florence Orientation and Special Approval

 

Spring Only
FDM 30172 Florence Fashion Design Studio II

Course Name: FDM 30172 Florence Fashion Design Studio II

Description: This is an advanced level design course for students who already have a basic knowledge of fashion design, in which design and tailoring techniques are very closely connected.
The most important aspect of this course will be to find the perfect connection of the design phase with the finished garment elements including construction technique, testing and fit, product development, finishing and details. Particular attention will be given to learning and improving the fast sketching of croquis and flats for an appropriate development of the garments made directly on the dress form, discovering new volumes and exploring contemporary shapes for an strong personal style.
Attention will also be given to learning different ways of style research used for new collections and during this course an important emphasis will be on personal creativity, architectural concepts, sewing technique ( alternative seams), and exploring contrasting shapes and volumes. The importance of accessories will be explored. Different kind of projects will be required during the semester and students (divided into groups) must be able to create collections based on a chosen themes and research.
At the end of the course students will be able to express design ideas based on research and creativity, translated through the tailoring technique to realize the appropriate silhouette in terms of shapes, details and fit.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

FDM 30262 Merchandising, Planning and Buying

Course Name: FDM 30262 Merchandising, Planning and Buying

Description: The study of market sources, fashion buying techniques, vendor relationships, practices and approaches as a function of assortment planning and vendor selection. The student will gain an understanding of the Retail Environment where Buying Occurs, introduce basic concepts, principles and techniques used in today's merchandising roles, become familiar with the preparation involved when making the buying decision
, develop a professional vocabulary related to buying and retailing, gain an understanding of the Math used in the Retail Buying Process, become familiar with Microsoft EXCEL and gain knowledge of its use in retail calculations.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

FDM 30260 Product Development
FDM 35080 Fashion and the Media

Course Name: FDM 35080 Fashion and the Media

Description: This course aims at understanding the existing liaisons between Media and Fashion as central features of modern societies and significant expressions of the cultures in which we live. In fact, fashion is not only a medium through which we communicate our personal identities and our collective memberships: beyond that it enjoys and exploits the Media of Mass Communication in their extraordinary capacity of promoting, advertising and more generally informing on image(s), style(s) and lifestyle(s). Therefore, fashion business requires accurate and detailed capacities of communication both internal and external, as well as the ability to deal with media, institutions, interest groups and consumers. This course will provide students with the necessary knowledge required to operate successfully as fashion communicators within the ever-changing media field. Both the traditional media (print media, television) and the new ones (social media) will be analyzed in their specificity in relationship with fashion. A minimum set of ‘deal with the media skills’ will be introduced and examined in detail. PR and Media Relations, fashion journalism, fashion blogging, development of communication plan, Advertising and Fashion & Communication Promotion are examples of the issues that will be presented in class also thanks to the contribution of professionals and experts. Finally, we will also try to investigate the representation of fashion in the media, the way popular culture depicts and exploits fashion through media narratives (by discussing some audiovisual materials – documentaries, movies and television shows) and its complex and intricate relations with the wider cultural system.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: FDM 35900 Florence Orientation and Special Approval


HONORS

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

ARTH 42095 Italian Art From Giotto to Bernini (1300-1600) (Honors)

Course Name: ARTH 42095 Italian Art From Giotto to Bernini (1300-1600)

Description: This course will explore the development of art and architecture in Italy from the late Middle Ages to the Roman Baroque period.  Through an in- depth analysis of the art and history of these periods, we shall develop an understanding of Italy’s role in the overall development of Western civilization.  Particular emphasis will be given to Florentine Art.  Florence exhibits to this day a particularly well-integrated conception of painting, sculpture, and architecture.  Taking advantage of this, we will use the city as our classroom in order to examine the development of Florentine art and architecture in context.  In addition to “on-site” lectures, classroom lectures will focus on the art produced in other major Italian cities.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

BUS 30234 International Business (Honors)

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: ECON 22060 or ECON 22061

Open to all students with prerequisites.