Course offerings are subject to change and may vary each summer.  The following summer 2021 classes are open to all students, unless otherwise noted.  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 the best fit with the requirements for your major. 

FSI General Courses (Open to all Students)

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.

HIST 37001 Florence: The Myth of a City

Course Name:  HIST 37001 Florence The Myth of a City

Description: Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and the cradle of modern Western Civilization because, among the many Italian city-states, it experienced a cultural development that had no precedent in European history. Florentine republicanism is a political paradigm through which we, still today, trace the origins of the values of democracy, freedom, rational thought, individualism, the scientific method and the capacity for critical reflection. This course covers and analyzes different historical eras of Florence from its founding, during the Roman era, up until today. Special attention is given to periods of intensive development in Florence: the re-birth of the Middle Ages, the splendor of the Renaissance, and the crucial role of the Risorgimento, when the city was the capital of the new Kingdom of Italy (1865-1871) and became a center of culture and modern civilization. This course will be offered only in Florence.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing

Cultural Reactions to World Events

Course Name: Cultural Reactions to World Events

Description: This course aims at understanding in which ways cultural groups respond to different world events that have a significant impact on communities. The sense of cohesion and community, the feeling of belonging, as well as interactional patterns, are affected by what happens around us. For the purpose of this course we are going to take into consideration different world events: wars (WWII, Afghanistan, Syria) epidemics (HIV AIDS epidemic 1990s/Covid-19 epidemic); migratory flows (with specific attention to the latest waves) natural events (tsunamis, earthquakes, and climate change more in general) and international terrorism. Next to these most dramatic events we are also going to discuss other events such as important scientific innovation and discoveries (from vaccines to the birth and diffusion of the World Wide Web and computers), or important achievements (Human Rights Declaration and the Human Rights Movement) and economic booms (‘Italian economic miracle’). All of these events will be analyzed in order to see how they have impacted our everyday lives by focusing not only on the way in which we define who we are in relation to the concept of personal and cultural identity but also on how they redesign cultural frames (the concepts of public and private space, the idea of risk, the one of freedom, the notions of identity and communities, etc.) and finally how we operate as ‘social animals’ within these new frames of meanings and actions. A special attention will be dedicated to meaningful (read relevant) world events for better understanding the Italian Culture.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

MCLS 10095: ST: Basic Conversational Italian

Course Name: MCLS 10095: ST: Basic Conversational Italian 

Description: (Repeatable for credit) Exposure to basic grammar and to current Italian useful to travelers. Not applicable to fulfillment of foreign language requirement.

Credit Hours: 1

Prerequisite: None

Fashion (Fashion Majors Only)

FDM 35901 Italian Fashion and Culture

Course Name: FDM 35901 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

Only pre-approved Fashion students may register for this course

FDM 45592 Italian Study Tour

Course Name: FDM 45592 Italian Study Tour

Description: The course aims to explore and develop a critical awareness on fashion trends in Italy. It focuses on the major centers of Italian fashion business showing and analyzing where the trends are displayed, who are the trendsetters, and how the trends are spread eventually becoming a reality. On-site visits to major Italian fashion centers are a vital component of the course. Places to be explored include: design and fashion houses, small and medium fashion firms, showrooms, fashion archives, ateliers, workshops, private and public museums and collections, art galleries, retail stores, buying offices, and other areas of the fashion industry and Italian art and culture. Visits to art exhibitions will provide a broad idea of the social changes occurring and how artists reflects or anticipate these trends that will then influence fashion. In class introductory lectures give students the tools to face on site visits with a critical approach, follow up meetings based on critical discussions, debates, oral and written reports, presentations allow to share the knowledge. Through seminars professional guest speakers will deepen specific topics of interest.

Credit Hours: 3