The Catholic University of America

Spring 2019

All courses are 3 credits, with the exception of ITAL101 and ITAL102, which are 4 credits each.

HIST 318A Rome in the Age of Dante
This course examines the history of Rome in the medieval period, an age that produced the glittering mosaics at Sta. Maria in Trastevere, the powerful papal court of Innocent III, the vernacular poetry of Dante, and the Jubilee of 1300, each topic considered through primary sources in translation, lectures and discussions. Weekly on-site visits will use Rome as our classroom and are an integral part of the course.
Instructor: Katherine Jansen
HIST 318B Renaissance Rome
This course examines the Italian Renaissance as it  was manifested in the  building projects and patronage of the Roman papacy. Using the lens of patronage, we will examine the period  from the mid-fifteenth century when  the humanist pope Nicholas founded the Vatican Library and began reconstruction of the basilica of St. Peter’s to the age of Leo X whose pontificate ushered in the Reformation. Topics include: the building of new St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, and the Farnesina. Artists and architects whose work we will examine on-site include: Fra Angelico, Bramante, Pinturicchio, Raphael and Michaelangelo.
Instructor: Katherine Jansen

CLAS 318R Art & Architecture of Ancient Rome
This course offers students an introduction to Roman art that is topographic, architectural, and historical in nature. In our study of Rome, we focus on developments in architecture, painting, sculpture, and urban growth in the city. While our survey is limited to antiquity, it is understood that Rome’s modern urban fabric is profoundly affected by the events of the ancient period, so this course also intends to facilitate your understanding of the modern city.
Instructor: Crispin Corrado

ENG 378 Italy in American and British Literature
The course brings students closer to the study of literature through reading major works by American and British writers. The journey to Italy is at the center of the novels and poems that are analyzed during the course. On the one hand we will concentrate on the discovery and transformation of the characters as narrated through their encounters with a different culture and social context. On the other, we will investigate changes in the attitudes and perspectives of the authors themselves due to their own journeys to Italy. We will begin with the reading of poetry from the 19th century, followed by the reading of four complete novels by three well known American and British writers: Henry James, Tennessee Williams and Edward Morgan Forster.
Instructor: Milena Locatelli 

PHIL 310 Philosophy of Art
Philosophical treatment of a range of art forms that forcuses on the nature of creativity, beauty, and representation. Major arts compared and contrasted.
Instructor: Jan Bentz
TRS 345 Liturgical Art & Architecture
This course will lead students in examining the art and architecture of Christian churches. Salient primary texts regarding worship and the arts will be studied in conjunction with the various monuments. Students will come to an understanding of the various theologies expressed in matrix of Christian liturgical art, architecture, music and worship spaces. Using a historical approach, the diverse forms, contexts and world views that shaped Christian liturgical ritual, visual objects, music and places of worship will being investigated from the early Church to the present, each with the purpose of understanding the underlying theology of the worshiping community’s understanding of the sacred, their relationship to God and their relationship to each other. The course will incorporate churches throughout Rome in its study of the ways that human beings construct meaning in their places of worship and how images, sculpture, architecture and music are a theological reflection upon faith.
Intructor: AJ Boyd
TRS 362R Theology of the Church in Rome
As an introduction to ecclesiology, this course seeks to provide a fundamental understanding the Church's origin, nature, structure, and mission - focusing particularly on the development of the Church in Rome. The course looks at the history of Christianity in Rome, accompanied by a study of magisterial and theological writings pertaining to the Church from various historical periods. This course also seeks to elucidate the connection between the mystery of the Church and other mysteries of the Christian faith.
Note: This course cannot be taken with HSTR 203 due to similar content in both courses.
Instructor: AJ Boyd
ITAL 219 The Promise of Eternity: Rome and its Image throughout the Centuries
Through an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates history, literature, cinema, art and music, we will consider the evolution of the Eternal City, observing the complex layers of history which remain visible within the fabric of contemporary Rome. We will follow the footsteps of the most representative characters, cultural movements, and historical events century by century, concluding with a discussion of the city’s contemporary social and political identity within Italy and as a world capital. This course will fulfill a Media Studies elective.
Instructor: Milena Locatelli

Italian Language Classes

All students must take one Italian language class. Classes are taught at the language institute, Italiaidea.

ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I
Designed for students with little or no prior experience with Italian. Introduction to the basic principles of language necessary for written and oral communication.

ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II
This is a dynamic language course that emphasizes communication to enable students to interact in Italian at an elementary level. Students use fundamental principles of vocabulary and grammar structures to talk about daily life and gain insights into aspects of Italian culture through simple readings of authentic materials, movie-based activities, and every-day conversation with their native speaker instructors.

ITAL 103 Intermediate Italian I
Students build on what they have learned during the first two semesters of Italian. They improve their communication skills by discussing and writing about various topics drawn from readings and film focused on Italian culture. This course includes review and expansion of grammar and vocabulary.

ITAL 104 Intermediate Italian II
Italian 104 is a communicative language course aimed to develop oral and written proficiency at the Intermediate level. Students achieve cross-cultural understanding by reading and discussing a wide selection of texts and multimedia materials. Grammar review and vocabulary expansion are also provided to promote progress in the four area skills of Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.

ITAL 203 Advanced Italian I: Talking About Culture
This course emphasizes the development of conversational skills, vocabulary expansion, while deepening students' knowledge of current Italian literary, social, and cultural events. It also develops effective written skills in various contexts and prepares them for written assignments in upper division Italian courses.

ITAL 204 Advanced Italian II: Talking About Culture
An ideal follow-up to Italian 203 (but the sequence can be inverted), Italian 204 is designed to further develop language skills through discussions of texts and films, as well as contemporary events, debates, writing workshops, and grammar review - all while introducing a more complex syntax, both in conversation and writing.

Last updated: 15 Jan 2019