The Catholic University of America

Fall 2017

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

CLAS 318R Art & Architecture of Ancient Rome
Loyola equivalent: AH309/CL309/HS321 (History core)
This course is intended to offer students an introduction to the city of Rome that is topographic, architectural, and art historical in nature. In our study of Rome, we will focus on developments in the architecture, painting, sculpture, and urban development 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 is also intended to facilitate your understanding of the modern city in which you are spending the semester.
Instructor: Crispin Corrado
Thu 3.00-6.30pm

ENG 378 Italy in American and British Literature
Loyola equivalent: EN200 (English core)
The course intends to bring students closer to the study of literature through the reading of some major works by American and British writers. The journey to Italy is at the center of the novels and poems which will be 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
Tue 3.00-6.00pm

HSHU 203 Age of Discovery
Restricted to Honors students. This course considers the Renaissance, when great discoveries and rediscoveries of the past changed the cultural horizons of European men and women. It examines these new views through the fine arts and architecture of the age and through the writings of Christian humanists. Classical literature, rhetoric, history and moral philosophy-- among the primary concerns of the new learning--are also a main part of the topics for discussion in this course.
Instructor: Camilla Russell
Tue & Wed 5.00-7.00pm

HSTR 203 The Church: Community and Institution
Restricted to Honors students. Why is the Christian life essentially one of community, and what kind of institutional organization is appropriate for this particular community? These were central questions addressed by Vatican II in its constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, and they remain central questions in ecumenical dialog seeking the unity of the Church today. This course will consider the life and shape of the Church at various points in its history, and the flourishing of study of the Church or 'ecclesiology' in the 20th century. It will closely examine the teaching of the Council itself and issues that have arisen in ecumenical discussion in recent decades on this topic. Note: This course cannot be taken with TSR 362R because of the similar content in both courses.
Instructor: David Dawson Vasquez
Wed 9.30-12.30am

PHIL 310 Philosophy of Art
Loyola equivalent: PL220 (Philosophy core)
Philosophical treatment of a range of art forms that focuses on the nature of creativity, beauty, and representation. Major arts compared and contrasted.
Instructor: David Dawson Vasquez
Mon/Wed 1.30-2.50pm

TRS 362R: Theology of the Church in Rome
Loyola equivalent: TH204 (Theology core) 
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 Old Testament context for the Church will be discussed as well as various New Testament texts about the Church. The course will look at the history of Christianity in Rome by visiting Christian basilicas relevant to the time period, and following the unfolding role of Rome and the papacy in relation to the Universal Church. It will accompany this with a study of magisterial and theological writings pertaining to the Church from various historical periods, including: the Patristic era, the Middle Ages, and modernity. In addition, this course seeks to elucidate the connection between the mystery of the Church and other mysteries of the Christian faith. Some of the topics to be discussed are: the divine origin of the Church, the Church as the body and bride of Christ, the papacy, episcopal collegiality, the Church as local and universal, the three-fold munera of the Church (to govern, to teach, and to sanctify), and the Church in the modern world. Ecumenical concerns will also be considered in connection with some of these topics. Note: This course cannot be taken with HSTR 203 because of the similar content in both courses.
Instructor: A.J. Boyd
Wed 3.00-6.30pm

TRS 345 Liturgical Art & Architecture
Loyola equivalent: TH206 (Theology core)
The course will lead students in examining the art and architecture of Christian churches, especially in Rome, while they study the texts utilized in worship and some writings about the liturgy from throughout the tradition. Students will come to an understanding of the various meanings associated with the liturgy and the way that the art and architecture conveys these meanings.
Instructor: James Hadley
Mon 3.00-6.30pm 



All students must take one Italian language class. Classes are taught at 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. 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 and Internet activities.
Tue/Thu 11.00-12.50, with some Fridays

ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II
Continuation of Italian 101. Students speak and write about the present, past and future and continue to explore Italian culture through readings and Internet activities. Prerequisite: C- or better in Italian 101, appropriate placement score or equivalent.
Tue/Thu 11.00-12.50, with some Fridays

ITAL 103 Intermediate Italian I
Students improve their communication skills by discussing and writing about various topics drawn from readings and film focused on Italian culture. Includes some review and expansion of grammar and vocabulary. Prerequisite: C- or better in Italian 102, appropriate placement score or equivalent.
Tue/Thu 11.00-12.20, with some Fridays

ITAL 104 Intermediate Italian II 
Continuation of Italian 103. Prerequisite: C- or better in Italian 103, appropriate placement score or equivalent.
Tue/Thu 11.00-12.20, with some Fridays

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 through the study of Marco Tullio Giordana's 2002 film The Best of Youth. It also develops effective written skills in various contexts and prepares them for written assignments in upper division Italian courses. From a cultural standpoint, students will concentrate on pivotal Italian historic events occurred in the last thirty years which they will follow as the screening of Giordana's movie progresses. Newspapers and magazines will also be part of the material. [Prerequisite: C- or better in Italian 104, appropriate placement score or equivalent.] Students will read/see these narratives with a pertinent critical approach, focusing on techniques and strategies, such as narration and summary of a story.
Tue/Thu 11.00-12.20, with some Fridays

Last updated: 12 May 2017