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- Course will be taught by Professor John Walker and Professor Barbara Zell, who both have an abundance of knowledge and resources about Rome and Italy and leading overseas courses, along with Professor Deb Besser. This course has been offered since 2003 (7 times).
- Lectures and presentations before numerous site visits help guide and increase students’ knowledge of the ancient Roman engineers and their contributions to modern-day society.
- Visits throughout Italy include the Coliseum in Rome and the ancient city of Pompeii near Naples.
- Prerequisites: None
- Fulfills: ENGR298, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering major/minor elective
Modern Rome is a living tribute to the contributions made by the engineers of Ancient Rome and the Holy Roman Empire. Their legacies of art, public health innovations, architecture and design and construction techniques advanced the Roman rural society to an urban culture of well-defined principles and planning.
The course will be conducted mainly in Rome where many of the great Roman engineers (mostly anonymous) left examples of their work that exist today. Rome provides students with a wealth of ancient remnants of this sophisticated society; aqueducts, roads, forums and temples. The Roman contributions to modern society can be seen everywhere. We will also take excursions to cities and the countryside outside of Rome to study their relationship to Rome from the perspective of their art, architecture, design and construction techniques. This course focuses on these contributions and challenges the student to analyze and describe them from their point of view within our contemporary society. We will evaluate examples in today’s society and use ancient Roman history as a backdrop for these discussions.
The course consists of reading, lectures (including guest lectures by professors from both La Sapienza (Rome), Federico II (Naples) and the University of St. Thomas), cultural site visits, group discussions/reflection time and cultural events. Students are responsible for a daily journal, active participation, and a final paper or project that focuses on the contributions of Roman engineering to modern society. Students will also develop an understanding of the value of Catholic Social Teaching principles as presented and developed in classes and environmental observations. These will be evident in journals and other formats as appropriate.
10% Attendance at all course related meetings and site visits
25% Participation in group discussions and feed-back sessions
35% Daily journal entries
30% Final paper/project
Location and Tentative Dates
January 3 Depart MSP for Rome
January 4-19 Course work and Activities in Rome
January 19-25 Travel and course work in Naples, Florence, Pisa, Carrara, San Gimignano
January 26 Travel to Rome
January 27 Return to Minneapolis/St. Paul
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Total Cost Includes: Tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.
Housing and Meals
Students will stay in hotels during the program. A number of included all-class meals are provided. Other meals students will be responsible for their own meals.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
- Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application
- Login using your UST username and password
- Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10, 2016. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1,2016.
- Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures. You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2016
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2016
To apply for aid during January Term, submit a January Term Financial Aid Application, available in early November, to the Financial Aid Office. Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some co-sponsoring organizations. Refer to our Scholarship webpage for details. Review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information. To verify and confirm all awards, meet with a Financial Aid Counselor.
For more Information
On course content, contact: Professor Barbara Zell at 612-741-1125, email@example.com
Professor John Walker at 651-436-2063, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Deb Besser at 651-962-7741, email@example.com
On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212, Mail 5026
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul MN 55105-1096 USA