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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Restrictions: St. Thomas applicants only
  • Program Cost: January Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1 - 1st Year, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0 Subject Areas: Theology
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Language Prerequisite: None
Non-UST Students: Contact for application information Internship Available: No
Service Learning: No Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:
Medieval and Renaissance Florence: Theology Through the Ages
florence from hilltop

Program Highlights
  • Students will be introduced to significant theological texts, spiritual literature, and works of art in Florence, Rome, Siena, Bologna, and Assisi
  • Students will come to know significant individuals who shaped Christianity in their own time: Dante, Francis and Clare of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Michelangelo, and Giotto.
  • Prerequisites: THEO 101/100
  • Fulfills: Under the new curriculum, fulfills 2nd Theology core requirement; under the old curriculum fulfills the 3rd Theology core requirement
Course Description
This course will introduce students to Italy through the integral and historical lens of theology, spirituality, and art. Students will study Christian Italy in four phases of its development: early period, Medieval, Renaissance, and Catholic Reformation. Based in Florence, the course will look at the various sites of Christianity throughout the city and Italy.    
Program Structure
Students will study theology in the context in which various Christian works of religious literature, art, and architecture developed. The sequence of Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, and Baroque, supported by the readings, lectures and site visits, provides the opportunity trace what it meant to be a Christian in the various historical contexts. The course will be conducted through on-site visits of civil spaces, churches, and museums along with normal classroom instruction.

20%     Attendance, Student Participation, Active Engagement
15%     Student Presentations
25%     Exams and Quizzes
30%     Reflective Academic and Experiential Journals
10%     Formal Essay(s)

Location and Tentative Dates     
Jan 3               Travel to Florence
Jan 4-24         Visit cultural attractions in Florence
Jan 9               Excursion to Rome
Jan 11             Excursion to Assisi
Jan 17             Excursion to Siena
Jan 25             Return home   

Housing and Meals
Students will live in comfortable student housing in central Florence. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchenette and wireless internet. Students will be provided with information on grocery stores close to housing and low-cost restaurant options in the area. One welcome dinner at a local restaurant is included in the cost.
Click on the Program Cost link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.

Application Procedures & Deadline
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
  • 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, 2022
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2022
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.
For more information
On course content, contact
Prof. Steven McMichael (
Prof. Jane Tar (
On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |

This program is currently not accepting applications.