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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Program Sponsor: UMAIE 2021 
  • 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: History
Housing Options: Hotel Program Sponsor: UMAIE
Program Description:
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Course Description
This course will explore cultural and historical landscapes centered on Rome, examining the diversity of human – environmental relationships through time based on historical, archaeological, literary and ecological evidence. Ancient youth learned about Mediterranean peoples and environments from the epic voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas, and from the arduous missions of Heracles. Our central themes are cultural and historical landscapes, which are defined by human relationship with the environment. Our perspectives on the nature and diversity of these relationships through time are drawn from historical, archaeological, ecological and literary evidence. In Rome, we explore a long history of sustainable urban development and state ideology.  On day trips to Ostia and Tivoli, we engage with the issues of settlement patterns, harbors, water and land management, technology and ancient slavery. In Pompeii, a once living city, in a volcanic landscape, we will study how individuals and states respond to natural disasters.

Academic Prerequisites
Course Equivalency
At St. Thomas, this course fulfills: IDSC 299; HIST major/minor requirement, Latin, Classical Languages, or Classical Civilization major/minor requirement, SUST minor requirement, GEOG major/minor requirement, ENVR major requirement, WAC – Writing to Learn. Note: this course does not fulfill the History core requirement.

About the Professors
Dr. Vanca Schrunk is a History faculty member at the University of St. Thomas specializing in ancient history, archaeology, art and classical languages of the Mediterranean world.  She has done research and field work in Europe, the Near East and North Africa.  She conducts an archaeological and environmental project on an island in Croatia, with students and volunteers. 
Mr. Tom Schrunk holds an M.A. in Art History and has extensive research, study and work in India, Croatia, Italy, North Africa, Syria and Lebanon.  He has been excavating with Dr. Schrunk in Croatia for the over eleven summers and has been assistant director for many UMAIE courses in Italy.

Required Readings
Amanda Claridge, Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press 2010.
Robert Kebric, Roman People, 4th edition, Mayfield 2005. (historical narrative, ancient texts in translation)
The Odyssey by Homer and the Aeneid by Virgil, selected books in English translation, online at;
Additional Readings from the Course Packet

20% - Group Participation and Attendance
30% - Academic Journal
20% - Four short reflection essays
30% - Research Paper

Location and Tentative Dates
Rome, Italy. Day trips to Tarquina, Ostia Antica, Tivoli, and Pompeii.
January 5-26 (dates subject to change)
Program Cost
Cost estimates are available in the budget worksheet, linked above. Final costs will be provided by October 1st. There will be a $500 deposit, due at the time of application.  
UMAIE Withdrawals and Refunds
Once students have completed a UMAIE application and been notified of their acceptance, the following Withdrawal and Refund policy applies:
Refund Available                                                                                          Withdrawal Date
No cancellation fee and full refund of deposit                                              September 15, 2021 (must be received by 4:00pm)
No refund of $500 deposit                                                                            September 16 – October 1, 2021
No refund of $500 deposit & refund of RECOVERABLE COSTS ONLY*    After October 1, 2021
No refund                                                                                                     30 days or less prior to departure

*NOTE: Students who cancel after October 1 will be charged the full amount for the course up front; recoverable costs will not be calculated until after the group returns in February, at which point students will receive a credit for any portion of the course that was able to be recovered. The ENTIRE COURSE COST, INCLUDING AIRLINE TICKET, may be forfeited.

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO YOUR SCHOOL'S STUDY ABROAD OFFICE. The date this is received is the official date of cancellation

Travel cancellation insurance is recommended for students with preexisting medical conditions. This insurance must be purchased at the time of application. Please discuss this with your Study Abroad Office.

If a course price increases by more than 6% over the highest price in the range (due to general inflation or lower enrollment) a student may cancel without penalty.

No refund is given to students who wish to omit portions of the course.

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, 2021
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
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 the Program Director: 
Ivancica Schrunk, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5740 or

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:

Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |

Sustainability & Study Abroad: CO2 Emissions for This Program
The flights for this program release 1.5841 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To put that into perspective, this is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 202,026 smartphone charges. Another way to look at this is that it would take 67.4 bags of waste recycled instead of brought to a landfill OR 60.2 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs to offset these CO2 emissions. We encourage students to make decisions to offset their carbon production from studying abroad. Check out the CoolClimate Network’s carbon footprint calculator to identify and quantify specific behavior changes that can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

This program is currently not accepting applications.