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Italian Campus Academic Program

The courses that are offered both capitalize on the rich cultural and historical environment of Rome AND allow students to fulfill important Duquesne University CORE Theme Area and general requirements. The courses have been selected with sophomores in mind, but juniors and seniors are always welcome. These SAME courses will be offered every semester, so you can count on these offerings.

Permanant Courses offered at the Italian Campus

(All history and art history courses are taught on location throughout Rome.)

Culture Course (1-credit)

CLPR 351: Intercultural Awareness and Exploration: Home Away from Home (required)

Language Course

MLIT 101 Elementary Italian

Business Core Courses

Economics 201: Principles of Microeconomics (Fall)

Economics 202: Macroeconomics (Spring)

Statistics 281: Business Statistics (Fall)

Note: Fulfills business core requirement

Theme Area: Creative Arts

Art History 205: Christian Art and Architecture in Rome (Spring)

Art History 383: Paiting and Sculpture in the High Renaissance (Fall)

Art History 385: Baroque Art (Fall & Spring) 

Note: All art history courses are considered history

Theme Area: Global Diversity

Classics/History 210:Caput Mundi: Rome as Center of a Diverse World

Note: Considered a history course

Theme Area: Faith and Reason Theology 274: Beginnings of Christianity
Theme Area: Social Justice Sociology 250: Italian Cultural Studies through Film

Note: It is very important that you work closely with your academic advisor as early as possible to make sure that these courses fit into your overall program requirements.

Textbook Lists:

Fall 2015 Textbooks

Class Schedules in Italy
What will my schedule be like?

Class schedules will be very different from a typical semester at Duquesne.  The class-week is Monday through Thursday to allow 3-day weekends.  This allows for all students to take advantage of great immersion opportunities in Italy and throughout Europe.

Most courses meet once per week and are structured around off-site classes meeting each week in the heart of ancient Rome.

No class conflicts with another, allowing ease in registration.  

Classroom Enviroment
Where will my classes take place while studying at the Italian Campus?

The "common area" is on the ground floor of the Italian Campus building, the same building as the students' residence.  You will find two classrooms, dining room, laundry, lounge, kitchenette and library all located on the ground floor common area.

Special Course(s): Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

Dr. Leswin Laubscher, Chair of the Psychology Department, will be our Rome visiting professor for the Fall 2014 semester. This will be a great time for Psych majors to spend the semester studying in one of the great cities of the world.

PSYC 203: Introduction to Psychology as a Human Science: This course introduces students to a human science approach to the study of psychology, as opposed to the more common natural science approaches. As such, the student will be exposed to existential-phenomenology, psychoanalysis, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, as well as critical and social constructionist psychologies. The emphasis will be on the scientific assumptions attendant on these approaches, and how such assumptions shape therapy and scholarship.

PSYC 458 The Social Psychology of War and Peace/OR PSYC 265 -01 SPECIAL TOPICS: The Social Psychology of War and Peace This course will examine those social processes and dynamics which psychologists have come to identify as important in the genesis and maintenance of war and peace. Additionally, we will examine grand, motivational theories of human being, and relate those to an understanding of war and peace. Finally, we will examine specific instances of war and mass killing, or conflict resolution and peace, such as the Holocaust, and war in Italy, for example. Register for either the 265 or 456 depending on your needs: Psych majors should take 456 to satisfy a requirement for their major; non-majors can take the 265 Special Topics. 


Dr. Magali Cornier Michael, former Chair of the English Department, will be our Rome visiting professor for the Spring 2015 semester. This would be an excellent time for English majors to spend a semester abroad AND take major courses.

ENGL 336W / JMA 336W Travel Writing: Italy: Students will read a few essays on the history of and theories about travel writing as well as a sampling of travel narratives focusing on Italy. In addition, the class will focus on the practical side of how to write and structure travel writing so that the students can generate their own travel writing from their experiences in Italy. Students will keep a travel journal as well as produce travel essays. Students signed up for ENGL 204 will write some informal responses to the readings and take midterm and final exams.

[The course will satisfy the University CORE Theme Area: Creative Arts] 

ENGL 204 / ENGL 403W World War II in Fiction: Students will read four English language classic novels that engage issues of justice and the ethics of war by focusing on World War II in Europe, with two of the novels set specifically in Italy. The novels include Joseph Heller's Catch-22 (1961), Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient (1992), and Ian McEwan's Atonement (2001). In addition to the four novels, students will read some historical and theoretical essays to enrich their reading and thinking. Students signed up for ENGL 403W will write in addition two formal papers: one short 4-5 page paper prior to midterm and one longer researched 8-10 page paper.

[The course will satisfy the University CORE Theme area: Social Justice]