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Sustainable Forest Management
TUE 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: AGR 190 T
Dual Listing: ENV 190 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Agricultural Economics
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: AGR 210 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: An introduction to the economic theory and principles that underpin the agricultural sector. We review the theoretical framework of consumer and producer behavior–price determination, elasticity, profit, supply and demand–then apply these concepts to the specific field of agriculture and how it works from a business perspective, including agri-food marketing principles and the economics of natural resources. Finally, we examine how the economic, social and environmental consequences of agriculture relate to matters of food security and climate change. Why are these issues so crucial for our present and our future, and how do we go about intervening to rectify particularly problematic areas? Concludes with a comparative analysis of national agricultural policies in Europe and other regions.
Organic Agriculture
TUE 11:00 AM-1:30 PM / THU 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: Lecture with experiential component on field. Lab fee and/or material costs apply.
Course code: AGR 220 T
Marist Code/Title: AGR 230 L Organic Agriculture
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Organic foods have become a familiar site on both restaurant menus and supermarket shelves. But what does organic agriculture actually imply? Well, many things: respect for a farm’s unique environment and the absence of pesticides; coordination of farming elements and the rejuvenation of fields compromised by intensive agriculture; and new techniques that permit productivity, quality, and profitability, while respecting stringent legislative regulations. We explore organic agriculture from the perspective of business management, agronomy, as well as history, culture and ethics. Students also experience the process firsthand through participation in seasonal activities at local farms and facilities, including horticultural work in the spring and olive harvesting and pressing in fall. Course meets for 45 hours in fall, 60 hours in summer, and 90 hours in spring.
Sustainable Agriculture Systems and Management of Natural Resources. A Global Perspective
MON 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: AGR 225 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Sustainable management of natural resources (land, forests, water, pastures, biodiversity etc.) is constantly gathering global attention, above all for the realization of sustainable agriculture systems. Effective management of natural resources have always been important but nowadays is becoming more and more challenging because of the threats, posed by climate change and increasing human pressure on available resources. The agriculture sector is extremely sensitive to climate change; Therefore, urgently in need to define strategies to adapt to changing conditions which involve sustainable use of the natural resources under different growing conditions and geographical areas. Rural communities, especially those with limited access to natural resources, are increasingly vulnerable because of the difficulties linked to food accumulation as well as prompt recovery after occurrence of natural disasters/environmental degradation or extreme events related to climate variability. Focus will be posed, on how to enhance knowledge and interest among main stakeholders as well as on how to create collaborative systems as a strategy for promoting rural development and resource conservation through empowerment and partnership. This cross-disciplinary subject will be illustrated and discussed based on the approach and material produced by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and other relevant UN development Agencies.
Agri-Food Marketing
WED 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 178 Principles of Microeconomics, or equivalent
Course code: AGR 280 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: The course gives a global vision of the marketing components adapted to the agri-food sector and integrates business marketing principles applied to food products with traditional agricultural commodity marketing. The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the main economic and strategic issues concerning the global food markets. The class examines concepts and research tools to investigate food consumption patterns and trends, food industry strategies, distribution, and trade of agri-food products. The approach will be to introduce a wide range of topics in order to give a general overview of the disciplines, along with the presentation of case studies and stimulating the discussion on student’s everyday experience as a consumer.
Organic Agriculture
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: Lecture with experiential component on field. Lab fee and/or material costs apply.
Course code: AGR 220 T
Marist Code/Title: AGR 230 L Organic Agriculture
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Organic foods have become a familiar site on both restaurant menus and supermarket shelves. But what does organic agriculture actually imply? Well, many things: respect for a farm’s unique environment and the absence of pesticides; coordination of farming elements and the rejuvenation of fields compromised by intensive agriculture; and new techniques that permit productivity, quality, and profitability, while respecting stringent legislative regulations. We explore organic agriculture from the perspective of business management, agronomy, as well as history, culture and ethics. Students also experience the process firsthand through participation in seasonal activities at local farms and facilities, including horticultural work in the spring and olive harvesting and pressing in fall. Course meets for 45 hours in fall, 60 hours in summer, and 90 hours in spring.
Sustainable Forest Management
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: AGR 190 T
Dual Listing: ENV 190 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Sustainable Forest Management
TUE 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: AGR 190 T
Dual Listing: ENV 190 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Agricultural Economics
THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: AGR 210 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: An introduction to the economic theory and principles that underpin the agricultural sector. We review the theoretical framework of consumer and producer behavior–price determination, elasticity, profit, supply and demand–then apply these concepts to the specific field of agriculture and how it works from a business perspective, including agri-food marketing principles and the economics of natural resources. Finally, we examine how the economic, social and environmental consequences of agriculture relate to matters of food security and climate change. Why are these issues so crucial for our present and our future, and how do we go about intervening to rectify particularly problematic areas? Concludes with a comparative analysis of national agricultural policies in Europe and other regions.
Organic Agriculture
TUE 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Lecture with experiential component on field. Lab fee and/or material costs apply.
Course code: AGR 220 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Organic foods have become a familiar site on both restaurant menus and supermarket shelves. But what does organic agriculture actually imply? Well, many things: respect for a farm’s unique environment and the absence of pesticides; coordination of farming elements and the rejuvenation of fields compromised by intensive agriculture; and new techniques that permit productivity, quality, and profitability, while respecting stringent legislative regulations. We explore organic agriculture from the perspective of business management, agronomy, as well as history, culture and ethics. Students also experience the process firsthand through participation in seasonal activities at local farms and facilities, including horticultural work in the spring and olive harvesting and pressing in fall. Course meets for 45 hours in fall, 60 hours in summer, and 90 hours in spring.
Sustainable Agriculture Systems and Management of Natural Resources. A Global Perspective
WED 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: AGR 225 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Sustainable management of natural resources (land, forests, water, pastures, biodiversity etc.) is constantly gathering global attention, above all for the realization of sustainable agriculture systems. Effective management of natural resources have always been important but nowadays is becoming more and more challenging because of the threats, posed by climate change and increasing human pressure on available resources. The agriculture sector is extremely sensitive to climate change; Therefore, urgently in need to define strategies to adapt to changing conditions which involve sustainable use of the natural resources under different growing conditions and geographical areas. Rural communities, especially those with limited access to natural resources, are increasingly vulnerable because of the difficulties linked to food accumulation as well as prompt recovery after occurrence of natural disasters/environmental degradation or extreme events related to climate variability. Focus will be posed, on how to enhance knowledge and interest among main stakeholders as well as on how to create collaborative systems as a strategy for promoting rural development and resource conservation through empowerment and partnership. This cross-disciplinary subject will be illustrated and discussed based on the approach and material produced by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and other relevant UN development Agencies.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 215 F
Dual Listing: HIS 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 49
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 215 F
Dual Listing: ANC 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required.
Course code: ANC 193 F
Dual Listing: ANT 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ANC 200 F
Dual Listing: HIS 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Magic, Divination, and Ghosts in the Ancient World
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: In collaboration with CAMNES. The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ANC 288 F
Dual Listing: REL 288 F
Marist Code/Title: REL 216 L Ancient Greek Religion
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Palladio
Description: In ancient cultures, the supernatural was everywhere. How did people make contact with and represent spirits, specters, the afterlife and the netherworld, and how did these practices evolve across time and space? Our focus will be on the various aspects of magic and sorcery, including shamanism, divination, necromancy (evoking the dead), and curses (namely binding and love curses). We also examine the subject of the “restless dead” (i.e. ghosts), a privileged medium that ancient people believed allowed them to communicate with the world beyond the grave. Sources include reproductions of ancient magical papyri and cursed tablets. Comparisons of ancient beliefs and practices with those of more modern cultures and folklore.
The Age of Heroes: The Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and the Origins of Western Literature
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: A prior course in Classics, Literature, or Religion.
Notes: In collaboration with CAMNES. The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ANC 306 F
Dual Listing: LIT 306 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 306 / ENG 270 L The Age of Heroes: Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid and the Origins of Western Literature/ Classics of Western Lit
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: A comparative analysis of some of the oldest, greatest literary works in Western civilization. Using the most significant chapters from the Iliad and the Odyssey, written in the 8th century BCE, we immerse ourselves in the epic, supernatural world of Homer’s heroes, the veritable “bible” of classical civilization. How did the Greeks use myths to express the archetypal values that would become the cornerstones of future generations and civilizations? How did myths function as examples of storytelling prowess, expressions of ancient cultural traditions, and basic forms of communication and instruction? Then we observe the influence of this Greek tradition on the Romans in a selection of passages from the Aeneid, Virgil’s foundational epic from the 1st century BCE.
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required. The course includes two additional in-class lessons on FRI March 19 and FRI April 16. Lessons will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: ANT 193 F
Dual Listing: ANC 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 180 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 160 L History of Western Art I
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: How did the visual arts in Western Europe change between ancient Greece and the end of the Middle Ages? What parts of this artistic heritage did the Renaissance masters revive and transform, and what did they discard? We get to know the principal painters, sculptors and architects, their major works, dominant themes and motifs, and the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts so essential to understanding the visual arts and their impact. Topics include the interpretation of subject and symbols, artistic techniques and styles, and public and private patronage. Onsite teaching offers students the incomparable experience of studying masterpieces firsthand. An introduction to the field that aims to foster an appreciation of art history and lay the foundations for further study.
Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
FULL
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 186 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 180 L : History of Western Art II
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: A survey of the visual arts in Western Europe from the early 16th century to the present. We familiarize ourselves with the most important changes in artistic taste and style, and get to know the major painters, sculptors and architects and their principal work and themes. To better understand the visual arts and their impact on society over time, we also explore the major historical, philosophical, and cultural changes and contexts of the period. Our focus is on interpreting subjects and symbols, identifying different artistic techniques and styles, and recognizing the role of public and private patrons. Onsite teaching gives students firsthand access to major works of art and architecture, making their study all the more meaningful. An introduction to the discipline and a springboard to a greater appreciation of art and further studies in the field.
20th Century Design and Architecture
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 202 F
Dual Listing: ARC 202 F
Marist Code/Title: ITDS 150 / ARCH 140 L History of Interior Design
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: An introduction to the tools and methods for understanding and recognizing choices and style in architectural design, in both interior and exterior settings. We explore the work of the 19th and early 20th-century masters (up to c. 1960) who expressed their talents and aesthetic vision from the small scale of objects and interiors to the grand ideas of entire buildings, neighborhoods and cities. Given the close relationship between interior design, object design and architecture, we examine the history of these three fields beginning with the Industrial Revolution. How did politics, economics and scientific and technological discoveries impact society, art, and architecture? What drove innovation in materials and aesthetics in the past, and how has this process changed in today’s world?
Palaces of Florence
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
Visual Culture in Italy Since 1945 (Art, Design, Media)
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 277 F
Dual Listing: COM 277 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 294 L ART: Special Topics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: What do Vespa scooters, Vittorio De Sica's neorealist movies, Gucci’s bamboo bag, Gio Ponti’s “Superleggera” chair, Giuseppe Cavalli’s photos of southern Italian trulli, and Alberto Burri’s canvases spattered with tar have in common? Is there such thing as a shared “Italian” visual culture? We explore this question with a communications-based approach to visual culture in post-World War II Italy. Our subjects are works of contemporary art and design, conceived as communicators of cultural messages that blur the often-artificial distinction between these two fields. Case studies highlight how designers, directors, and artists influenced one another and even collaborated directly, instances in which theory took a back seat to process and context. Students will find inspiration in these concrete paths to innovation.
Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 280 F
Dual Listing: HIS 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 275 L Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: The social, economic, political, and artistic life of Renaissance Florence, and its close ties to the fortune and fortunes of a group of elite families: the Medici, Rucellai, Strozzi, and Pitti. To get an idea of what life was like, at least for some, in the Renaissance city, we examine their art and artistic objects such as wedding chests and other furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and coats of arms. What can art and material culture tell us about everyday life, and at the same time, what are its limits? Through the lens of these families and the history of their public and private lives, we shed light on a series of characteristics that not only distinguished the Florence of the past, but in some ways still does, as some of these families still play an active role in the city’s life.
Women Artists: From the Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 281 F
Dual Listing: GND 281 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 382 L ST: Women Artists
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Despite women’s active role in the art world for centuries, we tend to identify them more as patrons, muses and models than as artists. Bucking this trend, we explore the extraordinary contribution of female artists to Western art history, and how they have shaped the evolution of artistic language from the Renaissance to today. A critical analysis and contextualization of artists such as Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rosalba Carriera, Berthe Morisot, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, and Marina Abramovic, whose works will be analyzed in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as in a larger art-historical perspective, allows students to appreciate how female artists have gained increasing prominence in the art world in recent centuries, and grapple with the question of whether art by women possesses exclusive qualities absent from work by their male counterparts.
International Art Business
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalents
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 297 F
Dual Listing: BUS 290 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 318 N International Art Business
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: An introduction to the art market and the institutional networks that support and promote art-based transactions. We explore the buying and selling of works of art, both within the auction framework and elsewhere. Lectures and interactions with sector specialists help students develop their ability to identify and analyze pieces of art, access marketing opportunities, and devise effective strategies for a variety of professional roles. We specifically investigate the role of the art dealer and art administrator, as well as gain a firm understanding of the international laws and other recognized practices that regulate the field.
Images and Words
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Junior standing; 2) ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 355 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 477 L : Capping: Images and Words
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: What is art? Where do we see it and why do we look at it? How do we talk about, describe, or explain a work of art? Is it possible to “read” images the same way we can “see” stories, and if so, how? Our interdisciplinary approach aims to help students develop their ability to read, discuss, and write about both visual and written texts. This exploration of the relationship between us (spectators and/or creators), images and words opens up new ways of seeing and perceiving works of art. An introduction to the most relevant theoretical ideas is followed by a close examination of visual and written works, including prose and poetry. An active engagement with the entire universe of artistic experience through the teachings and methods of art theory and art history, literature, museology, and sociology.
Avant-Garde and Modernist Art (1900-1950)
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
FULL
Prerequisites: ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: ART 370 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 366 L: History of 20th Century Art
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Modern art in Europe and America in the first half of the 20th century. Picasso, Matisse, Kirchner, Duchamp, Boccioni, De Chirico, Ernst, Magritte, Pollock. After reviewing the artistic and cultural revolutions of the previous half-century, we explore Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Constructivism, New Objectivity, Dada, Metaphysical painting, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Neo-Dada, with a particular focus on the pre-World War II historical avant-gardes. What was so revolutionary about their ideas, methods, and artistic expressions? What were they reacting against or promoting, and what was the impact on art of the two world wars that traumatized the first half of the 20th century and beyond?
Foundations of Management
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: BUS 195 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 195 N Foundations of Management
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Managers are the decision-makers. But based on what do they make those decisions? Designed to provide core concepts and terminology for those with no prior background in business management and an interest in further studies in the field. We explore what managers do, and how planning, organizing, directing and controlling can, if done properly, work synergistically toward the same goals. Key concepts are approached first in theoretical terms; then we look at how theory applies to the practical problems managers face on a day-to-day basis.
Principles of Marketing
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: BUS 210 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 210 N Principles of Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: What makes marketing such a dynamic and exciting field? What can good marketing give to a company, and how can it help overcome the challenges businesses face on an everyday basis? We explore marketing’s essential principles and concepts, as well as the true nature and scope of marketing management. Topics include marketing strategy, the 4 P’s, market planning, retailing and wholesaling, target marketing, market segmentation, and services marketing. We also discuss marketing’s strategic importance to any organization, whether it be a for-profit commercial enterprise or a non-profit or charitable entity.
China's Development and the Global Shift
THU 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: None; POL 150 Introduction to Political Science and BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalents, are recommended
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: BUS 240 F
Dual Listing: POL 240 F
Marist Code/Title: ECON 306 L China's Development & the Global Shift
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Why is China so central to the current world economy? Is its growth rate sustainable? Can the Chinese model be exported, and if so, what are its short and long-term costs? Understanding the history of Chinese economic reform, its political, environmental, and social context, and its implications is crucial to understanding the contemporary world. We explore the mechanisms and consequences of modern Chinese economic development and China’s role in the global economy. Our focus will be on the period following 1978, when China began its dramatic transformation from a planned to a market economy. Major topics and themes include the historical and institutional background of modern China, the country’s geopolitical “rise,” and key foreign relations issues.
Wine Business & Marketing
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: BUS 252 F
Dual Listing: IGC 252 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Sustainability: Science, Political Economy and Business
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalents
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: BUS 259 F
Dual Listing: POL 259 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 259 N Sustain: Sci, Political Econ & Bus
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The word “sustainability” seems to be everywhere these days. But how has this concept evolved over time? What are the fundamental ideas and theories that support it, and what are its scientific, technological, and economic dimensions? In examining these questions, we look closely at the roles of various stakeholders, such as governments, NGOs and businesses, in promoting a more sustainable society. There are also those who have opposed or impeded sustainable practices, and we explore how they have done so and their reasons, both stated and otherwise. Students develop their own sustainability-based project concerning a specific field of their choice.
Beyond Modern Capitalism: Rethinking the Global Socio-Economic Order
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent. Recommended: BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalent
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: BUS 286 F
Dual Listing: POL 286 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 286 N Beyond Modern Capitalism
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Calvino
Description: How has the current socio-economic order come to be? What are its origins, its most important developments, and what, if any, are the alternatives? With a critical, multidisciplinary approach, we examine the role of political, economic and social elements and forces in the evolution of the current capitalist system, fleshing out both its positive and negative aspects. We look at whether capitalism has a “sustainable” future, and investigate the feasibility of alternate models: would they be more capable of satisfying socio-economic needs in fair and equitable ways?
International Art Business
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalents
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: BUS 290 F
Dual Listing: ART 297 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 318 N International Art Business
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: An introduction to the art market and the institutional networks that support and promote art-based transactions. We explore the buying and selling of works of art, both within the auction framework and elsewhere. Lectures and interactions with sector specialists help students develop their ability to identify and analyze pieces of art, access marketing opportunities, and devise effective strategies for a variety of professional roles. We specifically investigate the role of the art dealer and art administrator, as well as gain a firm understanding of the international laws and other recognized practices that regulate the field.
Global Financial Markets
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 222 Principles of Finance, or equivalent. Mathematical aptitude is required
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: BUS 380 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 363 N Global Financial Markets
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Palladio
Description: Globalization and integration of international financial markets present unique opportunities and unique risks for investors, bankers, firms and policymakers. For students seeking advancements or employment in the banking industry or wishing to understand financing opportunities for entrepreneurial activities, this course is focused on the competitive dynamics and performance of the global financial markets. It addresses organizational strategy, capital market products, risk diversification and market developments, including the US, Europe and the emerging markets. Topics also include the structure and types of capital markets, and how to identify key participants and their impact on the market Throughout the course, current events are used to illustrate and reinforce class material.
Presentation and Public Speaking
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: COM 105 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 101 L Public Presentation
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Speaking and presenting comfortably and effectively in public is a life skill. In both personal and professional situations, these abilities can make the difference between success and failure. In individual, group and class exercises, we explore and consolidate the skills and methods for overcoming performance anxiety, controlling voice and body language, and saying what you want to say in the way you want to say it. What makes for a good delivery? How do you get the most out of your research, outline and multimedia materials? We also analyze a variety of speeches, in written and oral form, to see how skilled communicators craft effective communications.
Introduction to Communications
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: COM 130 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 102 L Introduction to Communication
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: The essential concepts and fundamental theories that describe the processes, functions, types, and effects of communication. We get to know the basics communicative categories (interpersonal, group, organizational, mediated, cultural) and explore how specific contexts affect its forms. What ethical issues are at stake in the world of communications, and what global opportunities and challenges does it offer? How are new technologies affecting the way we think about communications, and the types of professional opportunities available? Develops critical thinking and writing skills, as well as confidence and effectiveness in group work and presentations.
The Body Speaks: The Importance of Non-Verbal Communication
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: COM 212 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 110 L Body Language and Communication
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Body language matters. Understanding and managing it is key to good interpersonal relations and effective communication, in the working world as well as in our personal lives. We develop an awareness and know-how of both verbal and non-verbal communication, and how they work together. In both individual and group contexts, students learn the importance of motivation, the coherence between body and spoken language, and effective use of tone of voice and eye contact. Students “learn by doing,” engaging in practical, proactive scripted and improvisational exercises (theatrical techniques, team building, self-presentation, and movement drills) to assess their own strengths and weaknesses, and then implement a personal program to chart and consolidate their progress.
Media Ethics
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: COM 245 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 330 L Communication Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: In today’s media, is there anything that cannot be said or done? Are there rules for ethical behavior that govern journalists, and if so, who makes them? What are the ethical implications of information? In a complex communications landscape, our image of society is shaped by crucial issues and problems that are presented and often forgotten at breakneck speed; journalists, editors, and professionals in advertising and public relations must weigh the pros and cons of covering stories that put people in danger or arouse conflicts of interest and loyalties. We explore how communications professionals decide what to say and what to censure, the consequences of war and peacetime on information, the complicated management of public relations, and the ethical challenges of digital convergence and the new frontiers of mass communications.
Visual Culture in Italy Since 1945 (Art, Design, Media)
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: COM 277 F
Dual Listing: ART 277 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 294 L ART: Special Topics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: What do Vespa scooters, Vittorio De Sica's neorealist movies, Gucci’s bamboo bag, Gio Ponti’s “Superleggera” chair, Giuseppe Cavalli’s photos of southern Italian trulli, and Alberto Burri’s canvases spattered with tar have in common? Is there such thing as a shared “Italian” visual culture? We explore this question with a communications-based approach to visual culture in post-World War II Italy. Our subjects are works of contemporary art and design, conceived as communicators of cultural messages that blur the often-artificial distinction between these two fields. Case studies highlight how designers, directors, and artists influenced one another and even collaborated directly, instances in which theory took a back seat to process and context. Students will find inspiration in these concrete paths to innovation.
Global Media Strategies
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) COM 313 Integrated Marketing Communication or COM 204 Advertising Principles; 2) COM 300 Public Relations, or equivalents
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: COM 360 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 364 L Global Media Strategies
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: In an age in which our target market is often the world, what constitutes a winning media strategy? How can both traditional and new media be harnessed to develop captivating content through all stages of the customer relationship cycle? We examine how to develop, measure, and improve multi-channel communications strategies for acquiring new customers, retaining existing ones, encouraging repeat purchases, and building long-term, profitable relationships. Students gain familiarity with analyzing media usage habits, a key tool in discovering the best ways to reach and dialogue with new and existing customers.
Global IMC Campaign Development
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) BUS 312 International Marketing; 2) COM 411 Global Brand Management or COM 360 Global Media Strategies, or equivalents
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: COM 441 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 429 L Global Mkt Camp Devl
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Using the skills developed in previous Global Integrated Marketing Communication courses, students develop a comprehensive, insight-driven, multimedia IMC campaign. Work includes the necessary primary and secondary research to determine and analyze ideal target audiences and collect key customer feedback; the creation of a “big” campaign idea and the development of an integrated multimedia strategy based on consumer behavior research; and bringing these together with a feasible, measurable media strategy and the creative elements required to make the campaign memorable and successful.
Capping: Communications Studies
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Communications majors of senior standing
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: COM 461 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 401 L Capping
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Ghiberti
Description: A capping course required of all senior Communications majors. It ties together the various elements in a student’s course of study and academic experience, uniting the various sub-fields in which students have specialized and reinforcing the connections between them and the applications of these subjects in their professional future.
Introduction to Environmental Issues
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: ENV 180 F
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 101 L Introduction to Environmental Issues
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Perhaps never before has the environment been such a central theme in our lives. Yet it is also a potentially limitless field in which it is easy to get lost or sidetracked. We explore the major concepts and questions to provide a foundation for understanding the critical environmental issues of today and tomorrow: climate change, population growth, natural resource management, pollution, global changes in biodiversity and wildlife, habitat loss, land and coastal erosion, food production, water resources, and changing consumption and living habits. A reflection on global environmental issues within an earth systems framework that places the various pieces of the puzzle in dialogue with one another.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: Lecture course only. No hands-on component. The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates). Easter Monday (Apr 5) Makeup on FRI April 9
Course code: ENV 280 F
Dual Listing: IGC 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 250 L: Eco-Gastronomy: Sustainable Food
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: GND 280 F
Dual Listing: PSY 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Palladio
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, love relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Women Artists: From the Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: GND 281 F
Dual Listing: ART 281 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Despite women’s active role in the art world for centuries, we tend to identify them more as patrons, muses and models than as artists. Bucking this trend, we explore the extraordinary contribution of female artists to Western art history, and how they have shaped the evolution of artistic language from the Renaissance to today. A critical analysis and contextualization of artists such as Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rosalba Carriera, Berthe Morisot, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, and Marina Abramovic, whose works will be analyzed in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as in a larger art-historical perspective, allows students to appreciate how female artists have gained increasing prominence in the art world in recent centuries, and grapple with the question of whether art by women possesses exclusive qualities absent from work by their male counterparts.
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: In collaboration with CAMNES. The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates.)
Course code: HIS 200 F
Dual Listing: ANC 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: HIS 280 F
Dual Listing: ART 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 275 L Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: The social, economic, political, and artistic life of Renaissance Florence, and its close ties to the fortune and fortunes of a group of elite families: the Medici, Rucellai, Strozzi, and Pitti. To get an idea of what life was like, at least for some, in the Renaissance city, we examine their art and artistic objects such as wedding chests and other furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and coats of arms. What can art and material culture tell us about everyday life, and at the same time, what are its limits? Through the lens of these families and the history of their public and private lives, we shed light on a series of characteristics that not only distinguished the Florence of the past, but in some ways still does, as some of these families still play an active role in the city’s life.
Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: HIS 300 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 253 L : Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: “Man is the measure of all things.” In this credo lay the core of the humanist thinking of the Renaissance, an age that exalted human capabilities and produced stunning achievements. We explore the artistic, literary, and political accomplishments of one of the most remarkable and vibrant periods in Italian history. What was the role of the Classical past for Renaissance thinkers and creators? How did the various Italian courts promote this unique culture and worldview? We focus on prominent figures who marked this era in a variety of fields: the prominent Medici, Sforza, and Della Rovere families, artists and architects like Brunelleschi, Alberti, Leonardo and Michelangelo, writers, poets, and philosophers such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico della Mirandola, and Machiavelli, and merchants, bankers, and courtiers.
Many Italies, Other Italies: Modern Literary Representations
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: LIT 285 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 266 / LIT 213 / POSC 266 / HIST 266 L The Italian-American Experience
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Overly simplistic views aside, Italian culture is anything but homogeneous. It is a complex “text” in which diverse, often conflicting voices and images merge and clash. Focusing on Italian and Anglo-American literature and films, we explore representations of Italy in the 20th and 21st centuries, attempting to transcend the idea of “mainstream” Italy. We examine the peninsula’s stereotyped image as it has been propagated by many famous foreigners throughout the ages, then focus on how Italy’s own writers and filmmakers have represented it, including the many marginal yet fundamental voices that often go unheard: those of southern Italians, Jewish Italians, emigrants (and Italian Americans), political dissidents, women, and more recently, immigrants from around the globe.
The Age of Heroes: The Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and the Origins of Western Literature
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: A prior course in Classics, Literature, or Religion.
Notes: In collaboration with CAMNES. The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: LIT 306 F
Dual Listing: ANC 306 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 306 / ENG 270 L The Age of Heroes: Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid and the Origins of Western Literature/ Classics of Western Lit
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: A comparative analysis of some of the oldest, greatest literary works in Western civilization. Using the most significant chapters from the Iliad and the Odyssey, written in the 8th century BCE, we immerse ourselves in the epic, supernatural world of Homer’s heroes, the veritable “bible” of classical civilization. How did the Greeks use myths to express the archetypal values that would become the cornerstones of future generations and civilizations? How did myths function as examples of storytelling prowess, expressions of ancient cultural traditions, and basic forms of communication and instruction? Then we observe the influence of this Greek tradition on the Romans in a selection of passages from the Aeneid, Virgil’s foundational epic from the 1st century BCE.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: LIT 350 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 333 L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
The Well Examined Life: Key Western Philosophers
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: PHI 185 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 101 L Philosoophical Perspectives
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: An introduction to the methods, content, and questions of philosophy, through the evolution of the main schools of Western thought. We focus on the fundamental thinkers and concerns from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of the Scientific Revolution: How did the key ideas of ancient Greek and Roman and early Christian philosophers influence their medieval and early modern successors? What was Catholicism’s impact on philosophy and vice versa, especially in the Italian tradition? In exploring these questions, we look at the life and most important works of, among others, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Petrarch, Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Machiavelli, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo Galilei.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Cultivating Well-Being in Challenging Times
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: PHI 220 F
Dual Listing: PSY 220 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 200 L Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Palladio
Description: Don't worry, be happy! Happiness is trendy both in academic and popular culture. Self-help books and internet guides to living a happier life have proliferated over the last decade. But is it truly possible to define and measure happiness? How can you tell whether you, or others, are happy or not? With an interdisciplinary approach that draws from experimental philosophy and positive psychology, we investigate the great Eastern and Western thinkers on the subject of happiness: from Plato, Aristotle, Confucius and Lao Tzu to Nietzsche, Mill and Thoreau. Students also engage in a series of experiments, activities, and narrative exercises to stimulate reflection on the topic and, we hope, promote their own social and emotional well-being.
China's Development and the Global Shift
THU 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: None; Recommended: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science and BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalents
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: POL 240 F
Dual Listing: BUS 240 F
Marist Code/Title: ECON 306 L China's Development & the Global Shift
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Why is China so central to the current world economy? Is its growth rate sustainable? Can the Chinese model be exported, and if so, what are its short and long-term costs? Understanding the history of Chinese economic reform, its political, environmental, and social context, and its implications is crucial to understanding the contemporary world. We explore the mechanisms and consequences of modern Chinese economic development and China’s role in the global economy. Our focus will be on the period following 1978, when China began its dramatic transformation from a planned to a market economy. Major topics and themes include the historical and institutional background of modern China, the country’s geopolitical “rise,” and key foreign relations issues.
Sustainability: Science, Political Economy and Business
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalents
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: POL 259 F
Dual Listing: BUS 259 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 259 N Sustain: Sci, Political Econ & Bus
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The word “sustainability” seems to be everywhere these days. But how has this concept evolved over time? What are the fundamental ideas and theories that support it, and what are its scientific, technological, and economic dimensions? In examining these questions, we look closely at the roles of various stakeholders, such as governments, NGOs and businesses, in promoting a more sustainable society. There are also those who have opposed or impeded sustainable practices, and we explore how they have done so and their reasons, both stated and otherwise. Students develop their own sustainability-based project concerning a specific field of their choice.
Beyond Modern Capitalism: Rethinking the Global Socio-Economic Order
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent. Recommended: BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalent
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: POL 286 F
Dual Listing: BUS 286 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 286 N Beyond Modern Capitalism
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Calvino
Description: How has the current socio-economic order come to be? What are its origins, its most important developments, and what, if any, are the alternatives? With a critical, multidisciplinary approach, we examine the role of political, economic and social elements and forces in the evolution of the current capitalist system, fleshing out both its positive and negative aspects. We look at whether capitalism has a “sustainable” future, and investigate the feasibility of alternate models: would they be more capable of satisfying socio-economic needs in fair and equitable ways?
International Politics
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: POL 288 F
Marist Code/Title: POSC 113 L International Relation
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: The fundamental concepts of international politics, and the most important events in the world of international relations from the Peace of Westphalia (1648) to the present. Why should we care about what goes on at the United Nations? Why is it important that even small nations have a forum in which to make their voices heard? We outline the main differences between the traditional nation-state system and the present global order, highlighting the growing importance of international organizations and their role in promoting peace, democracy, and human rights. What is the role of international law and diplomacy? How has globalization affected processes of regional integration and international economic organizations? How are international relationships affected by questions such as war, terrorism, and migration?
International Conflict Resolution
MON 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: POL 292 F
Marist Code/Title: POLI 223 / SOC 336 L Social Inequality / International Conflict Resolution
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: How are violent international conflicts guided and transformed toward peace? What are the major concepts and theories that govern intervention in such situations, and how do they play out on the ground? The importance of international conflict resolution in recent years has made it the subject of intense debate, and we examine the new roles and tasks that have emerged for international organizations such as the UN and OSCE, as well as the increasing importance of “second-track” citizens’ diplomacy and third-party non-violent intervention. In the case of Italy, we explore the importance of Catholicism and a long tradition of local self-government in shaping peace organizations and mobilizing city and regional governments and NGOs to contribute to international peace and development initiatives.
Introduction to Psychology
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: PSY 150 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 101 L : Introduction to Psychology
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Explores the major areas of psychology and the scientific and non-scientific approaches to investigating psychological phenomena. We take a critical look at the most up-to-date research and theoretical debate, discussing topics such as anthropological assumptions and implications, deontology, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, consciousness, language, learning, personality, development, and psychopathology. For each, we examine the principal theories from diverse perspectives (e.g., biological, behavioral, cognitive, and psychodynamic). We also familiarize ourselves with different types of scientific research (e.g., experiments, correlational research, review, meta-analysis) and the typical structure of a research paper (introduction, method, results, discussion, limitations, and implications).
The Pursuit of Happiness: Cultivating Well-Being in Challenging Times
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates). Easter Monday (Apr 5) Makeup on FRI April 9
Course code: PSY 220 F
Dual Listing: PHI 220 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 200 L Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Palladio
Description: Don't worry, be happy! Happiness is trendy both in academic and popular culture. Self-help books and internet guides to living a happier life have proliferated over the last decade. But is it truly possible to define and measure happiness? How can you tell whether you, or others, are happy or not? With an interdisciplinary approach that draws from experimental philosophy and positive psychology, we investigate the great Eastern and Western thinkers on the subject of happiness: from Plato, Aristotle, Confucius and Lao Tzu to Nietzsche, Mill and Thoreau. Students also engage in a series of experiments, activities, and narrative exercises to stimulate reflection on the topic and, we hope, promote their own social and emotional well-being.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates). Easter Monday (Apr 5) Makeup on FRI April 9
Course code: PSY 280 F
Dual Listing: GND 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Palladio
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Psychology of Art and Human Creativity
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: PSY 320 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 221 L Psychology of Art & Human Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Creativity is universal to our species, and art is one of its most fascinating forms of expression. But while forms of art have existed in all human cultures, what do we really know about creative expression from a psychological perspective? Why drives people to make art? At the intersection of the arts, neuroscience, cognitive studies, psychoanalysis, and cultural and developmental psychology, we look at the psychological processes that underlie human creativity and its expression in various art forms (painting, sculpture, architecture, performance art, dance, music, film, photography) in the context of our cultural and cognitive evolution. Includes experiential workshops, hands-on class activities, a meeting with a local artist, inspiring site visits, and a creative personal project that will be part of a collective exhibition.
World Religions
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: REL 210 F
Marist Code/Title: REST 209 L World Religions
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: A historical and cultural survey of the basic teachings and doctrines of the world’s major religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. For each religion we examine a variety of themes: the nature of our world and the universe; the relationship between the individual and the divine; man’s fate after death; the meaning and goals of worldly life; the importance of worship and rituals; and ethics and human action. Readings include excerpts from the most important texts of each tradition, including the Old and New Testament, the Qur’an, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, Chuang-Tzu, Buddhist Sutras, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the Confucian Canon. Students will also be introduced to the fundamental principles of meditation and its goals.
Magic, Divination, and Ghosts in the Ancient World
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: REL 288 F
Dual Listing: ANC 288 F
Marist Code/Title: REL 216 L Ancient Greek Religion
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Palladio
Description: In ancient cultures, the supernatural was everywhere. How did people make contact with and represent spirits, specters, the afterlife and the netherworld, and how did these practices evolve across time and space? Our focus will be on the various aspects of magic and sorcery, including shamanism, divination, necromancy (evoking the dead), and curses (namely binding and love curses). We also examine the subject of the “restless dead” (i.e. ghosts), a privileged medium that ancient people believed allowed them to communicate with the world beyond the grave. Sources include reproductions of ancient magical papyri and cursed tablets. Comparisons of ancient beliefs and practices with those of more modern cultures and folklore.
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
WED 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 203
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: SOC 260 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 370/CRJU 350 L Organized Crime
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Many Italian words have been adopted in other languages, but perhaps none is as widespread as “mafia,” applied to a variety of criminal organizations in every corner of the world. We explore organized crime in Italy from a historical, social, and cultural perspective, tracing its evolution from the 19th century to the present. Our main focus will be the Sicilian Mafia, a pioneer in many ways and model for similar organizations, both in other Italian regions and for the American “Mob,” a direct outgrowth of Sicilian criminal culture and immigration. We analyze how the mafia uses language, with its message systems and “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, social relationships, and the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
The Etruscan and Roman Civilizations
TUE 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 245 T
Marist Code/Title: CSIT 250L Civilization of Italy
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: The extraordinary civilizations that thrived in central Italy between the 8th century BCE and the 5th century CE. We explore the political, social, cultural, and religious dimensions of Etruscan and Roman culture, and immerse ourselves in their art, architecture and literature. Archaeological evidence sheds light on their customs and daily life. We also investigate the practice of modern archaeology, through case studies related to excavations in and around Tuscania, an area of exceptional archaeological interest. Site visits consolidate classroom learning and enhance students’ understanding of these ancient cultures.
Wine Business & Marketing
MON 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 T
Dual Listing: IGC 252 T
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Social Media Marketing
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 316 T
Dual Listing: COM 316 T
Marist Code/Title: COM 388 N ST: Social Media Marketing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: How can social media be used to sell products? What are winning social media-based marketing strategies, and how do you determine whether or not your approach has been effective? We explore the fundamental marketing concepts relevant to the digital world, and develop the skills needed to create and implement successful new media marketing campaigns, online strategies, and other types of digital-era business operations. The most popular, “best-selling” platforms, the differences between specific media tools and the operations they can be used for, and how they can increase business and engage with online customers. Students develop their understanding of digital tactics and essential know-how to become successful social media managers.
Marketing/Advertising Internship
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Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Marketing/Advertising majors of junior standing with at least 2-3 prior courses in the field; 2) Concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field; 3) Elementary Italian 1 completed (ITL 101 level) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class (ITL/ITC). Recommended: Social networking experience.
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent, sample of marketing work (due by application deadline) onsite interview and Italian language placement test. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: BUS 361 T
Marist Code/Title: BUS 397N Business Internship
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: TBA
Room: External
Description: A practical, professional experience at a communications agency in Florence, or a local business in Tuscania. Interns participate in activities including market research, developing marketing, price, distribution and promotional strategies, creating ads for local and international print and e-publications, issuing newsletters and mailing lists, creating website content, and managing social media. Monitoring is carried out by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades, assigned by the faculty supervisor, reflect weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission requirements: CV, two letters of reference, a formal letter of intent, a sample of marketing work (i.e., blog writing, social media campaigns, press releases, advertising projects). Supporting documentation must be submitted by application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during first week of term.
Social Media Marketing
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: COM 316 T
Dual Listing: BUS 316 T
Marist Code/Title: COM 388 N ST: Social Media Marketing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: How can social media be used to sell products? What are winning social media-based marketing strategies, and how do you determine whether or not your approach has been effective? We explore the fundamental marketing concepts relevant to the digital world, and develop the skills needed to create and implement successful new media marketing campaigns, online strategies, and other types of digital-era business operations. The most popular, “best-selling” platforms, the differences between specific media tools and the operations they can be used for, and how they can increase business and engage with online customers. Students develop their understanding of digital tactics and essential know-how to become successful social media managers.
Sustainable Forest Management
TUE 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ENV 190 T
Dual Listing: AGR 190 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: Lecture only, no hands-on component
Course code: ENV 280 T
Dual Listing: IGC 280 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 250 L Eco-Gastronomy: Sustainable Food
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
Medieval Civilization and Culture
THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 212 T
Marist Code/Title: HST 248/ ART 245 L Medieval Civilization and Culture
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Between Constantine’s Edict of Milan in 313 and the rise of humanist culture during the 14th century, Western civilization was profoundly transformed. No stagnant, “dark” age, this period witnessed dynamic, drastic shifts in both values and borders. In political theory and the visual arts, for example, the classical heritage survived and evolved, reinterpreted alongside new and innovative visions. We explore continuity and change in politics, society, economics, and culture through the most important historical, literary, archaeological and artistic sources. Topics include the late Roman Empire and the “barbarian” invasions, monasticism and medieval Christianity, the crusades, the rise of the Italian city-states, the Black Death, the roots of the Renaissance and the evolution of the arts. Includes site visits in and around Florence or Tuscania, depending on course location.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
TUE 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: LIT 350 T
Marist Code/Title: LIT 333L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
Social Psychology
WED 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 200 T
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 220 L Social Psychology
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: How do we think about, influence, and relate to other people? What is the role of others in forming our perception of ourselves, our attitudes, and the degree to which we obey rules and generally conform? We explore human social behavior through the field’s major theories, findings, approaches, and methods, emphasizing an interpersonal perspective. Specific topics include attribution theory, causes of prejudice and aggression and methods for reducing them, altruism, development of gender roles, stereotypes, and nonverbal behavior. We also make use of our Italian setting to compare and contrast the influence of different cultures on individual and group behavior.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
THU 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 T
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religion and Culture in Italy
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Travel Writing
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 290 T
Marist Code/Title: ENG 245 L Travel Writing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Historically, Italy has been an incredibly potent source of inspiration for writers and poets from around the world. Countless novels, stories, and poems have sprung from their authors’ travels and experiences in the bel paese. We explore the art and craft of travel writing with a particular emphasis on Italian cities, though our minds and pens will also wander to other real and imagined worlds. Visits to sites of historic, artistic, and cultural importance in and around Florence, along with a selection of the best in world travel literature, provide us with inspiration and models. We then use a series of guided exercises and assignments to explore and practice firsthand the distinctive qualities of travel writing–its combination of history, culture, information, musings, and memory–and how it can lead to a deeper understanding of our own experiences and cultural identity.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 215 F
Dual Listing: HIS 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
Palaces of Florence
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
International Art Business
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalents
Course code: ART 297 F
Dual Listing: BUS 290 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 318 N International Art Business
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: An introduction to the art market and the institutional networks that support and promote art-based transactions. We explore the buying and selling of works of art, both within the auction framework and elsewhere. Lectures and interactions with sector specialists help students develop their ability to identify and analyze pieces of art, access marketing opportunities, and devise effective strategies for a variety of professional roles. We specifically investigate the role of the art dealer and art administrator, as well as gain a firm understanding of the international laws and other recognized practices that regulate the field.
Principles of Marketing
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: BUS 210 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 210 N Principles of Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: What makes marketing such a dynamic and exciting field? What can good marketing give to a company, and how can it help overcome the challenges businesses face on an everyday basis? We explore marketing’s essential principles and concepts, as well as the true nature and scope of marketing management. Topics include marketing strategy, the 4 P’s, market planning, retailing and wholesaling, target marketing, market segmentation, and services marketing. We also discuss marketing’s strategic importance to any organization, whether it be a for-profit commercial enterprise or a non-profit or charitable entity.
International Business
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: BUS 250 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Which are the key characteristics and features of the EU business environment? How can you analyse the main opportunities and challenges to which companies and firms operating within it are exposed? In this course we will analyse and review aspects related to the history and development of the EU, and its business environment, such as the history and development of European integration, the characteristics of the European business arena, European economics, finance and funding mechanisms, the 'Europeanization' of business environment and management, and Marketing in Europe. As second step, we will exploit Italy as a case study to illustrate the main opportunities and challenges related to doing business in a foreign Country. In particular, after an overview of the main characteristics of the Italian Business Culture and how it has been shaped by the Italian history, we will focus on the analysis of the following areas: How to start a business in Italy, Hiring and managing staff in Italy, The taxation system in Italy, Protecting the intellectual property in Italy and the importance of Italian business in the European context, especially with reference to SMEs.
International Art Business
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 290 F
Dual Listing: ART 297 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 318 N International Art Business
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: An introduction to the art market and the institutional networks that support and promote art-based transactions. We explore the buying and selling of works of art, both within the auction framework and elsewhere. Lectures and interactions with sector specialists help students develop their ability to identify and analyze pieces of art, access marketing opportunities, and devise effective strategies for a variety of professional roles. We specifically investigate the role of the art dealer and art administrator, as well as gain a firm understanding of the international laws and other recognized practices that regulate the field.
Luxury Brand Management
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing or FAS 215 Fashion Marketing or equivalents, or Business, Management, Marketing or Merchandising majors of junior standing
Course code: BUS 352 F
Dual Listing: FAS 352 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 455 N Global Merchandising
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Luxury brand management is both a concept and a global reality, representing a multi-billion-dollar market of goods and services. How has it developed over time? What are its political, economic and social aspects, and how does it relate to design, pop culture and the arts? Through a range of case studies and products in the fashion sector and beyond, we explore the challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a luxury brand, as well as its economic management and distribution. We also trace the evolution of luxury brand identities in terms of key concepts such as desire, status, exclusivity, supply and demand, consumption, and value, to understand how luxury brands resist global economic recession.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 215 F
Dual Listing: ANC 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: LIT 350 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 333 L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Cultivating Well-Being in Challenging Times
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: PHI 220 F
Dual Listing: PSY 220 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 200 L Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Don't worry, be happy! Happiness is trendy both in academic and popular culture. Self-help books and internet guides to living a happier life have proliferated over the last decade. But is it truly possible to define and measure happiness? How can you tell whether you, or others, are happy or not? With an interdisciplinary approach that draws from experimental philosophy and positive psychology, we investigate the great Eastern and Western thinkers on the subject of happiness: from Plato, Aristotle, Confucius and Lao Tzu to Nietzsche, Mill and Thoreau. Students also engage in a series of experiments, activities, and narrative exercises to stimulate reflection on the topic and, we hope, promote their own social and emotional well-being.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Cultivating Well-Being in Challenging Times
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: PSY 220 F
Dual Listing: PHI 220 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 200 L Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Don't worry, be happy! Happiness is trendy both in academic and popular culture. Self-help books and internet guides to living a happier life have proliferated over the last decade. But is it truly possible to define and measure happiness? How can you tell whether you, or others, are happy or not? With an interdisciplinary approach that draws from experimental philosophy and positive psychology, we investigate the great Eastern and Western thinkers on the subject of happiness: from Plato, Aristotle, Confucius and Lao Tzu to Nietzsche, Mill and Thoreau. Students also engage in a series of experiments, activities, and narrative exercises to stimulate reflection on the topic and, we hope, promote their own social and emotional well-being.
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: SOC 260 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 370/CRJU 350 L Organized Crime
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Many Italian words have been adopted in other languages, but perhaps none is as widespread as “mafia,” applied to a variety of criminal organizations in every corner of the world. We explore organized crime in Italy from a historical, social, and cultural perspective, tracing its evolution from the 19th century to the present. Our main focus will be the Sicilian Mafia, a pioneer in many ways and model for similar organizations, both in other Italian regions and for the American “Mob,” a direct outgrowth of Sicilian criminal culture and immigration. We analyze how the mafia uses language, with its message systems and “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, social relationships, and the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
MON to THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: Lecture only, no hands-on component
Course code: ENV 280 T
Dual Listing: IGC 280 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 250 L Eco-Gastronomy: Sustainable Food
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
Medieval Civilization and Culture
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: HIS 212 T
Marist Code/Title: HST 248/ ART 245 L Medieval Civilization and Culture
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Between Constantine’s Edict of Milan in 313 and the rise of humanist culture during the 14th century, Western civilization was profoundly transformed. No stagnant, “dark” age, this period witnessed dynamic, drastic shifts in both values and borders. In political theory and the visual arts, for example, the classical heritage survived and evolved, reinterpreted alongside new and innovative visions. We explore continuity and change in politics, society, economics, and culture through the most important historical, literary, archaeological and artistic sources. Topics include the late Roman Empire and the “barbarian” invasions, monasticism and medieval Christianity, the crusades, the rise of the Italian city-states, the Black Death, the roots of the Renaissance and the evolution of the arts. Includes site visits in and around Florence or Tuscania, depending on course location.
International Law
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent; or majors in Legal Studies
Course code: POL 315 T
Marist Code/Title: POLI 310 L : International Law
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: Healthy international relations hinge on the reciprocal respect of rules, the sum of which constitute what is known as international law. Yet nations are also independent entities, exceedingly prone to acting in their own self-interest. How can international law function effectively when states so often choose to ignore or flagrantly violate its dictates? We explore this group of mutually-agreed-upon rules, the matters they regulate, and their influence on how states conduct both domestic and foreign policy. Topics include the jurisdiction of international law, international organizations (with a focus on the UN), treaties, liability, and crime (such as international terrorism).
Child Psychology
MON to THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 210 T
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 317 L Child Development
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: What do infants know at birth? Is aggressiveness in children inborn or acquired? Are children confused by early exposure to multiple languages? How do you raise an altruistic child? We explore development from the prenatal period through adolescence, examining the major theories, findings, approaches and methods of developmental psychology. How do the biological, cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional spheres each contribute, and how are they related? Given their importance, the domestic and scholastic environments will be analyzed particularly closely. Includes in-person and/or video-based observational exercises involving children, which students will use to design appropriate methods for collecting developmental data and explore the differences between their own and Italian culture.
Yoga Wellness Workshop: Body and Spirit
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: In collaboration with CAMNES. Course with extensive practical activities. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 221 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: A summer workshop designed to offer an immersive experience in the Yoga tradition. We delve into both the philosophy and practice of Yoga, analyzing its roots in ancient India and selected ancient sacred texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga sutras, as well as Yoga’s current popularity and place in western culture. Meanwhile, students experience paths to attaining spiritual realization and union with the divine, calming the busy modern mind (mindfulness), and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Yoga’s sister discipline, Ayurveda, a five-thousand-year-old Indian healing system. Daily sessions introduce various schools such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Yin, as well as Restorative Yoga and specific therapies to combat eating disorders and addiction.
Creative Writing
MON to THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 220 T
Marist Code/Title: ENG 280 L : Creative Writing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: Explores both the theoretical and practical aspects of creative writing through the basic principles and techniques for producing quality written work. We introduce and explore a variety of writing aids and inspirational exercises to stimulate students’ creativity and pave the way for producing various types of texts. Written work is read out loud and critiqued as a class, enabling students to develop a greater critical awareness of their own writing as well as learn from their peers’ experiences and solutions. Geared toward seriously motivated, self-disciplined students looking to develop their ability to write creatively and effectively. Includes mid-term and final writing projects that reflect the themes and processes discussed during the semester.
Archaeology Workshop
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANC 193 F
Dual Listing: ANT 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Ancient Rome
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 200 F
Dual Listing: HIS 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Greek and Roman Mythology
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 216 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 360 L Ancient Greek Literature
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes play a fundamental role in the development of Western art and literature, especially after their revival during the Renaissance. They provide a key to understanding not only the ideals and aspirations of the Roman Empire, but modern literature and psychology as well. We examine the major deities of the Greek and Roman pantheon through history, literature and archaeology. How did Greek myths influence the Roman world? What can the Iliad, Odyssey, and Roman foundation myths and sagas tell us about the relationship between myth and history? We also discuss how these myths were represented visually on ancient monuments and everyday objects, and how their stories evolved after the classical period. Includes visits to museums, monuments and/or archaeological sites.
Archaeology Workshop
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANT 193 F
Dual Listing: ANC 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Palaces of Florence
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
Wine Business & Marketing
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 F
Dual Listing: IGC 252 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
International Business Negotiation
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 130 Introduction to Business or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 322 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 388 N ST: Conflict Transformation
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Corporate finance from the vantage point of the financial managers responsible for making crucial investment and financing decisions. How do you make effective marketing decisions? What are the keys to incisive operations management? Questions such as these depend in part on corporate finance, which must be well integrated into overall corporate strategy. We investigate such topics as leasing and leveraged buyouts, dividend policies, capital market efficiency, capital budgeting, and financial analysis and forecasting. Examples and case studies are used frequently to illustrate how concepts and theories play out in the real world.
Luxury Brand Management
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing or FAS 215 Fashion Marketing or equivalents, or Business, Management, Marketing or Merchandising majors of junior standing
Course code: BUS 352 F
Dual Listing: FAS 352 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 455 N Global Merchandising
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Luxury brand management is both a concept and a global reality, representing a multi-billion-dollar market of goods and services. How has it developed over time? What are its political, economic and social aspects, and how does it relate to design, pop culture and the arts? Through a range of case studies and products in the fashion sector and beyond, we explore the challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a luxury brand, as well as its economic management and distribution. We also trace the evolution of luxury brand identities in terms of key concepts such as desire, status, exclusivity, supply and demand, consumption, and value, to understand how luxury brands resist global economic recession.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: GND 280 F
Dual Listing: PSY 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, love relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Ancient Rome
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 200 F
Dual Listing: ANC 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Italian Crime Fiction
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: LIT 220 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 226 L : Italian Crime Fiction
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Contemporary Italy is “mysterious.” In the mid-twentieth century, Italian writers such as Gadda and Sciascia began integrating features of the crime genre into their novels and short stories to such an extent that the mystery novel became a powerful tool for narrating the Italian experience. By the 1990's, a new generation of writers, including Camilleri, Ammaniti, and Lucarelli, had created the "Italian noir" genre, which aimed to reveal disconcerting truths in a fictional, entertaining framework. We examine some of its most representative works for what they tell us about Italian culture and society. The use of geography, history, politics and language; varying portrayals of criminality and the relationship between citizens and the law; and a comparison of these Italian crime writers and their foreign colleagues.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: PSY 280 F
Dual Listing: GND 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Psychology of Art and Human Creativity
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 320 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 221 L Psychology of Art & Human Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Creativity is universal to our species, and art is one of its most fascinating forms of expression. But while forms of art have existed in all human cultures, what do we really know about creative expression from a psychological perspective? Why drives people to make art? At the intersection of the arts, neuroscience, cognitive studies, psychoanalysis, and cultural and developmental psychology, we look at the psychological processes that underlie human creativity and its expression in various art forms (painting, sculpture, architecture, performance art, dance, music, film, photography) in the context of our cultural and cognitive evolution. Includes experiential workshops, hands-on class activities, a meeting with a local artist, inspiring site visits, and a creative personal project that will be part of a collective exhibition.
Wine Business & Marketing
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 T
Dual Listing: IGC 252 T
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Sustainable Forest Management
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: ENV 190 T
Dual Listing: AGR 190 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Sustainable Italy: Environmental Awareness and Ecotourism
MON to THU 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: ENV 238 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 101 L Intro to Environmental Issues
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Sustainable practices represent an incredible opportunity for “ecotourism,” which aims to attract visitors and provide them with accommodations and activities that don’t exploit or damage the environment. We look at how problems of natural resources management can be transformed into exciting new possibilities, and the importance of raising awareness of this potential for economic gain via environmental preservation and revival. Focusing particularly on Italy and Tuscany, we explore the range of ecosystem services (support, provisioning, regulating, cultural activities) that can stimulate local economies while protecting our natural heritage. A multidisciplinary perspective combines classroom learning, research, and fieldwork to expose students to the fascinating complexity of the environment and the possibilities for a more sustainable future.
Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent
Course code: HIS 300 T
Marist Code/Title: HST 253 L Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: “Man is the measure of all things.” In this credo lay the core of the humanist thinking of the Renaissance, an age that exalted human capabilities and produced stunning achievements. We explore the artistic, literary, and political accomplishments of one of the most remarkable and vibrant periods in Italian history. What was the role of the Classical past for Renaissance thinkers and creators? How did the various Italian courts promote this unique culture and worldview? We focus on prominent figures who marked this era in a variety of fields: the prominent Medici, Sforza, and Della Rovere families, artists and architects like Brunelleschi, Alberti, Leonardo and Michelangelo, writers, poets, and philosophers such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico della Mirandola, and Machiavelli, and merchants, bankers, and courtiers.
International Law
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent; or majors in Legal Studies
Course code: POL 315 T
Marist Code/Title: POLI 310 L : International Law
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Healthy international relations hinge on the reciprocal respect of rules, the sum of which constitute what is known as international law. Yet nations are also independent entities, exceedingly prone to acting in their own self-interest. How can international law function effectively when states so often choose to ignore or flagrantly violate its dictates? We explore this group of mutually-agreed-upon rules, the matters they regulate, and their influence on how states conduct both domestic and foreign policy. Topics include the jurisdiction of international law, international organizations (with a focus on the UN), treaties, liability, and crime (such as international terrorism).
Social Psychology
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 200 T
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 220 L : Social Psychology
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: How do we think about, influence, and relate to other people? What is the role of others in forming our perception of ourselves, our attitudes, and the degree to which we obey rules and generally conform? We explore human social behavior through the field’s major theories, findings, approaches, and methods, emphasizing an interpersonal perspective. Specific topics include attribution theory, causes of prejudice and aggression and methods for reducing them, altruism, development of gender roles, stereotypes, and nonverbal behavior. We also make use of our Italian setting to compare and contrast the influence of different cultures on individual and group behavior.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 T
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religions of India
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Travel Writing
MON to THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 290 T
Marist Code/Title: ENG 245 L Travel Writing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Historically, Italy has been an incredibly potent source of inspiration for writers and poets from around the world. Countless novels, stories, and poems have sprung from their authors’ travels and experiences in the bel paese. We explore the art and craft of travel writing with a particular emphasis on Italian cities, though our minds and pens will also wander to other real and imagined worlds. Visits to sites of historic, artistic, and cultural importance in and around Florence, along with a selection of the best in world travel literature, provide us with inspiration and models. We then use a series of guided exercises and assignments to explore and practice firsthand the distinctive qualities of travel writing–its combination of history, culture, information, musings, and memory–and how it can lead to a deeper understanding of our own experiences and cultural identity.
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANC 193 F
Dual Listing: ANT 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 200 F
Dual Listing: HIS 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Greek and Roman Mythology
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 216 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 360 L Ancient Greek Literature
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: The stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes play a fundamental role in the development of Western art and literature, especially after their revival during the Renaissance. They provide a key to understanding not only the ideals and aspirations of the Roman Empire, but modern literature and psychology as well. We examine the major deities of the Greek and Roman pantheon through history, literature and archaeology. How did Greek myths influence the Roman world? What can the Iliad, Odyssey, and Roman foundation myths and sagas tell us about the relationship between myth and history? We also discuss how these myths were represented visually on ancient monuments and everyday objects, and how their stories evolved after the classical period. Includes visits to museums, monuments and/or archaeological sites.
Co(ok)quinarius: Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: lecture with practical cooking component. Lab fee required. May not be suitable for students with allergies or intolerances (i.e., gluten, etc.)
Course code: ANC 264 F
Dual Listing: IGC 264 F ANT 264 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 264 L Co(ok)quinarius Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Artusi
Description: In the fascinating setting of Florence’s Central Market, a hands–on exploration of the ancient Mediterranean’s major culinary cultures–the forerunners of modern Italian cuisine. Making use of the tools of experimental archaeology, we prepare and taste ancient Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern dishes and explore the distinction between how food was consumed, and how it was used symbolically. Topics include the social dimensions of food, a history of specific commodities, everyday eating habits and etiquette, and culinary rituals and taboos. Students also develop the manual skills associated with food preparation.
Anthropology of Fashion and Desirability: Beyond the Catwalk
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ANT 185 F
Dual Listing: FAS 185 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 254 L Anthropology of Fashion and Desirability
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: What can anthropological methods tell us about fashion? How are beauty, gender, and the body constructed through clothing design and visual culture? How do ancient artifacts influence designers? What is the relationship between fashion and art? Ever since fashion became the subject of academic study in the 1980s, these questions and more have come to the forefront, and their answers continue to challenge us on a daily basis. We explore anthropology’s contribution to the study of fashion as an academic discipline, and to our understanding of it as a cultural expression. Key topics include the construction of meaning in fashion and visual culture, and the interaction of fashion with material culture through the production and consumption of “fashion objects.”
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANT 193 F
Dual Listing: ANC 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Italian Identity Across Food and Culture
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: lecture only, no hands-on cooking component
Course code: ANT 198 F
Dual Listing: IGC 198 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 119 L Food and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via dell’Ariento 10/14
Room: CUCINA Lab
Description: You may be what you eat, but why do you eat the way you do? Why do people make different food choices in their daily lives? What makes certain social classes avoid or value certain types of foods? Food is an important factor in how we define ourselves: people’s attitude toward it can reveal not just personal characteristics, but a broader food ideology. We explore the relationships between food’s multiple meanings and the physical acts of cooking and eating, and how food influences personal and group identity. The role of food in constructing ethnic identity, displaying religious beliefs and negotiating gender roles, and food’s ability to transmit and preserve cultures and values.
Co(ok)quinarius: Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: lecture with practical cooking component. Lab fee required. May not be suitable for students with allergies or intolerances (i.e., gluten, etc.)
Course code: ANT 264 F
Dual Listing: ANC 264 F IGC 264 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 264 L Co(ok)quinarius Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Artusi
Description: In the fascinating setting of Florence’s Central Market, a hands–on exploration of the ancient Mediterranean’s major culinary cultures–the forerunners of modern Italian cuisine. Making use of the tools of experimental archaeology, we prepare and taste ancient Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern dishes and explore the distinction between how food was consumed, and how it was used symbolically. Topics include the social dimensions of food, a history of specific commodities, everyday eating habits and etiquette, and culinary rituals and taboos. Students also develop the manual skills associated with food preparation.
History of Architecture
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ART 165 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 110 L History of Architecture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: The major periods and key monuments in Western architecture from antiquity to the present. Our chronological focuses include the Classical period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Modernism, and recent developments in contemporary artistic expression. We examine representative monuments and architects from every major period, including masters such as Ictinus, Brunelleschi, Borromini and Le Corbusier. How did architects’ concepts of beauty and their strategies for realizing their visions change, both within their own lives and from one period to another? Topics include architectural typologies, materials and construction technology, theory, city planning, and cultural contexts. Includes visits to pertinent examples of urban architecture from various periods.
Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 180 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 160 L History of Western Art I
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: How did the visual arts in Western Europe change between ancient Greece and the end of the Middle Ages? What parts of this artistic heritage did the Renaissance masters revive and transform, and what did they discard? We get to know the principal painters, sculptors and architects, their major works, dominant themes and motifs, and the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts so essential to understanding the visual arts and their impact. Topics include the interpretation of subject and symbols, artistic techniques and styles, and public and private patronage. Onsite teaching offers students the incomparable experience of studying masterpieces firsthand. An introduction to the field that aims to foster an appreciation of art history and lay the foundations for further study.
Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 186 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 180 L : History of Western Art II
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: A survey of the visual arts in Western Europe from the early 16th century to the present. We familiarize ourselves with the most important changes in artistic taste and style, and get to know the major painters, sculptors and architects and their principal work and themes. To better understand the visual arts and their impact on society over time, we also explore the major historical, philosophical, and cultural changes and contexts of the period. Our focus is on interpreting subjects and symbols, identifying different artistic techniques and styles, and recognizing the role of public and private patrons. Onsite teaching gives students firsthand access to major works of art and architecture, making their study all the more meaningful. An introduction to the discipline and a springboard to a greater appreciation of art and further studies in the field.
Physics in the Arts
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ART 216 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 216 L Physics in the Arts
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: Introduction to the physics of sound and light, with applications to music and visual arts: sound perception, harmony, musical scales, instruments, lenses, cameras, color perception and mixing. This course presents science through art and art through science. The wisdom and perfection that underlie the structure and the laws of the universe have inspired generations of artists especially in the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci epitomized the Renaissance man – a creative artist who painted Mona Lisa, an architect, an inventor and an investigative scientist of the natural world – who made no distinction between these roles. Science and Art are two different faces of the same coin, and many scientists and artists have the common aim of describing nature. This course is a wonderful insight into how science and art are deeply interconnected. It shows us how scientific principles are used in art and how art is hidden in science. The course uses algebra and geometry; intended primarily for non-science majors.
The World of Museums: Museology
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 230 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 290 L World of Museums
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: An integrated approach to museum theory and practice. How have “the museum” and the practices associated with such a place changed over the centuries? We examine the ways and the reasons people have gathered together beautiful, precious, and bizarre objects in a variety of places, and the challenges of assembling collections for world-famous museums such as the Uffizi and the Louvre. Why is our cultural heritage of such value to society, and what are the legal and ethical issues involved in its preservation? Topics also include methods of research and documentation, cataloging, display, basic communication techniques, the museum as an educational space, preventive and remedial conservation, environmental monitoring and control, and safety and storage. Specific focus on Italian and Florentine museums, which students visit and analyze according to the most innovative museological theory and practices.
Palaces of Florence
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 280 F
Dual Listing: HIS 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 275 L Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: The social, economic, political, and artistic life of Renaissance Florence, and its close ties to the fortune and fortunes of a group of elite families: the Medici, Rucellai, Strozzi, and Pitti. To get an idea of what life was like, at least for some, in the Renaissance city, we examine their art and artistic objects such as wedding chests and other furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and coats of arms. What can art and material culture tell us about everyday life, and at the same time, what are its limits? Through the lens of these families and the history of their public and private lives, we shed light on a series of characteristics that not only distinguished the Florence of the past, but in some ways still does, as some of these families still play an active role in the city’s life.
Women Artists: From the Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 281 F
Dual Listing: GND 281 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 382 L ST: Women Artists
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Despite women’s active role in the art world for centuries, we tend to identify them more as patrons, muses and models than as artists. Bucking this trend, we explore the extraordinary contribution of female artists to Western art history, and how they have shaped the evolution of artistic language from the Renaissance to today. A critical analysis and contextualization of artists such as Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rosalba Carriera, Berthe Morisot, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, and Marina Abramovic, whose works will be analyzed in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as in a larger art-historical perspective, allows students to appreciate how female artists have gained increasing prominence in the art world in recent centuries, and grapple with the question of whether art by women possesses exclusive qualities absent from work by their male counterparts.
Contemporary Architecture
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 165 History of Architecture, or equivalent
Course code: ART 286 F
Dual Listing: ARC 286 F
Marist Code/Title: ARCH 120 L Contemporary Architecture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Calvino
Description: Major developments in architecture, interior design, and city planning from 1960 to the present, with a particular focus on the last two decades. How has contemporary architecture reflected changes in broader society and culture? We discuss the most important debates concerning aesthetics and theory, including the controversies surround the supposed “decline” of modernism. Students also familiarize themselves with key architects and studios, and how they have distinguished themselves and innovated with respect to their predecessors. While our perspective is global, our emphasis remains European, and on Italy in particular.
Museum/Gallery Internship
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Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Art History / Museum Studies majors of sophomore standing; 2) concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field; 3) Italian fluency is recommended, but not required
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited, especially for students who lack Italian language skills. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent (due by application deadline), onsite interview and Italian language placement test. Final placement may be determined upon Italian language ability. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: ART 360 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 266 L Museum Experience
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A hands-on, professional experience in cultural mediation and museum education. Interns observe how collections are managed at their host institution, conduct individual research, participate in giving guided tours and in organizing events and activities. Monitoring is carried out by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades reflect weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Museum and gallery internships require some Saturday hours. Held in either Florence or Rome. Note: Places are limited, especially for students without Italian language skills. Application requirements: CV, two letters of reference, a formal letter of intent. Supporting documentation must be submitted by application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during the first week of the term and an Italian language placement test.
Contemporary Art
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 375 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 350 L Contemporary Art
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: Pollock, Rothko, Dubuffet, Rauschenberg, Giacometti, Bacon, Warhol, Morris, Kosuth, Abramovic, Richter, Basquiat, Hirst, Banksy: a wide-ranging exploration of the most significant figures and stylistic trends in late 20th-century art. We investigate the interdisciplinary nature of the contemporary art world, firmly placing artistic production in its social, political and philosophical context, and examine how contemporary artistic languages and the art business interrelate. Topics include Abstract Expressionism, Informal art, Neo-Dada, Minimalism, Site-Specific Art, Conceptualism, Neo-Expressionism, and Graffiti and Street Art. Develops students’ aptitude for independent, critical thinking and research.
Principles of Microeconomics
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Mathematical aptitude is required
Course code: BUS 178 F
Marist Code/Title: ECON 103 L Principles of Microeconomics
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: How do individuals and businesses “behave” economically? How do the markets work? Economic analysis is an essential tool for understanding social phenomena, and we look at the basics of economic ways of thinking, with the help of economic theory and specific analytical methods and assumptions. We explore microeconomic languages, methods and modeling; the production process and market strategies for individual businesses; consumer theory and how economists model individual behavior; and how the competitive and non-competitive markets works. Case studies and the analysis of specific economic policies relevant to our more general topics provide useful context and show how theory works on the ground. Useful for students in the applied social sciences, and an essential foundation for further studies in Economics and Business.
Foundations of Management
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: BUS 195 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 195 N Foundations of Management
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: Managers are the decision-makers. But based on what do they make those decisions? Designed to provide core concepts and terminology for those with no prior background in business management and an interest in further studies in the field. We explore what managers do, and how planning, organizing, directing and controlling can, if done properly, work synergistically toward the same goals. Key concepts are approached first in theoretical terms; then we look at how theory applies to the practical problems managers face on a day-to-day basis.
Principles of Marketing
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: BUS 210 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 210 N Principles of Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: What makes marketing such a dynamic and exciting field? What can good marketing give to a company, and how can it help overcome the challenges businesses face on an everyday basis? We explore marketing’s essential principles and concepts, as well as the true nature and scope of marketing management. Topics include marketing strategy, the 4 P’s, market planning, retailing and wholesaling, target marketing, market segmentation, and services marketing. We also discuss marketing’s strategic importance to any organization, whether it be a for-profit commercial enterprise or a non-profit or charitable entity.
China's Development and the Global Shift
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: None; Recommended: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science and BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 240 F
Dual Listing: POL 240 F
Marist Code/Title: ECON 306 L China's Development & the Global Shift
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: Why is China so central to the current world economy? Is its growth rate sustainable? Can the Chinese model be exported, and if so, what are its short and long-term costs? Understanding the history of Chinese economic reform, its political, environmental, and social context, and its implications is crucial to understanding the contemporary world. We explore the mechanisms and consequences of modern Chinese economic development and China’s role in the global economy. Our focus will be on the period following 1978, when China began its dramatic transformation from a planned to a market economy. Major topics and themes include the historical and institutional background of modern China, the country’s geopolitical “rise,” and key foreign relations issues.
Wine Business & Marketing
WED 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 F
Dual Listing: IGC 252 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Sustainability: Science, Political Economy and Business
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 259 F
Dual Listing: POL 259 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 259 N Sustain: Sci, Political Econ & Bus
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: The word “sustainability” seems to be everywhere these days. But how has this concept evolved over time? What are the fundamental ideas and theories that support it, and what are its scientific, technological, and economic dimensions? In examining these questions, we look closely at the roles of various stakeholders, such as governments, NGOs and businesses, in promoting a more sustainable society. There are also those who have opposed or impeded sustainable practices, and we explore how they have done so and their reasons, both stated and otherwise. Students develop their own sustainability-based project concerning a specific field of their choice.
Beyond Modern Capitalism: Rethinking the Global Socio-Economic Order
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent. Recommended: BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 286 F
Dual Listing: POL 286 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 286 N Beyond Modern Capitalism
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: How has the current socio-economic order come to be? What are its origins, its most important developments, and what, if any, are the alternatives? With a critical, multidisciplinary approach, we examine the role of political, economic and social elements and forces in the evolution of the current capitalist system, fleshing out both its positive and negative aspects. We look at whether capitalism has a “sustainable” future, and investigate the feasibility of alternate models: would they be more capable of satisfying socio-economic needs in fair and equitable ways?
Global Business and Society
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 178 Principles of Microeconomics, or BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 310 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 202 N Global Business & Society
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: What challenges do modern corporations face in organizing international business operations? Our goal is to achieve a global perspective on long-term trends in world economic change, and understand how countries interact with one another. We explore the dynamics of international trade and investment, the relationship between trade and economic growth, and the risks of trade imbalances and protectionism. The role of economic and political institutions (WTO, IMF, etc.) and the characteristics of the most important emerging economies, India and China. Other topics include alternative perspectives on the origins and processes of globalization, competition, development, exchange rate theory, the international monetary system, ethics, decision-making, and strategic operations in an international environment.
International Marketing
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 312 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 220 N Introduction to International Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: In a globalized world of cutthroat competition, effective international marketing is critical to a company’s success. The benefits of operating in an international market include access to new sourcing materials, capital, labor, and expertise, the relocation of manufacturing, and the distribution of products and services to new markets. Yet the risks, particularly in the short term, are significant, and benefits may not be immediate. We apply the principles of marketing to the complexities of foreign markets, emphasizing the various economic, social, and cultural factors that determine successful international marketing strategies, and how the 4 P's (product, price, places of distribution, and promotion) can change in a global business environment.
Integrated Marketing Communication
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents. Recommended: COM 204 Advertising Principles, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 313 F
Dual Listing: COM 313 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 352 L Integrated Marketing Communications
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: New technologies have expanded the possibilities of human communication and interaction on a global scale. How can marketers take advantage of these new channels to capture customers’ attention more effectively? The importance of this question explains why marketing communication is one of the most exciting, fastest-growing fields in modern marketing. We explore the most relevant theoretical concepts and the practical techniques most applicable to today’s major marketing communication functions: ads, direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, and the Internet. Student projects will assess a selected company’s marketing approach and develop an effective strategy proposal.
Luxury Brand Management
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing or FAS 215 Fashion Marketing or equivalents, or Business, Management, Marketing or Merchandising majors of junior standing
Course code: BUS 352 F
Dual Listing: FAS 352 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 455 N Global Merchandising
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Luxury brand management is both a concept and a global reality, representing a multi-billion-dollar market of goods and services. How has it developed over time? What are its political, economic and social aspects, and how does it relate to design, pop culture and the arts? Through a range of case studies and products in the fashion sector and beyond, we explore the challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a luxury brand, as well as its economic management and distribution. We also trace the evolution of luxury brand identities in terms of key concepts such as desire, status, exclusivity, supply and demand, consumption, and value, to understand how luxury brands resist global economic recession.
Presentation and Public Speaking
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: COM 105 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 101 L Public Presentation
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: Speaking and presenting comfortably and effectively in public is a life skill. In both personal and professional situations, these abilities can make the difference between success and failure. In individual, group and class exercises, we explore and consolidate the skills and methods for overcoming performance anxiety, controlling voice and body language, and saying what you want to say in the way you want to say it. What makes for a good delivery? How do you get the most out of your research, outline and multimedia materials? We also analyze a variety of speeches, in written and oral form, to see how skilled communicators craft effective communications.
Introduction to Communications
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: COM 130 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 102 L Introduction to Communication
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: The essential concepts and fundamental theories that describe the processes, functions, types, and effects of communication. We get to know the basics communicative categories (interpersonal, group, organizational, mediated, cultural) and explore how specific contexts affect its forms. What ethical issues are at stake in the world of communications, and what global opportunities and challenges does it offer? How are new technologies affecting the way we think about communications, and the types of professional opportunities available? Develops critical thinking and writing skills, as well as confidence and effectiveness in group work and presentations.
The Body Speaks: The Importance of Non-Verbal Communication
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: COM 212 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 110 L Body Language and Communication
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Body language matters. Understanding and managing it is key to good interpersonal relations and effective communication, in the working world as well as in our personal lives. We develop an awareness and know-how of both verbal and non-verbal communication, and how they work together. In both individual and group contexts, students learn the importance of motivation, the coherence between body and spoken language, and effective use of tone of voice and eye contact. Students “learn by doing,” engaging in practical, proactive scripted and improvisational exercises (theatrical techniques, team building, self-presentation, and movement drills) to assess their own strengths and weaknesses, and then implement a personal program to chart and consolidate their progress.
Communications Research Methods
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communication, or equivalent
Course code: COM 225 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 200 L Communication Res Methods
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Knowing how to conduct research is just as important as knowing what to research. We explore a range of methods for carrying out communications research in both academic and professional settings. Finding information, evaluating it, and drawing conclusions that have value for communications issues in the real world. Students learn the fundamentals of research design and strategy, source identification and data gathering, and types of qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Media Ethics
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: COM 245 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 330 L Communication Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: In today’s media, is there anything that cannot be said or done? Are there rules for ethical behavior that govern journalists, and if so, who makes them? What are the ethical implications of information? In a complex communications landscape, our image of society is shaped by crucial issues and problems that are presented and often forgotten at breakneck speed; journalists, editors, and professionals in advertising and public relations must weigh the pros and cons of covering stories that put people in danger or arouse conflicts of interest and loyalties. We explore how communications professionals decide what to say and what to censure, the consequences of war and peacetime on information, the complicated management of public relations, and the ethical challenges of digital convergence and the new frontiers of mass communications.
Food Marketing & Communication
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent; sophomore standing. A prior course in Communications is recommended.
Notes: Lecture course only
Course code: COM 253 F
Dual Listing: IGC 253 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: An introduction to the fundamental operational and strategic dynamics that shape marketing and communications in the agri-food industry. We compare and contrast different gastronomic cultures and traditions, comparing and contrasting the food marketing strategies related to them. Students examine and analyze case studies and success stories, ranging from small-scale producers to multinational companies, investigating the importance of geographical and social context in communicating food from a variety of perspectives. They then implement the tools and methodologies we’ve covered, keeping in mind both client and consumer, to design and develop an integrated marketing and communication plan for an agri-food business.
Public Relations
WED 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communications, or equivalents
Course code: COM 300 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 370 L Public Relations
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: What are we referring to when we speak of “public relations”? What does someone in PR do, and how have jobs in this sector changed over the decades? We explore PR theory, as well as the tools and strategies for a successful public relations campaign (planning, issue analysis, research methods and goals). Through case studies and exercises, we familiarize ourselves with the fields in which PR professionals operate: media relations, event management, crisis management, corporate identity, internal/external communications, community relations, international PR and marketing support, and effectiveness evaluation. The future of the field, and how new technologies may contribute to more effective, original PR solutions
War and the Media
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: COM 180 Mass Communication, or HIS 130 Western Civilization, or POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalents
Course code: COM 301 F
Dual Listing: POL 301 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 311 L War and Media
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Does the media influence military decision-making? How do government officials use information channels to influence public opinion and justify their actions? Can the news be “managed”? We explore the media’s role in military conflict and media-related strategies in the context of key later-20th-century international conflicts. The proliferation of satellite technologies, international TV networks such as CNN and Al Jazeera, and Internet; still vs. moving images; journalists and journalistic conventions; press conferences, briefings, and official statements; war in movies and art; the media gap between "North" and "South" and the emergence of "non-Western" media; and the spread of ethnic conflicts and terrorism and the increasingly asymmetric nature of war.
Communication and Leadership
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communications or equivalent
Course code: COM 304 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 305 N: Communications & Leadership
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Particularly in times of crisis, we crave effective leadership. How does a person’s ability to communicate effectively contribute to how they are viewed by others, and to their acceptance as a leader of communities, businesses, and institutions? We explore the tasks, strategies, and skills of an effective leader, moving from theories and concepts to the practical actions that, when combined with good communication skills and charisma, transform someone into a figure that others trust and follow. Key topics include motivation, credibility, influence, power, communicative style, negotiation, ethics, diversity, and current models of leadership.
Intercultural Communication
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
Course code: COM 306 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 325 L Intercultural Communication
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: Even a common language is no guarantee of effective communication. What are the major obstacles to conveying effective messages across cultural lines, and what strategies and methods can overcome these obstacles? We explore the fundamental patterns in cross-cultural psychology and communication, analyzing how people manage to (or not to) understand each other in individual, group, and intercultural scenarios. Topics include the influence of culture on personal identity, common communication difficulties, communicative roles, differing conceptions of personal space (proxemics), rituals, message patterns, clothing, myths, ideologies, and the mass media’s influence on cross-cultural representations of reality.
Integrated Marketing Communication
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents. Recommended: COM 204 Advertising Principles, or equivalent
Course code: COM 313 F
Dual Listing: BUS 313 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 352 L Integrated Marketing Communications
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: New technologies have expanded the possibilities of human communication and interaction on a global scale. How can marketers take advantage of these new channels to capture customers’ attention more effectively? The importance of this question explains why marketing communication is one of the most exciting, fastest-growing fields in modern marketing. We explore the most relevant theoretical concepts and the practical techniques most applicable to today’s major marketing communication functions: ads, direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, and the Internet. Student projects will assess a selected company’s marketing approach and develop an effective strategy proposal.
Communications Internship
-
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) English/Writing/Journalism majors of junior standing; 2) Concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field; 3) Excellent written English. Recommended: Strong communication skills, and fluency in Italian
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent, writing sample (due by application deadline) and onsite interview. Public transport costs may apply. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: COM 362 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 363 N International Communication Internship "Grade Pass/Fail"
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A hands-on, professional experience at a communications agency. Interns perform tasks that may include writing new articles and updating and/or adapting preexisting articles in various media formats, database entry, contributing to blogs, social media, and websites, and developing new projects. Monitoring is carried out by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades reflect the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at the internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission requirements: student's CV, two reference letters, a formal letter of intent, a writing sample. Supporting documentation must be submitted by the application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during the first week of the term.
Communications Internship in Italian
-
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Advanced Italian I (ITL 301 level) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class (ITL/ITC). Recommended: Strong writing and communication skills.
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent in Italian, writing sample in English (due by application deadline) Italian language placement test and on-site interview. Check exact requirements in catalog. Students taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: COM 380 F
Dual Listing: ITC 380 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A practical, professional experience at a local Florentine communications agency or similar business. Activities include writing articles, updating and/or adapting preexisting articles in various formats, clerical tasks, managing blogs, social media and websites, and developing new projects. Interns are monitored by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades reflect the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at the internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Note: 135 internship hours minimum. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission requirements: student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent in Italian, English writing sample (due by application deadline), Italian language placement test and onsite interview. Students interns must maintain full-time status with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Consumer Insights and Strategic Development
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) COM 313 Integrated Marketing Communication or COM 204 Advertising Principles; 2) COM 300 Public Relations, or equivalents
Course code: COM 421 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 428 L Consu Ins/Devl
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Get into the mind of the consumer. What makes people choose between different alternatives (brands, products, retailers)? How are they influenced by their cultural and socio-economic background, family, peers, or the media? We explore the behavior that consumers, groups or organizations display in searching for, purchasing, using, evaluating and disposing of products and services they expect to satisfy their needs, and how to use this information to best develop marketing strategies. A theoretical and practical approach within a global framework, aiming to understand what drives consumer behavior and how individuals and businesses can use this knowledge most effectively.
Introduction to Environmental Issues
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ENV 180 F
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 101 L Introduction to Environmental Issues
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: Perhaps never before has the environment been such a central theme in our lives. Yet it is also a potentially limitless field in which it is easy to get lost or sidetracked. We explore the major concepts and questions to provide a foundation for understanding the critical environmental issues of today and tomorrow: climate change, population growth, natural resource management, pollution, global changes in biodiversity and wildlife, habitat loss, land and coastal erosion, food production, water resources, and changing consumption and living habits. A reflection on global environmental issues within an earth systems framework that places the various pieces of the puzzle in dialogue with one another.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Lecture course only
Course code: ENV 280 F
Dual Listing: IGC 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 250 L: Eco-Gastronomy: Sustainable Food
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Buontalenti
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
Women and Equality: Policy Matters
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or SOC 160 Introduction to Sociology, or equivalents
Course code: GND 266 F
Dual Listing: POL 266 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 266 N Women & Equality: Policy Matters
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Welcome to the 21 st century, when many organizations and societies still organize their division of labor and career opportunities according to norms, whether written or unwritten, that discriminate against women. We take a global, comparative, and interdisciplinary approach to exploring this persistent problem, one that affects even the most strategic policy sectors. Which specific inequalities do women face? What are the challenges and obstacles within organizations and societies to achieving gender equality? At course’s end, students develop a working proposal in the field of Public Policy (or Business) that addresses a specific gender inequality issue in context.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: GND 280 F
Dual Listing: PSY 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, love relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Women Artists: From the Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: GND 281 F
Dual Listing: ART 281 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Despite women’s active role in the art world for centuries, we tend to identify them more as patrons, muses and models than as artists. Bucking this trend, we explore the extraordinary contribution of female artists to Western art history, and how they have shaped the evolution of artistic language from the Renaissance to today. A critical analysis and contextualization of artists such as Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rosalba Carriera, Berthe Morisot, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, and Marina Abramovic, whose works will be analyzed in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as in a larger art-historical perspective, allows students to appreciate how female artists have gained increasing prominence in the art world in recent centuries, and grapple with the question of whether art by women possesses exclusive qualities absent from work by their male counterparts.
Women of the Medici Family
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent, or sophomore standing
Course code: GND 290 F
Dual Listing: HIS 295 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 255 L The Women of the Medici
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: For four centuries and thirteen generations (1368-1743), the Medici were the most important family in Tuscany. Even today they remain a source of incredible prestige, their history deeply intertwined with the city of Florence and its territory. They emerged as merchants, became the most powerful bankers of the time, and transformed themselves into the lords of Florence and one of the most important families in Europe. What role did the Medici women play in this spectacular trajectory? As wives? As mothers? As daughters? Through the lens of some of the family’s most famous females, we explore what it was like to live as a woman at the height of Renaissance Florence, how they participated in the major social, political and cultural phenomena of the age, and their influence on the fate of not only their family, but European history in general.
History of Prostitution
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Course code: GND 302 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 260 L History of Prostitution
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza San Lorenzo, 7
Room: Mollino
Description: Prostitution is, and always has been, a complex phenomenon. It lies at the intersection of gender roles, sexual practices, religious and moral views, social power, and legal boundaries. What role did prostitution play in changing ideas about women, sexuality and the body in the formative centuries of the Western tradition? Our focus is on the period from classical antiquity to the Protestant Reformation: with an interdisciplinary approach, we draw on sources from history, religion, mythology, philosophy, the visual arts, literature, and legal documents to explore what prostitution meant, why it has always both existed and been fiercely condemned, and why it continues to divide public opinion up to the present day.
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 200 F
Dual Listing: ANC 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: HIS 250 F
Marist Code/Title: CSIT 110 L The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: A firsthand, immersive experience in Florence’s historical center and the four quartieri, or neighborhoods, into which the city has been divided since 1252. Named after their principal church, they have each presented their own unique social, political, and urban characteristics over the centuries, and these themes and questions form the backbone of the course. Which prestigious families, major buildings, artistic masterpieces, economic activities, and historical events have marked the development of each neighborhood? To what extent do these distinctions still prevail today? Other topics include the construction of identity (individual, family, neighborhood, civic); the nature of social capital, networks, and agency; the creation and preservation of local culture; and the complex balance between heritage and transformation. Includes frequent site visits.
History of Science: Antiquity to 1700
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: HIS 271 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: This course examines key episodes and themes in the history of science up to the 17th century. Students will learn to situate scientific ideas within their social, cultural, and broader intellectual contexts. We will survey a range of scientific developments, treating science both as a body of knowledge and as a set of practices, and moving across centuries, continents, and disciplines to see how what we know about the natural world is tied to the who, when, where, and how’s of knowledge production and circulation. To understand how modern scientific practices emerged, we will examine the changing nature of scientific inquiry and methodology, the importance of social supports and institutions for scientists, and the growing cultural importance of science in society. The main topics of this course are: 1. the emphases that civilizations have placed on either theoretical science or practical technology; 2. the effect of culture on the questions that science asks; 3. the relationship between science and religion.
Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: HIS 280 F
Dual Listing: ART 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 275 L Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: The social, economic, political, and artistic life of Renaissance Florence, and its close ties to the fortune and fortunes of a group of elite families: the Medici, Rucellai, Strozzi, and Pitti. To get an idea of what life was like, at least for some, in the Renaissance city, we examine their art and artistic objects such as wedding chests and other furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and coats of arms. What can art and material culture tell us about everyday life, and at the same time, what are its limits? Through the lens of these families and the history of their public and private lives, we shed light on a series of characteristics that not only distinguished the Florence of the past, but in some ways still does, as some of these families still play an active role in the city’s life.
Women of the Medici Family
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent, or sophomore standing
Course code: HIS 295 F
Dual Listing: GND 290 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 255 L The Women of the Medici
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: For four centuries and thirteen generations (1368-1743), the Medici were the most important family in Tuscany. Even today they remain a source of incredible prestige, their history deeply intertwined with the city of Florence and its territory. They emerged as merchants, became the most powerful bankers of the time, and transformed themselves into the lords of Florence and one of the most important families in Europe. What role did the Medici women play in this spectacular trajectory? As wives? As mothers? As daughters? Through the lens of some of the family’s most famous females, we explore what it was like to live as a woman at the height of Renaissance Florence, how they participated in the major social, political and cultural phenomena of the age, and their influence on the fate of not only their family, but European history in general.
Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent
Course code: HIS 300 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 253 L : Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: “Man is the measure of all things.” In this credo lay the core of the humanist thinking of the Renaissance, an age that exalted human capabilities and produced stunning achievements. We explore the artistic, literary, and political accomplishments of one of the most remarkable and vibrant periods in Italian history. What was the role of the Classical past for Renaissance thinkers and creators? How did the various Italian courts promote this unique culture and worldview? We focus on prominent figures who marked this era in a variety of fields: the prominent Medici, Sforza, and Della Rovere families, artists and architects like Brunelleschi, Alberti, Leonardo and Michelangelo, writers, poets, and philosophers such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico della Mirandola, and Machiavelli, and merchants, bankers, and courtiers.
Dante’s Quest for Love—from the Divine Comedy to Contemporary Culture and Media
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation
Course code: LIT 288 F
Dual Listing: FMA 288 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 281 L Dante's Quest for Love
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Fond. Zeffirelli, Piazza S.Firenze 5
Room: Aula 4
Description: “Therefore I pray you, gentle father dear, to teach me what love is.” Dante’s plea to Vergil in the Divine Comedy engaged some of the brightest minds in late medieval Europe: natural philosophers, theologians, poets. And the Florentine poet’s spiritual and sentimental journey has never ceased to inspire his fellow artists. We begin by examining the Comedy’s classical sources (particularly Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Art of Love, and Remedies of Love) and Andreas Capellanus’s bestselling twelfth-century ‘love manual.’ Then we dive into Dante’s magnum opus itself, familiarizing ourselves with the most significant characters and passages throughout the text. Finally, we explore how this medieval masterpiece has inspired a whole series of works in the figurative arts, music, TV, and film.
Topics of Italian Literature: Dante Alighieri
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: LIT 150 Survey of Western Literature, or equivalent
Course code: LIT 317 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: In commemoration of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death in 2021, this course will have a particular focus on the very best of the Florentine poet, writer and philosopher’s most famous literary works. Inspired by Virgil and Aristotle and inspiring other such poets as Geoffrey Chaucer and Alfred Tennyson, Dante has had a profound influence on numerous poets, playwrights, and authors right into the 21st century. Undoubtedly, we will cover Dante’s best known epic masterpiece La Commedia (Divine Comedy), which comprises sections representing the three tiers of the Christian afterlife: purgatory, heaven and hell, whilst also delving into some of Dante’s earlier works such as La Vita Nuova (The New Life) and Convivio (The Banquet). The course will highlight the importance of Dante regarding the renovation of literature and language broadening the syntactic and lexical horizons as well as the traditionally literary codes.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: LIT 350 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 333 L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
The Well Examined Life: Key Western Philosophers
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PHI 185 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 101 L Philosoophical Perspectives
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: An introduction to the methods, content, and questions of philosophy, through the evolution of the main schools of Western thought. We focus on the fundamental thinkers and concerns from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of the Scientific Revolution: How did the key ideas of ancient Greek and Roman and early Christian philosophers influence their medieval and early modern successors? What was Catholicism’s impact on philosophy and vice versa, especially in the Italian tradition? In exploring these questions, we look at the life and most important works of, among others, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Petrarch, Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Machiavelli, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo Galilei.
Logical, Critical, and Creative: The Power of Reason
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PHI 225 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 203 L Intro to Logic
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: Logic is essential in academics, and vital in daily life. How do you devise arguments to convince others? What skills can help you assess those made by others, including the increasingly intrusive advertising characteristic of the digital age? We analyze sources in a wide variety of media while exploring the tools for logical thinking and sound reasoning, learning to construct well-reasoned arguments on a variety of topics, such as immigration, art, animal rights and robotics. Covers both traditional logic and modern logical concepts and techniques: structuring arguments, how to distinguish between arguments/non-arguments and deductive/inductive arguments, and how to evaluate them in terms of validity, strength, soundness, and cogency. Other topics include formal logic, categorical propositions, syllogisms, propositional and predicate logic, and how to use truth tables.
Contemporary Issues in Bioethics
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PHI 288 F
Marist Code/Title: PHRS 288 L Contemporary Issues in Bioethics
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: Medical care and biotechnology are genuine ethical battlegrounds. What makes these areas so problematic from an ethical standpoint, and who are the major voices in these debates? After a brief introduction to the history of bioethics, we explore a wide range of healthcare-related issues, including patient autonomy, informed consent, surrogate decision-making, truth telling, confidentiality, and problems in allocating health care resources. Our focus then shifts to beneficial and non-beneficial clinical research with human subjects, stem-cell research, and controversial end-of-life and birth-related issues. Finally, what are the ethical stakes in emerging genetic technologies such as personalized medicine and human enhancement?
China's Development and the Global Shift
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: None; Recommended: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science and BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalents
Course code: POL 240 F
Dual Listing: BUS 240 F
Marist Code/Title: ECON 306 L China's Development & the Global Shift
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: Why is China so central to the current world economy? Is its growth rate sustainable? Can the Chinese model be exported, and if so, what are its short and long-term costs? Understanding the history of Chinese economic reform, its political, environmental, and social context, and its implications is crucial to understanding the contemporary world. We explore the mechanisms and consequences of modern Chinese economic development and China’s role in the global economy. Our focus will be on the period following 1978, when China began its dramatic transformation from a planned to a market economy. Major topics and themes include the historical and institutional background of modern China, the country’s geopolitical “rise,” and key foreign relations issues.
Sustainability: Science, Political Economy and Business
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalents
Course code: POL 259 F
Dual Listing: BUS 259 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 259 N Sustain: Sci, Political Econ & Bus
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: The word “sustainability” seems to be everywhere these days. But how has this concept evolved over time? What are the fundamental ideas and theories that support it, and what are its scientific, technological, and economic dimensions? In examining these questions, we look closely at the roles of various stakeholders, such as governments, NGOs and businesses, in promoting a more sustainable society. There are also those who have opposed or impeded sustainable practices, and we explore how they have done so and their reasons, both stated and otherwise. Students develop their own sustainability-based project concerning a specific field of their choice.
Women and Equality: Policy Matters
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or SOC 160 Introduction to Sociology, or equivalents
Course code: POL 266 F
Dual Listing: GND 266 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 266 N Women & Equality: Policy Matters
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Welcome to the 21 st century, when many organizations and societies still organize their division of labor and career opportunities according to norms, whether written or unwritten, that discriminate against women. We take a global, comparative, and interdisciplinary approach to exploring this persistent problem, one that affects even the most strategic policy sectors. Which specific inequalities do women face? What are the challenges and obstacles within organizations and societies to achieving gender equality? At course’s end, students develop a working proposal in the field of Public Policy (or Business) that addresses a specific gender inequality issue in context.
Participation, Empowerment, and Social Change
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: POL 283 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Empowerment is intimately connected to citizens’ participation in the shaping of public policies. Individuals and groups that are aware of their own power and capabilities are more effective in making their voices heard about issues that affect and matter to them, whether it’s real estate speculation, public safety, or fair pay. We explore the main theories and models, as well as practical examples, of direct democracy and individual and group empowerment. How is empowerment related to conflict resolution? Which tools and techniques are most useful in mobilizing people to take an active role in civic life, thus making sure that democracy isn’t participatory in name only? An important focus will be recent developments in web-based participation (use of social media, flash mobs, etc.). Includes hands-on experience with empowerment techniques and relevant role-playing exercises.
Beyond Modern Capitalism: Rethinking the Global Socio-Economic Order
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent. Recommended: BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalent
Course code: POL 286 F
Dual Listing: BUS 286 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 286 N Beyond Modern Capitalism
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: How has the current socio-economic order come to be? What are its origins, its most important developments, and what, if any, are the alternatives? With a critical, multidisciplinary approach, we examine the role of political, economic and social elements and forces in the evolution of the current capitalist system, fleshing out both its positive and negative aspects. We look at whether capitalism has a “sustainable” future, and investigate the feasibility of alternate models: would they be more capable of satisfying socio-economic needs in fair and equitable ways?
International Politics
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: POL 288 F
Marist Code/Title: POSC 113 L International Relation
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: The fundamental concepts of international politics, and the most important events in the world of international relations from the Peace of Westphalia (1648) to the present. Why should we care about what goes on at the United Nations? Why is it important that even small nations have a forum in which to make their voices heard? We outline the main differences between the traditional nation-state system and the present global order, highlighting the growing importance of international organizations and their role in promoting peace, democracy, and human rights. What is the role of international law and diplomacy? How has globalization affected processes of regional integration and international economic organizations? How are international relationships affected by questions such as war, terrorism, and migration?
War and the Media
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 180 Mass Communication, or HIS 130 Western Civilization, or POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalents
Course code: POL 301 F
Dual Listing: COM 301 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 311 L War and Media
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Does the media influence military decision-making? How do government officials use information channels to influence public opinion and justify their actions? Can the news be “managed”? We explore the media’s role in military conflict and media-related strategies in the context of key later-20th-century international conflicts. The proliferation of satellite technologies, international TV networks such as CNN and Al Jazeera, and Internet; still vs. moving images; journalists and journalistic conventions; press conferences, briefings, and official statements; war in movies and art; the media gap between "North" and "South" and the emergence of "non-Western" media; and the spread of ethnic conflicts and terrorism and the increasingly asymmetric nature of war.
International Law
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent; or majors in Legal Studies
Course code: POL 315 F
Marist Code/Title: POLI 310 L : International Law
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: Healthy international relations hinge on the reciprocal respect of rules, the sum of which constitute what is known as international law. Yet nations are also independent entities, exceedingly prone to acting in their own self-interest. How can international law function effectively when states so often choose to ignore or flagrantly violate its dictates? We explore this group of mutually-agreed-upon rules, the matters they regulate, and their influence on how states conduct both domestic and foreign policy. Topics include the jurisdiction of international law, international organizations (with a focus on the UN), treaties, liability, and crime (such as international terrorism).
Introduction to Psychology
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PSY 150 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Explores the major areas of psychology and the scientific and non-scientific approaches to investigating psychological phenomena. We take a critical look at the most up-to-date research and theoretical debate, discussing topics such as anthropological assumptions and implications, deontology, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, consciousness, language, learning, personality, development, and psychopathology. For each, we examine the principal theories from diverse perspectives (e.g., biological, behavioral, cognitive, and psychodynamic). We also familiarize ourselves with different types of scientific research (e.g., experiments, correlational research, review, meta-analysis) and the typical structure of a research paper (introduction, method, results, discussion, limitations, and implications).
Social Psychology
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 200 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 220 L : Social Psychology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: How do we think about, influence, and relate to other people? What is the role of others in forming our perception of ourselves, our attitudes, and the degree to which we obey rules and generally conform? We explore human social behavior through the field’s major theories, findings, approaches, and methods, emphasizing an interpersonal perspective. Specific topics include attribution theory, causes of prejudice and aggression and methods for reducing them, altruism, development of gender roles, stereotypes, and nonverbal behavior. We also make use of our Italian setting to compare and contrast the influence of different cultures on individual and group behavior.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PSY 280 F
Dual Listing: GND 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Psychology of Crime
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 305 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 348/ CRJU 348 L Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Why do criminals behave the way they do? How does this behavior impact them as individuals and the society in which they live? We approach these questions and more from developmental, cognitive-behavioral, and other psychological perspectives, with the basic premise that multiple variables, both intrinsic and extrinsic, affect people’s behavior. Topics include criminological theory, biological and psychological models of criminal behavior, crime and mental disorders, human aggression and violence, sexual assault, and criminal homicide. We also examine etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment in relation to different typologies of criminal behavior, through the most up-to-date research in the field.
Psychology of Art and Human Creativity
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 320 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 221 L Psychology of Art & Human Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: Creativity is universal to our species, and art is one of its most fascinating forms of expression. But while forms of art have existed in all human cultures, what do we really know about creative expression from a psychological perspective? Why drives people to make art? At the intersection of the arts, neuroscience, cognitive studies, psychoanalysis, and cultural and developmental psychology, we look at the psychological processes that underlie human creativity and its expression in various art forms (painting, sculpture, architecture, performance art, dance, music, film, photography) in the context of our cultural and cognitive evolution. Includes experiential workshops, hands-on class activities, a meeting with a local artist, inspiring site visits, and a creative personal project that will be part of a collective exhibition.
World Religions
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: REL 210 F
Marist Code/Title: REST 209 L World Religions
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: A historical and cultural survey of the basic teachings and doctrines of the world’s major religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. For each religion we examine a variety of themes: the nature of our world and the universe; the relationship between the individual and the divine; man’s fate after death; the meaning and goals of worldly life; the importance of worship and rituals; and ethics and human action. Readings include excerpts from the most important texts of each tradition, including the Old and New Testament, the Qur’an, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, Chuang-Tzu, Buddhist Sutras, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the Confucian Canon. Students will also be introduced to the fundamental principles of meditation and its goals.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 F
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religions of India
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: SOC 260 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 370/CRJU 350 L Organized Crime
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Many Italian words have been adopted in other languages, but perhaps none is as widespread as “mafia,” applied to a variety of criminal organizations in every corner of the world. We explore organized crime in Italy from a historical, social, and cultural perspective, tracing its evolution from the 19th century to the present. Our main focus will be the Sicilian Mafia, a pioneer in many ways and model for similar organizations, both in other Italian regions and for the American “Mob,” a direct outgrowth of Sicilian criminal culture and immigration. We analyze how the mafia uses language, with its message systems and “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, social relationships, and the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
Italian Society Today
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: SOC 286 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 101 L Intro to Sociology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: How Italian society has changed from the end of World War II to the present, with a focus on the last thirty years. We explore the opportunities and challenges that have characterized Italian life during the economic and cultural revival that followed post-war reconstruction. Topics include everyday life, demographics and lifespan, health, gender issues, family, education, religion, politics, legality, business and labor, culture, consumption and leisure, identities and self-perception, urban and rural life, Italian regions and the “southern question,” emigration and immigration, and cultural and religious diversity and integration (European, Mediterranean, global). Crucial knowledge for understanding the present and future of this complex, fascinating country.
Creative Writing
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 220 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 280 L : Creative Writing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Explores both the theoretical and practical aspects of creative writing through the basic principles and techniques for producing quality written work. We introduce and explore a variety of writing aids and inspirational exercises to stimulate students’ creativity and pave the way for producing various types of texts. Written work is read out loud and critiqued as a class, enabling students to develop a greater critical awareness of their own writing as well as learn from their peers’ experiences and solutions. Geared toward seriously motivated, self-disciplined students looking to develop their ability to write creatively and effectively. Includes mid-term and final writing projects that reflect the themes and processes discussed during the semester.
Wine Business & Marketing
THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 T
Dual Listing: IGC 252 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Social Media Marketing
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 316 T
Dual Listing: COM 316 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: How can social media be used to sell products? What are winning social media-based marketing strategies, and how do you determine whether or not your approach has been effective? We explore the fundamental marketing concepts relevant to the digital world, and develop the skills needed to create and implement successful new media marketing campaigns, online strategies, and other types of digital-era business operations. The most popular, “best-selling” platforms, the differences between specific media tools and the operations they can be used for, and how they can increase business and engage with online customers. Students develop their understanding of digital tactics and essential know-how to become successful social media managers.
Social Media Marketing
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: COM 316 T
Dual Listing: BUS 316 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: How can social media be used to sell products? What are winning social media-based marketing strategies, and how do you determine whether or not your approach has been effective? We explore the fundamental marketing concepts relevant to the digital world, and develop the skills needed to create and implement successful new media marketing campaigns, online strategies, and other types of digital-era business operations. The most popular, “best-selling” platforms, the differences between specific media tools and the operations they can be used for, and how they can increase business and engage with online customers. Students develop their understanding of digital tactics and essential know-how to become successful social media managers.
Sustainable Forest Management
TUE 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ENV 190 T
Dual Listing: AGR 190 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Lecture only, no hands-on component
Course code: ENV 280 T
Dual Listing: IGC 280 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
TUE 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: LIT 350 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
Social Psychology
MON 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 200 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: How do we think about, influence, and relate to other people? What is the role of others in forming our perception of ourselves, our attitudes, and the degree to which we obey rules and generally conform? We explore human social behavior through the field’s major theories, findings, approaches, and methods, emphasizing an interpersonal perspective. Specific topics include attribution theory, causes of prejudice and aggression and methods for reducing them, altruism, development of gender roles, stereotypes, and nonverbal behavior. We also make use of our Italian setting to compare and contrast the influence of different cultures on individual and group behavior.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
THU 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Creative Writing
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 220 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Explores both the theoretical and practical aspects of creative writing through the basic principles and techniques for producing quality written work. We introduce and explore a variety of writing aids and inspirational exercises to stimulate students’ creativity and pave the way for producing various types of texts. Written work is read out loud and critiqued as a class, enabling students to develop a greater critical awareness of their own writing as well as learn from their peers’ experiences and solutions. Geared toward seriously motivated, self-disciplined students looking to develop their ability to write creatively and effectively. Includes mid-term and final writing projects that reflect the themes and processes discussed during the semester.
Expanding Creativity (Intersession)
MON to FRI 1:00 PM-3:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 151 F
Dual Listing: PER 151 F PHO 151 F SCU 151 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 49
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: This course is a space in which fine arts majors engage critically with the creative process in their work, focus on problem-solving, explore the limits of media and the links between them, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. The course fosters reflective practice, heightened creativity, and the ability to work independently. Students, at different stages of their studies, are closely guided in formulating and developing individual projects to meet appropriate, precise, and pragmatic objectives. Such objectives may have to do with moving between or combining media, or taking a set of technical skills to new personal limits. Projects may also delve into sources of inspiration, or articulate and apply a creative strategy.
Expanding Creativity (Intersession)
MON to FRI 1:00 PM-3:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PER 151 F
Dual Listing: PDM 151 F PHO 151 F SCU 151 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: This course is a space in which fine arts majors engage critically with the creative process in their work, focus on problem-solving, explore the limits of media and the links between them, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. The course fosters reflective practice, heightened creativity, and the ability to work independently. Students, at different stages of their studies, are closely guided in formulating and developing individual projects to meet appropriate, precise, and pragmatic objectives. Such objectives may have to do with moving between or combining media, or taking a set of technical skills to new personal limits. Projects may also delve into sources of inspiration, or articulate and apply a creative strategy.
Expanding Creativity (Intersession)
MON to FRI 1:00 PM-3:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PHO 151 F
Dual Listing: PER 151 F PDM 151 F SCU 151 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: This course is a space in which fine arts majors engage critically with the creative process in their work, focus on problem-solving, explore the limits of media and the links between them, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. The course fosters reflective practice, heightened creativity, and the ability to work independently. Students, at different stages of their studies, are closely guided in formulating and developing individual projects to meet appropriate, precise, and pragmatic objectives. Such objectives may have to do with moving between or combining media, or taking a set of technical skills to new personal limits. Projects may also delve into sources of inspiration, or articulate and apply a creative strategy.
Expanding Creativity (Intersession)
MON to FRI 1:00 PM-3:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: SCU 151 F
Dual Listing: PER 151 F PHO 151 F PDM 151 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Creative Arts
Department: Sculpture and Ceramics
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: This course is a space in which fine arts majors engage critically with the creative process in their work, focus on problem-solving, explore the limits of media and the links between them, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. The course fosters reflective practice, heightened creativity, and the ability to work independently. Students, at different stages of their studies, are closely guided in formulating and developing individual projects to meet appropriate, precise, and pragmatic objectives. Such objectives may have to do with moving between or combining media, or taking a set of technical skills to new personal limits. Projects may also delve into sources of inspiration, or articulate and apply a creative strategy.
Filmmaking I
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional in-class lesson on TUE May 4 which will take place from 5.00 PM to 7.30 PM in the same classroom as regular lessons.
Course code: FMA 210 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 300 / MDIA 203 L Introduction to Video Production
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Eschini
Description: What do you need to know and know how to do to make a film? What separates an amateur product from a compelling work of art? We cover the basics of individual shots, frame composition, elementary scripting, and editing. Students use personal devices (smartphones, basic photo/video cameras, etc.) and familiarize themselves with more professional videomaking tools, develop creative projects, test their visual storytelling capabilities, and produce a short digital film by course’s end. Combines hands-on activities with classroom analysis, discussions of cinematic language, and an exploration of the medium’s recent evolution (e.g. the YouTube galaxy, on-demand video services, new media devices and practices).
Screenwriting I
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates). Please note that on WED May 5 the lesson will be held online at the same time as regular lesson.
Course code: FMA 242 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 321 L Screenwriting
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Palladio
Description: What’s in a screenplay? More than you might think. Its unique nature demands a specific architecture that distinguishes it from other types of writing. We examine the basic principles of screenwriting through lectures, workshop discussions and scene-writing exercises. Topics include theories of screenwriting, structure and development (scenes, sequences, acts), style, format, writing with images, plot analysis, and character construction. Students then develop a subject of their choice into a roughly 20-page screenplay, inspired by their experiences in Italy, a story, or another source. Their original concept is articulated first into a coherent outline (a detailed summary of the scenes and main events), then transformed into a solid, formal screenplay based on a three-act structure.
Music and Film
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates).
Course code: FMA 276 F
Dual Listing: PER 276 F
Marist Code/Title: MUS 248 L History of Motion Picture Music
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: An introduction to the role of music in one of the 20th century’s defining art forms: film. We explore film music from its silent-era origins, when music was critical to conveying a story’s emotions and meaning, through to the present day. How does music function as a source of drama and emphasis in a film’s plot? How has musical iconography been codified in various film genres? Key topics include an overview of film history, musical forms, the concept of associative listening, and major film music techniques and how composers use them in scoring. We also analyze some of movie history’s most iconic soundtracks by such composers as Morricone, Williams, Rota, Horner, and many others, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, James Cameron and Wes Anderson, and discuss what makes these scores so effective.
Principles of Drawing and Composition
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 201
FULL
Notes: material costs apply. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI May 7. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PDM 130 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 110 N Basic Drawing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 52
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Pontormo
Description: The essential techniques and concepts for drawing figures and objects and arranging them in relation to one another. We introduce the fundamentals of drawing with charcoal, pencil, red chalk, and a variety of other media. Each session aims to transmit a core concept and skills which are then consolidated through observation and practical exercises. Our subjects of interest include still lives, the human figure, architecture, and landscapes, which we analyze in depth from both a technical and compositional standpoint. Abundant inspiration and material for analysis are provided by the exceptional works of art, architecture and landscapes of our host city. Students consolidate their abilities in a variety of genres and media, and acquire a better theoretical understanding, a key to future studies.
Principles of Drawing and Composition
WED 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Notes: Material costs apply.
Course code: PDM 130 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 110 N Basic Drawing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 52
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Pontormo
Description: The essential techniques and concepts for drawing figures and objects and arranging them in relation to one another. We introduce the fundamentals of drawing with charcoal, pencil, red chalk, and a variety of other media. Each session aims to transmit a core concept and skills which are then consolidated through observation and practical exercises. Our subjects of interest include still lives, the human figure, architecture, and landscapes, which we analyze in depth from both a technical and compositional standpoint. Abundant inspiration and material for analysis are provided by the exceptional works of art, architecture and landscapes of our host city. Students consolidate their abilities in a variety of genres and media, and acquire a better theoretical understanding, a key to future studies.
Foundation Oil Painting
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply.
Course code: PDM 140 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 111 N Basic Painting
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Peggy G.
Description: Highly-structured class sessions, complete with demonstrations and guided exercises, gradually familiarize students with the fundamental skills and techniques of this medium. We focus on developing observational skills, the perception and creation of form, tone and color on two-dimensional surfaces, color theory and mixing, linear perspective, and effective composition. Our main genre will be the still life, but the host city itself provides a range of exceptional works of art and architecture that we look to for inspiration and analyze as a way of enhancing our own knowledge and abilities. Prior studio training not required; non-majors are admitted.
Expanding Creativity
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI May 7. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PDM 150 F
Dual Listing: PER 150 F SCU 150 F PHO 150 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 52
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Florence Sketchbook - Beginning
THU 9:00 AM-10:40 AM / 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 202
FULL
Notes: material costs apply. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI April 30. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PDM 183 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 125 N Florence Sketchbook Beginning
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 52
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: An original format for developing observational, drawing and watercolor skills. Students create a series of sketchbooks whose material they transform into finished drawing projects. After an introduction to basic drawing techniques with pencil, pen and other media, we dedicate ourselves to outdoor sketching in and around the city, honing skills in representing a variety of subjects including the human form, architecture, and landscape. Exploiting the advantages of the site, we explore historical monuments, Florence’s vibrant street life, formal gardens, and the outdoor sculptures and squares that symbolize the artistic heritage of medieval and Renaissance Florence. Develops students’ ability to capture impressions efficiently in various media and at various rates and scales, and use a journal-like container for recording notes, ideas, and sketches, analyzing artwork, and developing personal interests.
Fundamentals of Art and Design: Color Theory
WED 9:00 AM-10:40 AM / 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply.
Course code: PDM 190 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 101 L Fundamentals of Art and Design
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 52
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: Colors matter. We analyze them from a theoretical standpoint, exploring how to use both harmonies and contrasts effectively. Topics include color purity, light-dark (chiaroscuro) and hot-cold color contrasts, complementary colors, simultaneous contrast, quality and quantity contrast. What is the relationship between form and color? How does color influence space, composition, perception and chromatic balance (the illusion of color)? Students grasp the expressive force of color as an essential element of the creative process, develop their eye through experience and trial and error, and use various color theory criteria to understand the effects of choosing a certain color or color combination in practical exercises involving landscapes and the wonders of Florence’s artistic heritage.
Fundamentals of Art and Design: Color Theory
WED 9:00 AM-10:40 AM / 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply.
Course code: PDM 190 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 101 L Fundamentals of Art and Design
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 52
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Pontormo
Description: Colors matter. We analyze them from a theoretical standpoint, exploring how to use both harmonies and contrasts effectively. Topics include color purity, light-dark (chiaroscuro) and hot-cold color contrasts, complementary colors, simultaneous contrast, quality and quantity contrast. What is the relationship between form and color? How does color influence space, composition, perception and chromatic balance (the illusion of color)? Students grasp the expressive force of color as an essential element of the creative process, develop their eye through experience and trial and error, and use various color theory criteria to understand the effects of choosing a certain color or color combination in practical exercises involving landscapes and the wonders of Florence’s artistic heritage.
Intermediate Drawing
THU 9:00 AM-10:40 AM / 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 130 Principles of Drawing and Composition, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI April 30. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PDM 260 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 300 N Intermediate Analytical Figure and Object Drawing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 52
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Pontormo
Description: An opportunity for students to build on and refine their abilities to draw both objects and the human figure. We focus on the structure and anatomy of the human body, the relationship between individual elements in a composition, and the effective positioning of figures in space, allowing students to hone their perceptive abilities and more incisively transfer their ideas and observations to the page. Students also have the chance to explore and familiarize themselves with a variety of drawing techniques and media (charcoal, pencils, red chalk, ink). Naturally, Florence’s exceptional artistic heritage provides the backdrop to our artistic efforts, offering countless subjects and sources of inspiration.
Intermediate Painting
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
FULL
Prerequisites: PDM 140 Foundation Oil Painting, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply.
Course code: PDM 270 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 202 N Intermediate Painting
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Peggy G.
Description: In this follow-up to the beginning-level course, we guide students toward a deeper knowledge of and confidence in oil painting theory and practice. Focuses include the human figure as well as object painting, and the exploration of various approaches to painting from life. Covers the most important oil painting techniques to provide students with a solid foundation for taking on more ambitious work: color mixing, command of brush strokes, glazing and scumbling, as well as traditional canvas preparation. The rich artistic heritage of Florence or Tuscania provides the backdrop to our artistic efforts, offering countless subjects and material to explore and analyze.
Advanced Painting I: Observation and Interpretation
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 270 Intermediate Painting, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI April 30. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PDM 350 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 301 N Advanced Painting I
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: We advance students’ knowledge and practice of oil painting through figurative and/or object work, with the aim of enhancing the quality of work and achieving a mastery of the subtleties of the medium. Other painting techniques, such as the use of acrylics, will also be explored and experimented. The idea is to move gradually away from direct observation and toward more spontaneous, individual means of expressing ideas and concepts. Exercises and projects focus on consolidating skills related to color, composition, and technical experimentation such as glazing, impasto, and other painting media. Florence’s rich artistic heritage provides ample material for analysis and inspiration.
Advanced Painting II
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 350 Advanced Painting I: Observation and Interpretation, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply, The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI May 7. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PDM 392 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 315 N : Advanced Conceptual Painting
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: An opportunity for students with considerable painting experience to develop and execute projects centering on their own original interests, while honing the overall quality of their artistic product. Projects may take the form of a single work or a series of works, which can vary in both size and the media used. Finding solutions to translate observation and experience into a personal aesthetic language, a consolidation of style, expressive techniques and originality. Students engage with a high technical level of painting, focusing on an effective use of color, form, composition, and surface treatment with various materials and techniques. Florence’s incredible art and architectural heritage will be the focus of our exploration and analysis.
Introduction to Ballet
TUE 12:00 NOON-1:10 PM / THU 12:00 NOON-1:10 PM
Section: 201
FULL
Notes: Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course. Material costs apply. This course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI April 30. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PER 143 F
Marist Code/Title: PHED 143 N Introduction to Ballet
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Caravaggio
Description: Ballet from the ground up: correct posture and body control, basic feet and arm positioning, and preparation with both floor exercises and the barre. Exercises aim to mold the dancer’s body into a beautiful, graceful form, transforming it into a tool for giving voice to creative expression.
Expanding Creativity
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply. The course includes two additional in-class lessons on FRI March 12 and FRI May 7. Easter Monday (Apr 5) Makeup on FRI April 9. Lessons will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PER 150 F
Dual Listing: PDM 150 F PHO 150 F SCU 150 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Music and Film
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes a midterm Take Home Exam and an additional video-lesson after March 1st (see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: PER 276 F
Dual Listing: FMA 276 F
Marist Code/Title: MUS 248 L History of Motion Picture Music
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: An introduction to the role of music in one of the 20th century’s defining art forms: film. We explore film music from its silent-era origins, when music was critical to conveying a story’s emotions and meaning, through to the present day. How does music function as a source of drama and emphasis in a film’s plot? How has musical iconography been codified in various film genres? Key topics include an overview of film history, musical forms, the concept of associative listening, and major film music techniques and how composers use them in scoring. We also analyze some of movie history’s most iconic soundtracks by such composers as Morricone, Williams, Rota, Horner, and many others, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, James Cameron and Wes Anderson, and discuss what makes these scores so effective.
Exploring Opera and Music Theatre
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: The course includes an additional video-lesson after March 1st(see syllabus for exact dates)
Course code: PER 294 F
Marist Code/Title: MUS 335 L Opera
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: We dive into the world of musical theater, and where better than in Florence, the birthplace of opera. Since antiquity, music and drama have been intertwined, influencing and contaminating one another reciprocally. We trace the intersections of these two art forms and explore how they have combined to express fundamental aspects of human culture. While one of our main focuses is on the history and performance of Italian opera, our scope also broadens to embrace a range of sources, styles and cultures, from ancient Greek tragedy and comedy to Broadway musicals and rock operas, underlining the variety within the universe of musical drama. Includes live musical demonstrations, performance-related workshops, a live opera, and a visit to a local theater to explore its architecture, acoustics and backstage areas.
Intermediate Ballet
TUE 1:30 PM-2:40 PM / THU 1:30 PM-2:40 PM
Section: 201
FULL
Prerequisites: PER 143 Introduction to Ballet, or equivalent
Notes: Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course. Material costs apply. This course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI April 30. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PER 300 F
Marist Code/Title: PHED 372 N : Intermediate Ballet
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 39
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Caravaggio
Description: We consolidate and expand the skills developed in the beginning-level course, taking on more challenging and intensive barre and center exercises, turnouts, jumps and point study, and adagio exercises. Historically and culturally speaking, our focus is on ballet’s Romantic period, and we familiarize ourselves with the era’s most important figures in music and dance.
Introduction to Digital Photography
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
FULL
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. Lab fee required. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI May 7. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PHO 130 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 320 N : Digital Photography
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Avedon
Description: Get to know the functions and potential of a digital camera. We explore the history and aesthetics of photography to help students express themselves photographically in a more conscious, creative manner. Topics include focal length, aperture, shutter speed, composition, and light quality, along with techniques specific to digital capture and the manipulation of images. Familiarization with Photoshop software for processing and printing photographic images. Specific assignments are designed to consolidate knowledge of specific digital techniques, giving students increased technical control of the medium and helping them develop a more critical eye. In Florence, the course is 80% digital, 20% film and darkroom with some basic black and white developing and printing techniques. In Tuscania, it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Introduction to Digital Photography
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 203
OPEN
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 130 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 320 N : Digital Photography
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Avedon
Description: Get to know the functions and potential of a digital camera. We explore the history and aesthetics of photography to help students express themselves photographically in a more conscious, creative manner. Topics include focal length, aperture, shutter speed, composition, and light quality, along with techniques specific to digital capture and the manipulation of images. Familiarization with Photoshop software for processing and printing photographic images. Specific assignments are designed to consolidate knowledge of specific digital techniques, giving students increased technical control of the medium and helping them develop a more critical eye. In Florence, the course is 80% digital, 20% film and darkroom with some basic black and white developing and printing techniques. In Tuscania, it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Introduction to Digital Photography
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 204
FULL
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. Lab fee required. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI April 30. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PHO 130 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 320 N : Digital Photography
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Avedon
Description: Get to know the functions and potential of a digital camera. We explore the history and aesthetics of photography to help students express themselves photographically in a more conscious, creative manner. Topics include focal length, aperture, shutter speed, composition, and light quality, along with techniques specific to digital capture and the manipulation of images. Familiarization with Photoshop software for processing and printing photographic images. Specific assignments are designed to consolidate knowledge of specific digital techniques, giving students increased technical control of the medium and helping them develop a more critical eye. In Florence, the course is 80% digital, 20% film and darkroom with some basic black and white developing and printing techniques. In Tuscania, it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Expanding Creativity
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply. The course includes two additional in-class lessons on FRI March 12 and FRI May 7. Easter Monday (Apr 5) Makeup on FRI April 9. Lessons will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PHO 150 F
Dual Listing: PER 150 F PDM 150 F SCU 150 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Etching
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PRI 120 Basic Printmaking, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Lab fee required. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI May 7. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: PRI 220 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 220 N Etching
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Printmaking
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Printmaking
Description: Learn the techniques and visual possibilities of black-and-white and color etching: intaglio, aquatints, soft ground, super aquatint, and photo etching. We develop the skills to manage both the preparation of the original matrix and the printing process that allows the engraved image to be reproduced. Students employ their knowledge to create prints in a variety of subject matter: creative interpretations of the human figure, still lifes, landscapes, and abstract and geometric structures. They hone their command of form, value, line and composition and their general ability to express themselves creatively, stimulated by instructor prompts aimed at developing a wide range of artistic skills. Florence’s extraordinary artistic and architectural heritage provides a unique backdrop and endless material for inspiration and analysis.
Furniture, Wood Objects, and Gilding Conservation
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: lab fee required. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI May 7. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: RES 140 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 150 N : Furniture, Wood Objects and Gilding Conservation
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Restoration Lab 1
Description: An exploration of the conservation and restoration theory and methods for wooden and gilded objects (antique furniture, decorations, art and its frames), and practical experience implementing them in our Restoration Lab. Under close instructor guidance, students learn about the different qualities and types of wood, correct techniques and practices, safety procedures, and how to keep accurate lab records.
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required. The course includes two additional in-class lessons on FRI March 19 and FRI April 16. Lessons will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: RES 193 F
Dual Listing: ANC 193 F ANT 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Historical Painting Lab I
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: lab fee required.
Course code: RES 245 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 220 N : Historical Painting Lab I
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Restoration Lab 2
Description: Knowing how painters have worked in various historical periods is key to a conservator’s ability to analyze the techniques and materials used to create a work of art (fresco, tempera, oil, etc.), and decide how best to maintain it in optimal conditions. We experiment with small panels and various samples to familiarize ourselves with the techniques, processes and materials used for the paintings in centuries past, using early Renaissance artist Cennino Cennini’s The Craftsman's Handbook as a guide to understanding these traditional materials and procedures: egg-based tempera, the gesso primer for canvas and panels, gilding and other decorative arts, etc. Students meticulously prepare these samples, which go on to form a vital part of their conservator’s portfolio.
Fresco Painting and Restoration II
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: RES 160 Fresco Painting and Restoration I, or equivalent
Notes: Lab fee required.
Course code: RES 260 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 280 N : Fresco Painting and Restoration II
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Restoration Lab 1
Description: Largely-onsite restoration of original frescoes under close instructor guidance. Intermediate-level students continue and/or complete the conservational tasks required at given points in a broader, ongoing project, which may include fresco cleaning, repairing cracks in its support, consolidating the original underlayer of intonaco, plastering areas where there is a loss of paint or cement, and retouching painted surfaces. Details vary according to the projects available during the semester, the conservation needs of the work of art, and the techniques necessary to carry out the restoration. Students develop their skills in documenting restoration work, which will be one of their primary responsibilities.
Painting and Polychrome Wooden Sculpture Conservation II
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: RES 175 Painting and Polychrome Wooden Sculpture Conservation I, or equivalent
Notes: lab fee required. The course includes two additional in-class lessons on FRI April 30 and SAT May 8. Lessons will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: RES 275 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 290 N : Painting and Polychrome Wooden Sculpture Conservation II
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Restoration Lab 1
Description: Working exclusively with original paintings, students develop a more independent approach to conservation through a full immersion in the various phases of conservation. Specific methods and techniques vary according to the conservation needs of the work of art and available projects. Mid-term and final grades are based on the accuracy and completeness of lab records, including relevant research and photographic documentation, emphasizing the importance of monitoring the state and progress of conservation activities for the benefit of future work and study.
Special Topics in Restoration
TUE 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Restoration majors of junior standing
Notes: lab fee required.
Course code: RES 399 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 392 N and CONV 393 N Conservation Studies/Restoration I
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 52
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Restoration Lab 1
Description: Offers high-level, detailed conservation or restoration work related to a variety of materials, specialized techniques and documentation methods, and current issues, giving students considerable personal responsibility for work on original works of art. Topics may vary from year to year.
Advanced Project for Painting and Polychrome Wooden Sculpture Conservation
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: RES 375 Advanced Painting and Polychrome Wooden Sculpture Conservation, or equivalent
Notes: lab fee required. The course includes two additional in-class lessons on FRI April 30 and SAT May 8. Lessons will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: RES 400 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 400 L Working Group Project for Painting and Polychrome Wooden Sculpture Conservation
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Restoration Lab 1
Description: In this final course in the sequence, students carry out demanding conservation work on original works of art under close instructor supervision, but with a high level of autonomy and responsibility. Whether individually or as part of a team, they confront the tasks, conditions and expectations of professionals in the field. Requirements include the preparation of a professional-quality lab report documenting every phase and the techniques used, orderly working procedures, solid and pertinent research, a precise analysis of the work’s support, ground, binders, and paint layers (with visible, raking and UV light, trans-illumination, and the stereomicroscope), and accurate written and photographic documentation.
Advanced Project for Fresco and Mural Painting Restoration
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: RES 360 Advanced Fresco Painting and Restoration, or equivalent
Notes: lab fee required. The course includes an additional in-class lesson on FRI May 7. Lesson will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: RES 405 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 401 L Working Group Project for Fresco and Mural Painting Restoration
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Restoration Lab 1
Description: Students carry out restoration work on original wall paintings, with instructor supervision, at a historic location in or near Florence. Projects are designed to offer the opportunity to conduct every phase of restoration, from preliminary analysis to completion. Requirements include a lab report documenting every step and every technique used that enables others to authenticate the quality of the work done. Focuses include documentation, such as photography, analysis of support, ground, binders and paint layers, as well as art historical research. Goes beyond lab work to embrace the theoretical problems encountered, the ethics of restoration, and the choices restorers must make. Consolidates skills related to pre- and post-restoration phases, and to the specific procedures during each phase of analysis and restoration.
Ceramics and Well-Being
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
FULL
Notes: lab fee required.
Course code: SCU 130 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 190 N Ceramics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Sculpture and Ceramics
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 17/R
Room: Della Robbia
Description: Ceramics are good for you. We explore a wide range of concepts and practices for developing this outlet for creative expression that is also a proven source of psycho-physical well-being: the tactile experience involved, the focus on creativity and self-expression, and the sense of a reconnection between the body and the earth. Not only do we delve into the technical processes of producing ceramics (working clay, firing, finishing with slips and glazes), but we do so with an emphasis on optimal posture and positioning of hands, wrists and fingers in order to associate this experience with a sense of physical comfort. Suitable for students with little or no clay hand-building or wheel-throwing experience.
Ceramics and Well-Being
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Notes: Lab fee required.
Course code: SCU 130 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 190 N Ceramics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Sculpture and Ceramics
Credits: 3
Hours: 78
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 17/R
Room: Della Robbia
Description: Ceramics are good for you. We explore a wide range of concepts and practices for developing this outlet for creative expression that is also a proven source of psycho-physical well-being: the tactile experience involved, the focus on creativity and self-expression, and the sense of a reconnection between the body and the earth. Not only do we delve into the technical processes of producing ceramics (working clay, firing, finishing with slips and glazes), but we do so with an emphasis on optimal posture and positioning of hands, wrists and fingers in order to associate this experience with a sense of physical comfort. Suitable for students with little or no clay hand-building or wheel-throwing experience.
Expanding Creativity
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply. The course includes two additional in-class lessons on FRI March 12 and FRI May 7. Easter Monday (Apr 5) Makeup on FRI April 9. Lessons will take place in the same classroom and at the same time as regular lessons.
Course code: SCU 150 F
Dual Listing: PER 150 F PHO 150 F PDM 150 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Sculpture and Ceramics
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Italian Cinema and Society
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: FMA 284 T
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 305 / COM 489 L Italian Cinema and Society/ Seminar in Cinema Studies
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: A social and cultural history of Italy through its most representative films. Movies have been a powerful tool for exploring and critiquing customs, ideologies, language, gender roles, and social problems in this beautiful land full of contradictions. Our main areas of focus include fascism, World War II, the Italian “economic miracle,” the southern question, 1970s political terrorism, commercial television, the Second Italian Republic, the Mafia, and the contemporary phenomenon of immigration. These themes and questions are examined through the major works of key directors and the most important genres, analyzing the intellectual, historical, cultural, and literary background that informs each work. We look at both popular and avant-garde films, as both categories can tell us much about the Italian society from which they arose.
Tuscania Sketchbook - Beginning
TUE 11:00 AM-12:40 PM / 1:00 PM-2:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 184 T
Marist Code/Title: ART 110N Basic Drawing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: An original format for developing observational, drawing and watercolor skills. Students create a series of sketchbooks whose material they transform into finished drawing projects. After an introduction to basic drawing techniques with pencil, pen and other media, we dedicate ourselves to outdoor sketching in and around the city, honing skills in representing a variety of subjects including the human form, architecture, and landscape. Exploiting the advantages of the site, we explore Tuscania’s medieval churches, city walls, archaeological excavations, and everyday life, as well as the unspoiled, majestic countryside of the surrounding region. Develops students’ ability capture impressions efficiently in various media and at various rates and scales, and use a journal-like container for recording notes, ideas, and sketches, analyzing artwork, and developing personal interests.
Discover Painting: Tuscania through Color and Space
MON 11:00 AM-1:30 PM / 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 187 T
Marist Code/Title: ART 111N Basic Painting
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: How is color used to construct space in a painting, and why is it such an important element in design? How do space and color contribute to expressing the painted subject? Why and how did early Christian artists use mosaic? How can an understanding of space, color, form and material be used to communicate spiritual themes effectively? We explore the answers to these and other questions through the experience of painting against the backdrop of the beautiful town of Tuscania and the surrounding countryside. Students are guided and stimulated to engage in visual research that contributes new insights to their own pictorial language. Includes a series of visits (once every two weeks) to medieval churches and other historic sites in and around Tuscania for painting, which students then complete in the studio under the instructor’s guidance.
Tuscania Sketchbook - Intermediate
TUE 11:00 AM-12:40 PM / 1:00 PM-2:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 130 Principles of Drawing and Composition, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply
Course code: PDM 231 T
Marist Code/Title: STUD 277N Tuscania Sketchbook
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: A chance to conduct artistic research and give free reign to your creativity as you sketch from the museums, churches, public spaces, and idyllic landscape of Tuscania, taking part in a centuries-long artistic tradition. We immerse ourselves in the town, its historic monuments and daily activities, its inhabitants past and present, drawing inspiration from sculptures, paintings, architecture, squares and the surrounding nature. While doing so, we focus particularly on refining our skills in foreshortening and perspective. Students are encouraged to jot down notes and impressions and actively explore their own areas of interest. A lively, refreshing approach to developing observational skills and drawing and painting techniques, while compiling an array of source material for future projects.
Introduction to Digital Photography
THU 11:00 AM-1:30 PM / 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. This course is 100% digital: no darkroom and film techniques foreseen. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 130 T
Marist Code/Title: ART 320N Digital Photography
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Get to know the functions and potential of a digital camera. We explore the history and aesthetics of photography to help students express themselves photographically in a more conscious, creative manner. Topics include focal length, aperture, shutter speed, composition, and light quality, along with techniques specific to digital capture and the manipulation of images. Familiarization with Photoshop software for processing and printing photographic images. Specific assignments are designed to consolidate knowledge of specific digital techniques, giving students increased technical control of the medium and helping them develop a more critical eye. In Florence, the course is 80% digital, 20% film and darkroom with some basic black and white developing and printing techniques. In Tuscania, it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Intermediate Digital Photography
THU 11:00 AM-1:30 PM / 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PHO 120 Introduction to Classic Photography or PHO 130 Introduction to Digital Photography, or equivalent
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. This course is 100% digital: no darkroom and film techniques foreseen in Tuscania. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 230 T
Marist Code/Title: STUD 293N Intermediate Digital Photography
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Series of workshops for mastering professional photography techniques in both artistic and commercial fields. We explore the theory behind digital photography, shot optimization, and professional post-production, including RAW file to Photoshop processing, HDR and B&W workflows, managing noise, sharpness and white balance, and final image preparation for the web, publishing, or large-format printing. Includes field trips and studio sessions to aid in developing individual projects. In Florence the course is 70% digital, 30% film and darkroom (professional archiving, using large-format 4”x5”-view film camera, darkroom techniques). In Tuscania it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Florence Sketchbook - Beginning
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 183 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 125 N Florence Sketchbook Beginning
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: An original format for developing observational, drawing and watercolor skills. Students create a series of sketchbooks whose material they transform into finished drawing projects. After an introduction to basic drawing techniques with pencil, pen and other media, we dedicate ourselves to outdoor sketching in and around the city, honing skills in representing a variety of subjects including the human form, architecture, and landscape. Exploiting the advantages of the site, we explore historical monuments, Florence’s vibrant street life, formal gardens, and the outdoor sculptures and squares that symbolize the artistic heritage of medieval and Renaissance Florence. Develops students’ ability to capture impressions efficiently in various media and at various rates and scales, and use a journal-like container for recording notes, ideas, and sketches, analyzing artwork, and developing personal interests.
Introduction to Digital Photography (Summer only)
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 131 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 320 N Digital Photography
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Avedon
Description: Get to know the functions and potential of a digital camera. We explore the history and aesthetics of photography to help students express themselves photographically in a more conscious, creative manner. Topics include focal length, aperture, shutter speed, composition, and light quality, along with techniques specific to digital capture and the manipulation of images. Familiarization with Photoshop software for processing and printing photographic images. Specific assignments are designed to consolidate knowledge of specific digital techniques, giving students increased technical control of the medium and helping them develop a more critical eye. In Florence, the course is 80% digital, 20% film and darkroom with some basic black and white developing and printing techniques. In Tuscania, it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Italian Cinema and Society
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: FMA 284 T
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 305 / COM 489 L Italian Cinema and Society/ Seminar in Cinema Studies
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: A social and cultural history of Italy through its most representative films. Movies have been a powerful tool for exploring and critiquing customs, ideologies, language, gender roles, and social problems in this beautiful land full of contradictions. Our main areas of focus include fascism, World War II, the Italian “economic miracle,” the southern question, 1970s political terrorism, commercial television, the Second Italian Republic, the Mafia, and the contemporary phenomenon of immigration. These themes and questions are examined through the major works of key directors and the most important genres, analyzing the intellectual, historical, cultural, and literary background that informs each work. We look at both popular and avant-garde films, as both categories can tell us much about the Italian society from which they arose.
Expanding Creativity
MON to THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 150 T
Dual Listing: PER 150 T PHO 150 T
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Discover Painting: Tuscania through Color and Space (Summer only)
MON to THU 3:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 188 T
Marist Code/Title: ART 111 N Basic Painting
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: How is color used to construct space in a painting, and why is it such an important element in design? How do space and color contribute to expressing the painted subject? Why and how did early Christian artists use mosaic? How can an understanding of space, color, form and material be used to communicate spiritual themes effectively? We explore the answers to these and other questions through the experience of painting against the backdrop of the beautiful town of Tuscania and the surrounding countryside. Students are guided and stimulated to engage in visual research that contributes new insights to their own pictorial language. Includes a series of visits (once every two weeks) to medieval churches and other historic sites in and around Tuscania for painting, which students then complete in the studio under the instructor’s guidance.
Expanding Creativity
MON to THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PER 150 T
Dual Listing: PDM 150 T PHO 150 T
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Introduction to Digital Photography (Summer only)
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. This course is 100% digital: no darkroom and film techniques foreseen. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 131 T
Marist Code/Title: ART 320 N : Digital Photography
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Get to know the functions and potential of a digital camera. We explore the history and aesthetics of photography to help students express themselves photographically in a more conscious, creative manner. Topics include focal length, aperture, shutter speed, composition, and light quality, along with techniques specific to digital capture and the manipulation of images. Familiarization with Photoshop software for processing and printing photographic images. Specific assignments are designed to consolidate knowledge of specific digital techniques, giving students increased technical control of the medium and helping them develop a more critical eye. In Florence, the course is 80% digital, 20% film and darkroom with some basic black and white developing and printing techniques. In Tuscania, it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Expanding Creativity
MON to THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PHO 150 T
Dual Listing: PDM 150 T PER 150 T
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Intermediate Digital Photography (Summer only)
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: PHO 120 Introduction to Classic Photography or PHO 130 Introduction to Digital Photography, or equivalent
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. This course is 100% digital: no darkroom and film techniques foreseen in Tuscania. Lab fee required
Course code: PHO 231 T
Marist Code/Title: STUD 293 N : Intermediate Digital Photography
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Series of workshops for mastering professional photography techniques in both artistic and commercial fields. We explore the theory behind digital photography, shot optimization, and professional post-production, including RAW file to Photoshop processing, HDR and B&W workflows, managing noise, sharpness and white balance, and final image preparation for the web, publishing, or large-format printing. Includes field trips and studio sessions to aid in developing individual projects. In Florence the course is 70% digital, 30% film and darkroom (professional archiving, using large-format 4”x5”-view film camera, darkroom techniques). In Tuscania it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Archaeology Workshop
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: RES 193 F
Dual Listing: ANC 193 F ANT 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Ceramics and Well-Being (Summer only)
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: lab fee required
Course code: SCU 131 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 190 N Ceramics
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Creative Arts
Department: Sculpture and Ceramics
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 17/R
Room: Della Robbia
Description: Ceramics are good for you. We explore a wide range of concepts and practices for developing this outlet for creative expression that is also a proven source of psycho-physical well-being: the tactile experience involved, the focus on creativity and self-expression, and the sense of a reconnection between the body and the earth. Not only do we delve into the technical processes of producing ceramics (working clay, firing, finishing with slips and glazes), but we do so with an emphasis on optimal posture and positioning of hands, wrists and fingers in order to associate this experience with a sense of physical comfort. Suitable for students with little or no clay hand-building or wheel-throwing experience.
Italian Cinema and Society
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: FMA 284 T
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 305/COM 489 L Italian Cinema and Society/ Seminar in Cinema Studies
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: A social and cultural history of Italy through its most representative films. Movies have been a powerful tool for exploring and critiquing customs, ideologies, language, gender roles, and social problems in this beautiful land full of contradictions. Our main areas of focus include fascism, World War II, the Italian “economic miracle,” the southern question, 1970s political terrorism, commercial television, the Second Italian Republic, the Mafia, and the contemporary phenomenon of immigration. These themes and questions are examined through the major works of key directors and the most important genres, analyzing the intellectual, historical, cultural, and literary background that informs each work. We look at both popular and avant-garde films, as both categories can tell us much about the Italian society from which they arose.
Tuscania Sketchbook - Beginning
MON to THU 3:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 184 T
Marist Code/Title: ART 110N Basic Drawing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: An original format for developing observational, drawing and watercolor skills. Students create a series of sketchbooks whose material they transform into finished drawing projects. After an introduction to basic drawing techniques with pencil, pen and other media, we dedicate ourselves to outdoor sketching in and around the city, honing skills in representing a variety of subjects including the human form, architecture, and landscape. Exploiting the advantages of the site, we explore Tuscania’s medieval churches, city walls, archaeological excavations, and everyday life, as well as the unspoiled, majestic countryside of the surrounding region. Develops students’ ability capture impressions efficiently in various media and at various rates and scales, and use a journal-like container for recording notes, ideas, and sketches, analyzing artwork, and developing personal interests.
Tuscania Sketchbook - Intermediate
MON to THU 3:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 130 Principles of Drawing and Composition, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply
Course code: PDM 231 T
Marist Code/Title: STUD 277N Tuscania Sketchbook
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: A chance to conduct artistic research and give free reign to your creativity as you sketch from the museums, churches, public spaces, and idyllic landscape of Tuscania, taking part in a centuries-long artistic tradition. We immerse ourselves in the town, its historic monuments and daily activities, its inhabitants past and present, drawing inspiration from sculptures, paintings, architecture, squares and the surrounding nature. While doing so, we focus particularly on refining our skills in foreshortening and perspective. Students are encouraged to jot down notes and impressions and actively explore their own areas of interest. A lively, refreshing approach to developing observational skills and drawing and painting techniques, while compiling an array of source material for future projects.
Landscape and Architecture Photography (Summer only)
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: PHO 120 Introduction to Classic Photography or PHO 130 Introduction to Digital Photography, or equivalent
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. This course is 100% digital: no darkroom and film techniques foreseen at Tuscania. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 246 T
Marist Code/Title: ART 357 N: Landscape and Architecture Photography
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: How do you take beautiful photographs of large-scale subjects? What are the technical and compositional keys to expressing your artistic visions effectively? We divide our time between indoor and outdoor shooting exercises and digital lab sessions. We also explore representative works of modern and contemporary photography, looking at the evolution of techniques and aesthetic strategies and the features that make a photo unique and memorable. In the lab, students learn to develop and print images and use the Photoshop tools most relevant to architecture and landscape photography. Course is 100% digital (no darkroom or film techniques). Note: A DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements.
Filmmaking I
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: FMA 210 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 300 / MDIA 203 L Introduction to Video Production
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Fond. Zeffirelli, Piazza S.Firenze 5
Room: Aula 35
Description: What do you need to know and know how to do to make a film? What separates an amateur product from a compelling work of art? We cover the basics of individual shots, frame composition, elementary scripting, and editing. Students use personal devices (smartphones, basic photo/video cameras, etc.) and familiarize themselves with more professional videomaking tools, develop creative projects, test their visual storytelling capabilities, and produce a short digital film by course’s end. Combines hands-on activities with classroom analysis, discussions of cinematic language, and an exploration of the medium’s recent evolution (e.g. the YouTube galaxy, on-demand video services, new media devices and practices).
The Animated Short Film
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: FMA 212 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 209 N The Animated Short Film
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Eschini
Description: How to use digital media tools to design and create a brief animated story and turn it into a film. We cover every step of the creative process, from hand-drawn sketches of the characters and backgrounds, the creation of model sheets, storyboards, and digital animatics, to the final short film with music and sound. Students receive close, constant supervision, but they are also encouraged to explore and develop each stage of the procedure for themselves, learning through experience and letting their creativity guide them. No prior drawing or animation experience required.
Screenwriting I
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: FMA 242 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 321 L Screenwriting
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: What’s in a screenplay? More than you might think. Its unique nature demands a specific architecture that distinguishes it from other types of writing. We examine the basic principles of screenwriting through lectures, workshop discussions and scene-writing exercises. Topics include theories of screenwriting, structure and development (scenes, sequences, acts), style, format, writing with images, plot analysis, and character construction. Students then develop a subject of their choice into a roughly 20-page screenplay, inspired by their experiences in Italy, a story, or another source. Their original concept is articulated first into a coherent outline (a detailed summary of the scenes and main events), then transformed into a solid, formal screenplay based on a three-act structure.
Music and Film
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: FMA 276 F
Dual Listing: PER 276 F
Marist Code/Title: MUS 248 L History of Motion Picture Music
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: An introduction to the role of music in one of the 20th century’s defining art forms: film. We explore film music from its silent-era origins, when music was critical to conveying a story’s emotions and meaning, through to the present day. How does music function as a source of drama and emphasis in a film’s plot? How has musical iconography been codified in various film genres? Key topics include an overview of film history, musical forms, the concept of associative listening, and major film music techniques and how composers use them in scoring. We also analyze some of movie history’s most iconic soundtracks by such composers as Morricone, Williams, Rota, Horner, and many others, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, James Cameron and Wes Anderson, and discuss what makes these scores so effective.
Dante’s Quest for Love—from the Divine Comedy to Contemporary Culture and Media
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation
Course code: FMA 288 F
Dual Listing: LIT 288 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 281 L Dante's Quest for Love
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Fond. Zeffirelli, Piazza S.Firenze 5
Room: Aula 4
Description: “Therefore I pray you, gentle father dear, to teach me what love is.” Dante’s plea to Vergil in the Divine Comedy engaged some of the brightest minds in late medieval Europe: natural philosophers, theologians, poets. And the Florentine poet’s spiritual and sentimental journey has never ceased to inspire his fellow artists. We begin by examining the Comedy’s classical sources (particularly Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Art of Love, and Remedies of Love) and Andreas Capellanus’s bestselling twelfth-century ‘love manual.’ Then we dive into Dante’s magnum opus itself, familiarizing ourselves with the most significant characters and passages throughout the text. Finally, we explore how this medieval masterpiece has inspired a whole series of works in the figurative arts, music, TV, and film.
Principles of Drawing and Composition
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 130 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 110 N Basic Drawing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Pontormo
Description: The essential techniques and concepts for drawing figures and objects and arranging them in relation to one another. We introduce the fundamentals of drawing with charcoal, pencil, red chalk, and a variety of other media. Each session aims to transmit a core concept and skills which are then consolidated through observation and practical exercises. Our subjects of interest include still lives, the human figure, architecture, and landscapes, which we analyze in depth from both a technical and compositional standpoint. Abundant inspiration and material for analysis are provided by the exceptional works of art, architecture and landscapes of our host city. Students consolidate their abilities in a variety of genres and media, and acquire a better theoretical understanding, a key to future studies.
Foundation Oil Painting
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 140 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 111 N Basic Painting
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Peggy G.
Description: Highly-structured class sessions, complete with demonstrations and guided exercises, gradually familiarize students with the fundamental skills and techniques of this medium. We focus on developing observational skills, the perception and creation of form, tone and color on two-dimensional surfaces, color theory and mixing, linear perspective, and effective composition. Our main genre will be the still life, but the host city itself provides a range of exceptional works of art and architecture that we look to for inspiration and analyze as a way of enhancing our own knowledge and abilities. Prior studio training not required; non-majors are admitted.
Expanding Creativity
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 150 F
Dual Listing: PER 150 F SCU 150 F PHO 150 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Digital Sketchbook
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: Drawing and Photoshop experience recommended.
Notes: material costs apply.
Course code: PDM 165 F
Dual Listing: GRA 165 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 130 N Digital Sketchbook
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Truman
Description: Expand your artistic portfolio by combining traditional and digital media. In drawing sessions in the historic center of Florence, we explore fundamental drawing concepts and techniques: creating three-dimensional space through the use of linear perspective and construction of complex forms using simple volumes, drawing the sculpted and live human figure, and creating balanced and interesting compositions. Then we discuss how to create drawings suitable for digitalization. In the lab sessions, students learn to scan selected drawings and paint them with Photoshop, accumulating know-how crucial for both traditional and digital painting. Exercises include creating multiple versions of a single painting, painting a set of images with gouache, and developing and modifying traditional paintings using Photoshop.
Fundamentals of Art and Design: Color Theory
WED 9:00 AM-10:40 AM / 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 190 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 101 L Fundamentals of Art and Design
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: Colors matter. We analyze them from a theoretical standpoint, exploring how to use both harmonies and contrasts effectively. Topics include color purity, light-dark (chiaroscuro) and hot-cold color contrasts, complementary colors, simultaneous contrast, quality and quantity contrast. What is the relationship between form and color? How does color influence space, composition, perception and chromatic balance (the illusion of color)? Students grasp the expressive force of color as an essential element of the creative process, develop their eye through experience and trial and error, and use various color theory criteria to understand the effects of choosing a certain color or color combination in practical exercises involving landscapes and the wonders of Florence’s artistic heritage.
Intermediate Drawing
THU 9:00 AM-10:40 AM / 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 130 Principles of Drawing and Composition, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply
Course code: PDM 260 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 300 N Intermediate Analytical Figure and Object Drawing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Pontormo
Description: An opportunity for students to build on and refine their abilities to draw both objects and the human figure. We focus on the structure and anatomy of the human body, the relationship between individual elements in a composition, and the effective positioning of figures in space, allowing students to hone their perceptive abilities and more incisively transfer their ideas and observations to the page. Students also have the chance to explore and familiarize themselves with a variety of drawing techniques and media (charcoal, pencils, red chalk, ink). Naturally, Florence’s exceptional artistic heritage provides the backdrop to our artistic efforts, offering countless subjects and sources of inspiration.
Intermediate Painting
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 140 Foundation Oil Painting, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply
Course code: PDM 270 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 202 N Intermediate Painting
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: In this follow-up to the beginning-level course, we guide students toward a deeper knowledge of and confidence in oil painting theory and practice. Focuses include the human figure as well as object painting, and the exploration of various approaches to painting from life. Covers the most important oil painting techniques to provide students with a solid foundation for taking on more ambitious work: color mixing, command of brush strokes, glazing and scumbling, as well as traditional canvas preparation. The rich artistic heritage of Florence or Tuscania provides the backdrop to our artistic efforts, offering countless subjects and material to explore and analyze.
Advanced Drawing I: Observation and Interpretation
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 260 Intermediate Drawing, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply
Course code: PDM 340 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 310 N Drawing III: Advanced Pro
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: The space for consolidating the knowledge and practice of the principal drawing techniques (charcoal, pencil, red chalk, ink) and experimenting with diverse color solutions, including pastels and mixed media. We elaborate further on the concepts and techniques discussed in previous courses to equip students to grapple with more ambitious projects. This includes moving gradually away from direct observation and toward more personal ideas and concepts that express students’ own artistic voice. Includes projects and highly structured exercises, and is designed for students with a mature understanding and experience of figure and object drawing. The city and art of Florence provide us with countless subjects for analysis and inspiration.
Advanced Painting I: Observation and Interpretation
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 270 Intermediate Painting, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply
Course code: PDM 350 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 301 N Advanced Painting I
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: We advance students’ knowledge and practice of oil painting through figurative and/or object work, with the aim of enhancing the quality of work and achieving a mastery of the subtleties of the medium. Other painting techniques, such as the use of acrylics, will also be explored and experimented. The idea is to move gradually away from direct observation and toward more spontaneous, individual means of expressing ideas and concepts. Exercises and projects focus on consolidating skills related to color, composition, and technical experimentation such as glazing, impasto, and other painting media. Florence’s rich artistic heritage provides ample material for analysis and inspiration.
Major Project in Fine Arts
THU 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Fine Arts majors of senior standing
Course code: PDM 420 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 490 N Special Topics : Project in Fine Arts
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: The conception, development, research, and execution of an individual or group project with instructor guidance and supervision. Completed works will be exhibited as part of the end-of-year art show. Emphasizes independent learning and developing the skills and mentality associated with it, including the capacity to reflect critically on our own artistic production. Course is roughly divided into 2 parts: research and experimentation, followed by production and exhibition.
Introduction to Ballet
TUE 12:00 NOON-1:10 PM / THU 12:00 NOON-1:10 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course. Material costs apply.
Course code: PER 143 F
Marist Code/Title: PHED 143 N Introduction to Ballet
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Caravaggio
Description: Ballet from the ground up: correct posture and body control, basic feet and arm positioning, and preparation with both floor exercises and the barre. Exercises aim to mold the dancer’s body into a beautiful, graceful form, transforming it into a tool for giving voice to creative expression.
Expanding Creativity
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PER 150 F
Dual Listing: PDM 150 F PHO 150 F SCU 150 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Acting Dante's Inferno
WED 9:00 AM-10:40 AM / 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation
Course code: PER 206 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 107 L Acting Dante's Inferno
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Fond. Zeffirelli, Piazza S.Firenze 5
Room: Aula 4
Description: An “infernal” acting experience à la Dan Brown. This unique approach explores the roots of the Italian culture and language as represented by the work of Dante Alighieri, and particularly his Divine Comedy. Classes are divided into two parts: the first hour is devoted to preparatory exercises to develop on-stage awareness, theatrical discipline, and group cohesion; then we study passages (in Italian) from cantos V, XXVI and XXXIII of Dante’s Inferno (the Paolo and Francesca, Ulysses, and Count Ugolino episodes), learning to comprehend and transmit the semantic and evocative power of Dante’s language and imagery. At course’s end, students perform extracts from these cantos, in the form of “living pictures,” in the “Inferno Room” at the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation’s museum.
Music and Film
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PER 276 F
Dual Listing: FMA 276 F
Marist Code/Title: MUS 248 L History of Motion Picture Music
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: An introduction to the role of music in one of the 20th century’s defining art forms: film. We explore film music from its silent-era origins, when music was critical to conveying a story’s emotions and meaning, through to the present day. How does music function as a source of drama and emphasis in a film’s plot? How has musical iconography been codified in various film genres? Key topics include an overview of film history, musical forms, the concept of associative listening, and major film music techniques and how composers use them in scoring. We also analyze some of movie history’s most iconic soundtracks by such composers as Morricone, Williams, Rota, Horner, and many others, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, James Cameron and Wes Anderson, and discuss what makes these scores so effective.
Exploring Opera and Music Theatre
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PER 294 F
Marist Code/Title: MUS 335 L Opera
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Fond. Zeffirelli, Piazza S.Firenze 5
Room: Aula 2
Description: We dive into the world of musical theater, and where better than in Florence, the birthplace of opera. Since antiquity, music and drama have been intertwined, influencing and contaminating one another reciprocally. We trace the intersections of these two art forms and explore how they have combined to express fundamental aspects of human culture. While one of our main focuses is on the history and performance of Italian opera, our scope also broadens to embrace a range of sources, styles and cultures, from ancient Greek tragedy and comedy to Broadway musicals and rock operas, underlining the variety within the universe of musical drama. Includes live musical demonstrations, performance-related workshops, a live opera, and a visit to a local theater to explore its architecture, acoustics and backstage areas.
Introduction to Classic Photography
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: SLR film camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 120 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 145 N Introduction to Classic Photography
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Avedon
Description: How does an analog camera actually work? What do you need to know to develop and print traditional, black-and-white film? We explore the essential concepts and techniques for using the photographic medium with confidence and in a creative, expressive way. Students will develop a working vocabulary of basic photography, allowing them to interface effectively with the technical aspects of all types of cameras. We cover all basic black-and-white printing and some digital post-production techniques. In the final part of the course, students implement their greater technical know-how and more critical eye into developing an individual project. Course is 80% film and darkroom, 20% digital. Note: Each student must have an SLR film camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Introduction to Digital Photography
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 130 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 320 N : Digital Photography
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Avedon
Description: Get to know the functions and potential of a digital camera. We explore the history and aesthetics of photography to help students express themselves photographically in a more conscious, creative manner. Topics include focal length, aperture, shutter speed, composition, and light quality, along with techniques specific to digital capture and the manipulation of images. Familiarization with Photoshop software for processing and printing photographic images. Specific assignments are designed to consolidate knowledge of specific digital techniques, giving students increased technical control of the medium and helping them develop a more critical eye. In Florence, the course is 80% digital, 20% film and darkroom with some basic black and white developing and printing techniques. In Tuscania, it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Expanding Creativity
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PHO 150 F
Dual Listing: PER 150 F PDM 150 F SCU 150 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Principles of Fashion Photography
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. Lab fee required
Course code: PHO 185 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 103 N Princ. Of Fashion Photography
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Avedon
Description: The fundamental concepts and techniques of photography, with a focus on its uses and applications in the fashion sector. We explore the history, aesthetics, and technology of photography and its essential role both on and off the catwalk. From a technical standpoint, our focuses include lighting, settings, locations, use of flash units, portable and studio units, and light metering. Students also familiarize themselves with classic B&W photography skills and digital know-how that are specifically useful in fashion, emphasizing digital photography color with Camera Raw and Photoshop. Includes studio and on-location shooting with live models, and possible collaborations with the Fashion Department for developing realistic fashion-based projects. Course is 70% digital, 30% film and darkroom. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Fundamentals of Food Design, Styling, and Photography
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. Lab fee required
Course code: PHO 234 F
Dual Listing: IGC 234 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 234 L Fundamentals of Food Design, Styling and Photography
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Avedon
Description: Presentation, not just preparation, is key to a memorable culinary experience. We examine how food and beverages can be styled, capturing their essence in photography through accomplished technical and compositional control that also allow students to develop their creativity in a field with concrete practical applications. In the lab we process, develop, and print photographs, learning to use the Photoshop tools particularly useful in food photography. Focuses on lighting techniques, how to compose and create appealing settings, and the art of visual storytelling. Students also receive a firm grounding in the key theoretical elements of food design, involving visual and stylistic analysis. With guest lecturers (including a professional food stylist and a chef) and field trips to a selected restaurant and other culinary venues. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Basic Printmaking
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: lab fee required
Course code: PRI 120 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 207 N : Basic Printmaking
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Printmaking
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Printmaking
Description: An introduction to the techniques of black-and-white printmaking: etchings (hard and soft ground, aquatint, sugar lift, dry point, pastel, spit bite and mixed media), woodcuts, and linoleum cuts. We explore and implement the art and techniques of designing on and printing from metal plates, wood panels, linoleum and other matrices. What is the history of this unique form of visual communication, both in Italy and in the rest of Europe since the Renaissance? What role did prints play in the social, political and intellectual history of Europe? We analyze works in these media by Mantegna, Pollaiuolo, Parmigianino, Rembrandt, and Goya, as well as more modern artists such as De Chirico, Carrà, Picasso, Munch and Seurat.
Fresco Painting and Restoration I
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: lab fee required
Course code: RES 160 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 180 N Fresco Painting and Restoration I
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Restoration Lab 1
Description: The correct restoration of frescoes and other types of wall painting requires an in-depth knowledge of how they were painted. We explore every phase of the art of traditional fresco painting: starting with an enlargement of an Old Master preparatory drawing (of the student’s choice), we learn to mix the appropriate plaster base and a correct use of pigments to paint on the still-wet intonaco. Students prepare the preliminary drawing for a fresco painting (sinopia), then complete their own small fresco that will be detached (strappo) and used in a conservation exercise. We also study and create a wall decoration in the graffito style, as seen on many Florentine buildings.
Painting Conservation I
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: lab fee required
Course code: RES 175 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 190 N Painting Conservation I
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Restoration Lab 1
Description: An introduction to the conservation of wood and canvas paintings. We explore methodologies, techniques and materials. Students benefit from close guidance at every step of the process: the proper handling of works of art in a precarious state of conservation and the analysis of their material composition, how they were made, and what interventions they require for conservation. We gain practical experience working on panels where we experiment and learn infilling and basic chromatic selection techniques. Students also have the opportunity to participate in work on original pieces present in the Restoration Lab.
Drawing for Conservators
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: RES 185 F
Marist Code/Title: CONV 110 N Drawing for Conservators
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Pontormo
Description: Introduces the historical evolution of drawing techniques. The concepts and methods for developing students’ eye for proportion, measurement techniques, and composition are practiced by accurately copying old master's drawings. We explore techniques for drawing the full human figure as well as anatomical sections (hands, head, feet), the relationship of figures to space, uncommon perspectives such as foreshortening, focus and detail, and the tratteggio shading technique, often used to achieve a chiaroscuro effect. Targeted exercises strengthen manual dexterity and technical drawing ability. Final grades are based on proficiency in specific Renaissance-era drawing techniques, and a portfolio of anatomical drawings and portions of copies done with tratteggio.
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: RES 193 F
Dual Listing: ANC 193 F ANT 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Restoration
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Theory of Conservation
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM