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Semester/Year STUDY ABROAD Program

Academic Program Tracks and Courses

Over our 47 year history, Temple Rome has maintained a strong academic and cultural program that takes advantage of the splendid resources Rome and Italy have to offer, both historical and contemporary.

All courses are specially designed to enhance your understanding of your new surroundings. Many allow you to bring context and life to your studies through frequent on-site instruction within Rome and excursions to other cities, and by incorporating guest speakers and critics into the curriculum. Whether you’re studying architecture, international business, liberal arts, or visual arts, our professors are committed to ensuring that you will step out of the classroom each day with new tools for understanding and exploring your environment.

Temple Rome offers four distinct academic tracks (architecture/landscape architecture; international business; liberal arts and Italian studies; and visual arts) are described below. You will apply to one program track depending on the set of courses you wish to take. You are not restricted to courses within that track, however; please see each track description for details.

All participants must undertake a full-time course load of 12 to 17 semester credit hours. Except for Italian language and literature courses, all instruction is in English. All program tracks are open to students with no prior background of Italian. If you have not completed at least one semester of college-level Italian, you will take introductory Italian (Italian 1001) at Temple Rome.


Course offerings vary from year to year depending upon the faculty members assigned to teach at Temple Rome. The courses that follow are representative of the range of courses taught over a typical academic year. A final course list and schedule is made available to participating students following program acceptance; students register for courses prior to departure for Rome. Please not that students enrolling in courses involving field trips and/or studio facilities are assessed excursion and/or lab fees.


Temple University students who succesfully complete the Temple Rome program automatically satisfy the World Society requirememnt of GenEd.


Please refer to Application Procedures for further instructions on the application process and individual program track requirements.

Click the appropriate link below to view more information about a specific program track and courses offered.




The incredibly rich architectural heritage of Rome – ancient, Renaissance,
baroque, and contemporary – provides the focus for the joint Architecture/
Landscape Architecture curriculum.

Key Features


  • Students enroll in 12-17 credits total
  • A six-credit design studio course is the academic cornerstone of the Architecture Track, which includes site visits throughout Rome and guest critiques by visiting Italian architects.
  • A three-credit seminar course focuses on the study of urban systems and forms that have marked the development of Roman and Italian architecture from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century and that have influenced the development of the western city. Note: Students who wish to enroll in the three-credit seminar, but not the design studio, should apply to the Liberal Arts Track.
  • You will take your other course(s) from the Liberal Arts and Visual Arts* tracks; disciplines popular with architecture students include art, art history, geography and urban studies, and Italian language.

A modern architecture studio offers individual workspaces and inspiring views.

Architecture Application Notes

With a structured curriculum, architecture students often ask when they should attend Temple Rome. Below is a guide, but please contact Education Abroad if you have questions about the appropriate term for you.

  • Students who wish to enroll in the six-credit design studio course must
    apply to Architecture Track.
  • As part of the application, all applicants must submit a portfolio (details available in Application Procedures section).
  • Admission is competitive and subject to the availability of studio space.
  • Architecture/landscape Architecture students must submit as part of the application a portfolio of ten to fifteen 8 1/2" x 11" color copies of studio work from several semesters, including their most recent work. Submission guidelines are provided within the online application system.

*All students may register for up to six credits of introductory-level studio art classes. Placement in advanced visual arts courses is limited to students accepted into the Visual Arts Track.


Student Background Term to Study Abroad at Temple Rome
Temple undergraduate architecture majors Spring semester of third year or fall semester of fourth year
Temple graduate architecture majors Spring semester of first or second year
Temple landscape architecture majors Fall semester of senior year
Temple undergraduate architectural preservation and Facilities management majors Spring semester of third year. Eligible to
take seminar course (Architecture 3241) only.
Interested students should apply to the
Liberal Arts Track.
Non-Temple architecture/landscape architecture majors Consult with your home university to
determine the appropriate semester to
study abroad.
Qualified non-architecture majors, including visual arts and design majors Consult with Education Abroad. Eligible to take seminar course (Architecture 3241) only.
Interested students should apply to the Liberal Arts track.



Architecture 3234/5234 | Design Studio in Rome (6 credits) Fall/Spring semester

Prerequisite: Students must be accepted into the Rome Architecture program track. Focus on understanding problems of today's design in the historical urban context. The relation between old and new is examined in projects of architectural elements and small public buildings located in the historical center of Rome. The goals of the course are progressively: a) to orient students in a (partial) synthesis of the huge visual material of study that a city like Rome offers; b) to promote research on today's attitude towards historical heritage of forms in the city, as they are the roots of our individual and social cultural identity. The courses are run in a studio format that meets two times a week. During the semester, students are asked to develop two five-week main projects after a single-week sketch project. Each design problem is introduced by a lecture and discussion; a reading list and case study examples are provided. Every stage of the design process will be discussed in individual and class critiques.


Architecture 3241/8241 | Seminar: Analysis of Urban Structures (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester                      
This seminar, with weekly in-class and on-site lectures is based on a theoretical and analytical approach to the understanding of urban structures, systems, and forms that have marked major developments in Roman and Italian architecture from the 15th through to the early 20th century, and that are now a reference point in every Western city. We will follow the continuity of urban structures that emerged in Roman antiquity, transformed by the Renaissance and Baroque, and that continued to influence urban space well into the early 20th century. Within this framing, we will discuss and analyze building and urban typologies; piazza, palazzo, villa, garden, and recurring themes of public and private spaces, city dwelling and country villa, landscape, the role of water on shaping urban landscapes, cultural models and making of a city. The course is intended as a theoretical and analytical complement to the architecture design studio in Rome, Arch 3234/8234 and fulfills the requirements of Arch 8132. 





Temple Rome offers you the opportunity to study international business and economics in a major European capital. Through coursework and interactions with faculty and business leaders, you will critically examine financial systems and business practices within Italy and throughout Europe, thereby gaining a more nuanced perspective of the global market.

Key Features

  • Students generally enroll in two to three business courses, Italian language, and a course from the Liberal Arts or Visual Arts* Track for a total of 12-17 undergraduate credits per semester.
  • Fall semester courses are available in marketing and international business.
  • Spring semester courses are available in management and international business.
  • An economics course is available in fall and spring semesters (offered within the Liberal Arts Track).
  • Guest speakers from Italian businesses and academic communities address  students during the semester.
  • Academic excursions within Italy and to Brussels and London are an integral part of some courses.

International Business Application Notes

  • Students who wish to enroll in any business courses must apply to the International Business Track.
  • Most business courses assume students have, at minimum, an introductory-level background in the area of study (see course descriptions below for specific pre-requisites).

*All students may register for up to six credits of introductory-level studio art classes. Placement in advanced visual arts courses is limited to students accepted into the Visual Arts Track.


International Business 2503 | Business in the European Union (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Prerequisite: Introductory Economics course.
This course focuses on the changing business climate in Europe brought about by economic reforms leading to the European unified market known as the European Union. The challenges facing European and other firms in developing business programs and organizations adapted to the specific needs of the European Union are discussed. In-depth cases and recent articles in the business press serve as the bases of many class discussions. A key component of the course is a three-day excursion to Brussels to meet with top officials of the European Union, as well as with NATO officers dealing with the economic issues of the defense alliance.

International Business 3101 | Fundamentals of International Business (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Prerequisite: Introductory Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. Temple University students must have also completed Introductory Human Resource Management and Introductory Marketing.

This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts and practices in international business. Topics to be covered include the economic, social, cultural, legal, and political environments of international trade and multinational corporations (MNCs); international institutions and agencies that impact international business; the nature and characteristics of international business; strategy and structure of MNCs; problems of foreign direct investments; conflicts between host countries and MNCs; and effects of MNCs on the economy.

International Business 3585 | International Business Internship (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
The objective of this course is to enable students to gain practical professional experience with a company or government agency on a project relevant to their academic program. Such observation and interaction allows students to apply their theory and coursework in a practical setting, while providing insights on professions within the field of international business. See Internships.

International Business 3596 | Global Strategic Management (3 credits) Spring semester

Prerequisite: Introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics. All Temple University students must have also completed International Business 3101.

This is a writing-intensive course designed to teach students about the aspects of writing that are specific to the discipline. The course provides an overview of external political, cultural and economic forces operating in the practice of management in multinational firms. The internal management of the enterprise is examined and helps students understand both the functional areas and overall management of the firm. Special objectives are to increase students’ awareness of cultural differences across countries through firsthand experience, to familiarize students with management practices in other countries, and to explore the implications for successful promotion management outside the U.S. The course includes guest lectures by U.S. managers residing in Italy, Italian managers and foreign diplomats.


Marketing 3553 | International Marketing (3 credits) Fall semester
Prerequisite: Introductory Macroeconomics and Marketing, with Introductory Microeconomics strongly recommended.
This course aims to provide an overview of the external political, cultural, financial and other environmental forces that influence marketing management in multinational enterprises. The objective is to explore all global marketing issues to see how they affect the decision-making processes of the global firm and especially of those operating in Europe. The course also envisions outside guest speakers managing international companies based in Italy.

Related Offering

Economics 3563 | International Trade (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

See the Liberal Arts section for course description.




Liberal Arts courses take advantage of the wonderful cultural resources of Italy. You will be immersed in an academic experience that makes the most of Rome as a crossroads of historic and contemporary issues.

Key Features

  • Choose from a broad range of undergraduate courses in anthropology, art history, classics, economics, English, geography and urban studies, history, Italian language, literature, political science, religion, sociology and visual arts*.
  • Students enroll in four or five courses per semester, for a total of 12-17 credits.
  • Many courses include frequent on-site instruction in and around Rome.
  • Select courses offer academic excursions to such cities as Florence, Milan, Naples, Siena, and Pompeii.

*All students may register for up to six credits of introductory-level studio art classes. Placement in advanced visual arts courses is limited to students accepted into the Visual Arts Track.



Anthropology 2227 | Popular Culture in Modern Italy (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
The course explores popular culture in Italy, starting from the Italian historical awareness of popular culture which emerged in the 19th century foundation of the nation, up to the present day. The course focuses especially on popular culture in the 20th century, using a variety of approaches, from lectures to readings, from the screening of video material to the study of audio recordings. By the end of the course, students will have attained a significant understanding of the variety of popular culture in modern Italy, as well as having mastered an analytical framework for understanding these phenomena. The course carries up to contemporary times with an exploration of the impact global trends have had on popular culture, making particular reference to contemporary popular music. Geography and Urban Studies 3000 and Anthropology 2227 are cross-listed..

Art History 0813 | History of Art in Rome (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Cross-listed with Art History 1003. For Temple students this is an Arts GenEd course. For Temple students only. Non-Temple students interested in taking this course will register for Art History 1003 (see below).
Weekly class lectures and on-site visits provide a survey of Roman art from the Etruscan through the Baroque periods, from the founding of the ancient city in the 8th century B.C. to circa 1700. Students study each period’s art and architecture and define its place within the general context of Roman civilization. Rome’s position as both capital of the ancient empire and of the Western Latin Church has earned her the well-recognized sobriquet, Eternal City. Consequently, students confront how the “idea” of Rome had bearing upon the formation of its art and architecture within the chronological context. The course as a whole can be considered an introduction to art history in the field, as each week the class visits an historical site or museum in order to reconstruct through living examples the artistic fabric of the city.

Art History 1003 | History of Art in Rome (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Cross-listed with Art History 0813. For Non-Temple students only. Temple students interested in taking this course will register for Art History 0813 (see above). See Art History 0813 for course description.

Art History 1148 | International Cinema: Italian Culture through Film (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

A study of the characteristics of Italian Contemporary Culture through the viewing of emblematic films such as The Bicycle Thief, Roma Città Aperta, La Dolce Vita, C’eravamo tanto amati, Night of the Shooting Stars, Christ Stopped at Eboli, The Garden of Fizzi-Contini, Cinema Paradiso, Caro Diario, and others. Several topics pertaining to historical, social and economic developments of contemporary Italy are discussed, such as fascism, the power and influence of the Catholic Church, attitudes towards women, political instability, rural poverty, the uneasy relationship between north and south, organized crime and the mafia, mass media and communication. In addition to the discussion of cultural topics, the analysis of film dialogues also enhances the Student’s linguistic proficiency in Italian. This course is taught in English. Cross-listed with English 2712, Italian 3240 and Italian 4240

Art History 2110 | Topics in Ancient Art: Museum History and Theory in Rome (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
In the past two decades, the emerging field of museum history has received a great deal of attention spanning many disciplines, including art history, anthropology, architecture, cultural studies, history, and communications. This course will focus on the history of museums in Rome, arguably the birthplace of the modern art museum. In Rome, the idea of turning private collections into what are today public museums was formulated as early as the fifteenth century; the Capitoline Museums include one of the oldest civic collections in Europe. The great eighteenth century palace collections and exhibition spaces of the Villa Borghese and Doria Pamphili Gallery are among the most influential in the world. Rome's cultural landscape, itself a kind of public museum, was a locus for the eighteenth-century Grand Tour.  With weekly visits to these sites and other ancient Roman ruins, monuments, churches, palaces, and villas, illuminated by selected readings and class discussion, we will consider the evolution of museums over time and how certain collections, galleries, and exhibition spaces have contributed to the image and ideology of Rome as the seat of Western civilization. Cross-listed with History 2400.

Art History 2135 | Art and Culture of Rome (4 credits) Fall semester
This course offers an outline of the origins and development of Italic and Roman art between the 8th century B.C. and the 4th century A.D. Special attention is paid to these cultures that influenced the formation of Roman art: the Greeks in southern Italy, the Etruscans in Tuscany and Latium. The course deals with architecture (and urban design), sculpture, painting, and mosaics. To complete the picture of Roman art, a survey is also given of Roman art in the provinces of the Empire. Lectures in the classroom provide the necessary art historical background (with slides). These are then further analyzed on site at the monuments themselves and in the museums.

Art History 2215 | Late Antique/ Byzantine Art (4 credits) Spring semester
Weekly class lectures and on-site visits examine the period from the Severan Dynasty (192-235) to the pontificate of Gregory the Great (590-604). After having determined the contents of late-antique and byzantine art, we follow the artistic evolution of Roman art from the end of the 2nd century AD onwards and try to understand which changes took place in the appreciation of art up to the end of the 6th century AD. This is done through a survey of the architectural forms, sculpture (portraiture, historical relief, sarcophagi) and decorative systems (wall painting, mosaics) of that period. Special attention is drawn to the rise of Christianity and the origins of its art and to the influence of the byzantine world (Constantinople) on the art of the West. The lectures in the classroom provide the necessary historical background and the art-historical premises (illustrated with slides), which are applied to the lectures on site at the monuments and in the museums.

Art History 2300 | Special Topics: Inside Italian Design (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
What makes Italy the "hothouse" for international contemporary design? This interdisciplinary course begins with a brief survey of 20th century Italian design history as a basis for understanding the contemporary design environment today. Lectures on historical figures and important topics in the field of design will be coupled with weekly visits to studios, showrooms and museums. Firsthand experience through encounters with noted Italian design professionals is a core element of the course. An effort will be made to present the complete panorama of Italian design including product, lighting, exhibition, architecture, material design, and graphics. Research strategies and manufacturing concerns will also be discussed. This course includes an excursion to Milan, the design capital of the world. No prerequisite required, but recommended for students with strong interest in architecture, graphics and crafts.

Art History 2323 | Early Renaissance: Italy (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
This course is a survey of Italian painting and sculpture from the thirteenth through the early sixteenth centuries. An analysis of the "revival" of painting beginning in the Proto-Renaissance by Cimabue, Cavallini, Duccio and Giotto is followed by a study of significant artistic inventions in the Early Renaissance by Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Donatello (and others). The course concludes with the inception of the High Renaissance with works by Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael. The artistic culture in Rome and its relationship to Florence is examined. Slide lectures provide information for viewing original works of art in churches and museums on weekly on-site visits in Rome and on a three-day field trip.

Art History 2428 | High and Late Baroque Art in Rome (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
In the seventeenth century Rome became the center of baroque art and culture in Italy and Europe. Many of the most significant works of painting, sculpture and architecture from c.1580-c.1750 are viewed first-hand during weekly on-site visits in Rome. Special attention is given to works by Italian artists such as Annibale Carracci, Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Pietro da Cortona, Bernini and Borromini (among others). The cultural context of Rome and papal patronage is investigated. A two-day field trip to Naples provides students with the opportunity to visit the Capodimonte Museum and to explore baroque churches in the historic center, "Spaccanapoli." Course includes weekly class lectures and on-site visits


Art History 2600 | Topics in 20th Century Art: The Art of Facism in Rome (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester

The inter-war period of early twentieth century Italy witnessed the rise and fall of the Totalitarian regime of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who ruled from 1922 – 1943.  This was a particularly fervent period of Italian art and architecture, falling on the heels of the Neoclassical, Art Nouveau and Liberty Styles and witnessing the evolution of Futurism, Rationalism, and other Modern and Avant Garde artistic expressions.  Mussolini, to spread a unifying message of Fascism throughout Italy, understood the power of art and hired leading architects, painters, designers, and sculptors to create a compelling and powerful visual propaganda.  This course will focus on the art forms, architecture and urban topography that came to define the Italian Fascist period.  Using the unparalleled cultural landscape of Rome as a visual guide, we will visit the sports complex, university, world’s fair site, neighborhoods and piazze where the monumental stamp of Fascism remains and also consider the graphic arts and cinema that defined the period.  Addressing the cultural and social history surrounding the Art of Fascism, the class will study the use of archaeological practice by the Fascist regime, the relationship between Mussolini and Hitler and the period’s extensive urban planning in Rome.

Art History 2622 | Galleries and Studios of Rome (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
The course focuses on Rome as the catalyst for a study of the contemporary art system in the 21st century.Commonly known as the Eternal City because of the continuity of a long and rich classical history , Rome is becoming an ever more  international and multi-cultural Contemporary capital.  The course follows this development through visits to museums of contemporary art – MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of the City of Rome, MAXXI – Museum of Art and Architecture of the Twenty-First Century, and the most recent MAAM – Museum of Other and Elsewhere.  We explore art in the city center, in galleries and private art foundations, and art outside the city center, in artist studios and alternative spaces, and in the urban space.  We explore the outskirts of Rome where artists are taking studio space and creating site-specific projects. Topics of conversation include the mission of the contemporary art museum,  the role of the commercial art gallery, the studio art practice, graffiti and street art, art and new technologies, the art market.  Site visits are enriched by  encounters with artists, gallery directors, and other art professionals.  In-class lectures and discussions offer the background  to Italian contemporary art and to the art system in general. 

Art History 3301 | Michelangelo (4 credits) Select semesters
Prerequisite: Art history major or minor.
Profoundly impressive both for his technique and expressive content – emotional, dramatic, heroic, but always human – Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) continues to be a vital element in the history of art, as he was during the Renaissance. Weekly class lectures and on-site visits examine his drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture in the context of the art and patronage of his own time, starting with a study of Classical Roman Antiquity.  In-depth, direct viewing of his works such as the Pietà, Sistine Chapel, and Moses are matched by lectures and readings in class, and a trip to Florence offers further access to his oeuvre.  We seek to determine why, in the age of virtual reality, viewing him in the original is enduringly powerful and necessary for an understanding of the artist and his impact.


Art History 3324 | High Renaissance: Italy (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
The High Renaissance is recognized as the zenith in the universal history of the visual arts.  It takes place during the first three decades of the 16th century in Rome, which replaces Florence as the capital of the arts.  This course is then focused on the Rome of Julius II and of the Medici popes analyzing the great protagonists of that age: Leonardo, Raphael and especially Michelangelo, the creator of the "grande Maniera Moderna" (great Modern Manner).  This study also considers the artistic production of all Italy, including autonomous centers such as Venice and Florence, and spans the entire Cinquecento, a highly dramatic century out of whose ideas is founded the cultural structure of Modern Europe.  Weekly on-site visits in Rome, and a three-day excursion to Florence to visit the Uffizi Gallery and other sites.

Art History 4285 | Art History Internship (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
The objective of this course is to enable students to gain practical professional experience with a gallery, museum, or local artist on a project relevant to their academic program. Such observation and interaction allows students to apply their theory and coursework in a practical setting, while providing insights on professions within the field of art and art history. See Internships.


Economics 3563 | International Trade (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester Prerequisite: Introductory Macroeconomics and Microeconomics.

An examination of the basic theories of international trade, commercial policy and factor movements. Topics may include the relationship between trade and economic growth, global aspects of U.S. trade policy, international trade agreements and protectionism.


English 2000 | Special Topics: Projecting the Past (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

By viewing Rome through Hollywood and Italian cinema, this course traces the re-creation of ancient Rome in film, with its emperors, processions, chariot races and slaves. How accurate are the films about ancient Rome, and how powerful is the cinema as a learning tool? What are the messages in these films, and what purposes do they serve? The re-creation of ancient Rome in film addresses significant issues of contemporary culture, from national identity and politics, to questions of capitalism, religion and race. Through readings, careful analysis of films and class lectures, this course examines how cinematic traditions have interpreted, reinterpreted and misinterpreted the ancient past. Cross-listed with History 2411.


English 2712 | International Film: Italian Culture through Film (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

See Art History 1148 for course description.


English 3010 | Special Topics I: Romans and their Literature (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

The course offers a history of Latin literature and analyzes various aspects of Roman civilization as reflected in the works of the most important Roman writers. These aspects include: Roman theater (Plautus); Roman politics and the art of rhetoric (Cicero); art, poetry and imperial propaganda education (Virgil, Horace and Ovid); daily life in the metropolis called Rome (Juvenal, Martial). Further attention is paid to Rome's attitude towards Greek culture; the role of women in Roman society; education; eating and drinking in the Roman age. Finally the process of production, diffusion and transmission of ancient text is explained. Fragments of the works of Latin writers are read in translation. A fieldtrip to a historical library in Rome completes the class. GRC 3096 and English 3010 are cross-listed.


English 3111 | Italian Renaissance (3 credits) Fall semester

This course covers major writers and works of the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance: Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli and Ariosto. Focus is placed on the “rebirth” of classical values and ideas, and their new forms of expression, which became known as the Renaissance. Attention is given to such themes as the new concept of art and the new image of the artist through the study of Michelangelo’s poetry and Cellini’s autobiography, as well as the concept of a united Italy, idealized from Dante through Machiavelli, but never historically achieved.


Special Offering for Fall 2014 only

Film and Media Arts 3680 | Foreign Studies in Film and Media Arts: Rome Stories - Exploring Neighborhoods (3 credits)

See Geography and Urban Studies 3000 for course description.


Special Offering for Fall 2014 only

Geography and Urban Studies 3000 | Special Topics in Geography and Urban Studies: Rome Stories - Exploring Neighborhoods (3 credits)
Each of us has a story to tell, experiences to share, a way of looking at the world that is unique. With the urban landscape as a canvas and palette, Rome Stories will introduce students to the idea of situated storytelling. Students engage in field exercises that take them into the city to explore the urban landscape. The goal of the course is to offer various interpretations of the urban landscape using site-based art installations, basic mobile recording devices, blogs, and maps to produce stories that portray the city and its neighborhoods. The course explores the potential of mapping, walking and wayfinding as methods in urban social geography and as ways of telling stories of place. Student projects may explore concepts in a specific place, be installed on a particular site, or be made available through the internet or on a website. .


Special Offering for Fall 2014 only

Geography and Urban Studies 3001 | Images of the City in Popular Culture: Rome (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Two Social Science courses.
This course examines the representations of the city in popular culture, primarily visual culture. It is based on the idea that a student should be able to apply what s/he has learned from various texts about urban life while moving through the streets of Rome and other European cities. We will explore cities in general as well as images of specific cities, e.g. Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York. Students will be asked to take photos in response to prompts posted on Bb. We will post our responses on a blog or on Bb and discuss them in class. Since issues of difference-immigration, race/ethnicity, gender, social class are entangled with common perceptions of the city, we will consider them as critical in understanding city life. A large part of the course will focus on methods on visual analysis.


Geography and Urban Studies 3000 | Special Topics in Geography and Urban Studies: Popular Culture in Modern Italy (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

See Anthropology 2227 for course description.


Geography and Urban Studies 4000 | Special Topics in Geography and Urban Studies: A Sociological Examination of Postwar Italy (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
See Sociology 3230 for course description.


Greek and Roman Classics 3001 | Classical Greek and Roman Mythology (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

An overview of the major myths of Greek and Roman antiquity, including appropriate gods, heroes and heroines. This course examines the nature and social function of mythology, studying a number of different ancient and modern theories, which attempt to account for this seemingly universal phenomenon. Also considered is the legacy of classical mythology in modern art and literature, including popular culture. This course provides students with the tools to understand other myths, both ancient and modern.

Greek and Roman Classics 3002 | Ancient City: Augustan Rome (3 credits) Spring semester
The course is an introduction to the history of the Roman Empire from the origins of the city in the 8th century B.C. to the end of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 476. The historical reality is analyzed as broadly as possible, in its political, economic, cultural and social aspects. Attention is paid to the literary and archaeological evidence; ancient texts are read and Roman sites are visited. Special topics include the origins of Rome between fact and fiction; the Hellenization of Roman society; literature and the age of Augustus; and the “end” of the Roman Empire. A weekend excursion to Naples, Pompeii and Paestum is planned. Cross-listed with
History 3312.


Greek and Roman Classics 3096 | Romans and their Literature (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
The course analyzes various aspects of Roman civilization as reflected in the works of the most important Roman writers. Special topics include: education in ancient Rome; the role of women in Roman society; the Roman political system; Roman theater; art and taste through the Roman age; art, propaganda, and the Roman emperor; traveling in the Roman world. Excerpts are read from Plautus, Cicero, Horace, Virgil, Pliny the Younger, Martial, Juvenal, Quintilian, St. Augustine, etc. Class lectures are enhanced by several site visits in Rome to read. Cross-listed with English 3010.

History 2400 | Special Topics: Museum History and Theory in Rome (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
See Art History 2110 for course description.

History 2411 | Film in European History (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
See English 2000 for course description.

History 3312 | Roman History (3 credits) Spring semester
See Classics 3002 for course description for course description.

History 3351 | Rome and Italy: Renaissance to the Present (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

Italy from the Renaissance to the French Revolution is covered as part of the introduction. The main body of the course deals with the Risorgimento from Napoleonic invasions to the establishment of Rome as capital, liberalism and fascism. A special emphasis is placed on the “founding fathers” — Cavour, Mazzini, Garibaldi, on cultural and foreign policy, on the dictatorship of Mussolini and his partnership with Hitler, and on Italy’s liberation. Field trips, feature films and television material are used to integrate books and lectures.


Italian 1001 | Italian Language I (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Introduction to the use of Italian as a spoken language. Fundamentals of grammar. Basic patterns of oral communication and writing, acquisition of practical survival skills; simple graded readings.

Italian 1002 | Italian Language II( 4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Prerequisite: Italian 1001 or equivalent.
A continuation of Italian 1001. The basics already learned are practiced, and new patterns of oral communication and writing are introduced. Additional fundamentals of grammar; graded cultural readings

Italian 1003 | Italian Language III (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Prerequisite: Italian 1002 or equivalent.
A continuation of the activities designed to achieve communicative competence. Systematic review of material typically covered in first year Italian, and a study of more sophisticated structures and grammar. Emphasis on vocabulary building, on the practical uses of communicative patterns in speaking and writing, and on reading comprehension.

Italian 2001 | Intermediate Italian (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Prerequisite: Italian 1003 or equivalent.
Intensive work on skills required for speaking and writing Italian. Review of grammatical structures. Partial readings of Italian plays and the viewing of a performance at a Roman theater. Compositions based on readings from magazines and newspapers. 


Italian 2096 | Composition I: Italian Composition and Conversation (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Prerequisite: Italian 2001 or equivalent.
This course is designed to develop oral communication skills while refining the student’s ability to write correctly in Italian. Contemporary sources, including newspaper articles, films, television programs and songs, provide the bases for class discussions geared toward expanding vocabulary and reviewing grammar. Students become familiar with various styles and registers, and thereby learn to distinguish between spoken and written usage of the language. Topics of discussion reflect various aspects of modern Italy. Students are asked to express themselves in a variety of ways, including writing weekly compositions, summarizing articles and doing two oral presentations.

Italian 3201 | Italian Culture and Civilization (3 credits) Fall

Prerequisite: Italian 2001 or equivalent
This course is taught in Italian and explores the culture of Italy in its development from Fascism to the Present with the rise and fall of Mussolini and World War II, the Resistance, the economic boom, student’s and women’s revolutions, the years of terrorism, “La Milano da bere” of the 80’s,  and ends with current events. The course will reconstruct various aspects of Italian society using songs that mark – historically and culturally – each period of time. Students will attend a live performance in Rome and prepare a group project for Temple Jam Session.

Italian 3240 | Topics in Italian Cinema and Literature: Italian Culture through Film (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Taught in English. See Art History 1148 for course description.

Italian 4122 | Italian Theater and Performance (3 credits) Spring semester
Prerequisite: Italian 2096, 2041, 2501, or equivalent.

Reading and discussion of the works of major Italian playwrights from Machiavelli to Goldoni, Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo. All efforts are made to coordinate this course with the plays being performed in the theaters in Rome in any given spring session. Class discussions are conducted in Italian, and students are required to write a brief paper in Italian on each work studied.

Italian 4240 | Topics in Italian Cinema and Literature: Italian Culture through Film (4 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Prerequisite: Italian 2096, Italian 2041 or Italian 2501, or equivalent. See description for Art History 1148, but note that students who register for Italian 4240 have an additional contact hour per week.

See Art History 1148 for complete course description.Students who register for Italian 4240 are required to complete written assignments and exams in Italian, read from original texts, and communicate with the instructor in Italian. This option, for which a fourth credit hour is given, is for students taking the course for the Italian major or minor, or for those students who want to work in Italian. AH 1148, English 2712, Italian 3240, and Italian 4240 are cross-listed.


Latin 3002 | Readings in Latin Literature: Ovid in Rome (3 credits) Select semesters

Prerequisite: Latin 2002 or equivalent, or permission from instructor.
This course is an introduction to the poetry of Ovid. Students concentrate primarily on selected myths from the Metamorphoses and also read short excerpts from the
, the Ars Amatoria, and from Ovid’s exile poetry. Visits to Roman monuments mentioned by Ovid and to museums containing works of art inspired by his poetry are also included. Class discussions are in English, with daily translation exercises from Latin to English. Readings are in Latin.

Political Science 2211 | Contemporary Politics in Europe (3 credits) Fall/Spring semesters
An introductory overview of the main issues facing the largest EU member states and their political systems with emphasis on the various paths followed in the past century, political parties, electoral systems, local government, and domestic and foreign policies. This latter aspect is developed to include an outline of EU enlargement and neighborliness strategies, relations with Russia, regional and global security problems, as well as the transatlantic and European debates on terrorism and war.

Special offering for Spring 2015 only

Religion 2003 | Religion and the Arts: The Virgin Mary in Rome and Constantinople (3 credits)
This course is an intensive, creative study of how the Virgin Mary came to be regarded as protector and defender of both Rome and Constantinople and how both cities chose to her in all sorts of artistic media from the 5th through 10th centuries. The class will explore the Christianity's theological basis for honoring Mary as the Mother of God, the philosophy/theology of aesthetics behind various depictions, what the varieties of artistic depictions conveyed theologically, and how the churches dedicated to her functioned for both the laity and the ecclesiastical hierarchy.

Special offering for Spring 2015 only

Religion 3501 | History of Christianity I (3 credits)
This semester-long course will cover the beginnings of Christianity from its beginnings in the first century and finish in the 6th century. We will take geographical, theological, cultural, and institutional approaches to the study of the history of Christianity through the rich historical, archeological, and institutional artifacts extant in the city of Rome. This will include various churches, the catacombs, manuscripts in the Vatican library, and of course churches and monasteries. The course will explore the issues of the formation of the New Testament, heresies and doctrines, asceticism and monasticism, and the differences political power had on various Christian groups.

Sociology 3230 | Selected Topics: A Sociological Examination of Postwar Italy
(3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
The course provides a survey of Italian society today, starting with Italy's geography and the historical forces that shaped the nation. It discusses the tension between the north and south, and such broad features of Italian social life as community structure, urban development, and family forms. It then reviews selected institutional issues, such as gender, the system of education, problems of criminality and justice, economic reform, social class, religion and politics. Cross-listed with Geography and Urban Studies 4000.





Rome provides an incomparable location for engaging in visual arts, and Temple Rome offers exceptional facilities, instructors, and resources for art students. For Temple students, the program is an integral part of the Tyler School of Art BFA and BA degrees. Students enrolled in art programs at other universities are welcome to apply.

Key Features

  • Courses are offered in photography, printmaking, painting,
    drawing, sculpture, and digital photography.
  • You may complement your visual art courses with art history, Italian language, and a broad range of other disciplines offered within the Liberal Arts Track.
  • Visual Arts students enroll in four or five courses per semester, for a total of 12 to 17 credits.
  • Studio space and specialized equipment are available to students outside of scheduled class time.
  • Printmaking equipment is available for work in etching, silkscreen, and stone lithography.
  • Sculpture facilities include a wood shop and equipment for work in other media including figure sculpture.
  • The photography area includes a digital lab and a darkroom for black and white prints.
  • The Temple Rome Gallery of Art showcases work of students, faculty and Italian artists.

Undergraduate Visual Arts Application Notes

  • Applicants interested in art courses with prerequisites must have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours, or the equivalent, in studio art courses by the program start date.
  • Non-Temple applicants are asked to submit a portfolio at the time of application to determine eligibility for the Visual Arts Track and for courses with pre-requisites (details available below).

See photos of program participants and their work on the ArtRome Facebook page, created by painting and drawing professor, Susan Moore.

The Tyler School of Art graduate program is offered in conjunction with the Master of Fine Arts and Master of Education degrees.

Key Features

  • A sample semester for an MFA candidate includes nine semester hours of major studio art, three semester hours of art history, and three to six semester hours of another elective.
  • Courses are offered in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.
  • Studio instruction strikes a balance between independent study and directed class instruction.
  • Temple Rome maintains a close relationship with Italian art galleries, artists, and national foreign academies which all serve the needs of graduate students at Temple Rome.

Graduate Visual Arts Application Notes

  • Graduate students applying to the Visual Arts Track must be matriculated in an MFA program.
  • Students in Temple’s Tyler School of Art MFA should contact Education Abroad about completing the standard Temple Rome application.
  • Students in MFA programs at other institutions should contact Education Abroad to inquire about program eligibility.

See photos of program participants and their work on the ArtRome Facebook page, created by painting and drawing professor, Susan Moore.


Note: Permission to register for advanced visual arts courses is granted to non-Temple students based on portfolio review.

GAD: Graphic Arts and Design 

GAD 2441 | Photography I: Digital Photography (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
In this introduction to digital photography, students create a digital visual diary of their Roman experience. The technical component consists of mastering manual digital camera operation and exposure. Students are also introduced to imaging software on the computer, digital output to inkjet printers, and gain an understanding of the aesthetic possibilities of photography through weekly assignments, lectures on important photographers, photo field trips in Rome and visits to contemporary photo exhibits. Students are required to have a minimum of a 6-megapixel camera with manual exposure override options, which enable the manipulation of f-stop, shutter speed and ISO. The camera can range from an affordable manual option compact camera such as the Canon Powershot SX110 or a higher end digital SLR. A laptop computer is also required.

GAD 2451 | Photography I: Darkroom / Film Photography (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
This course will introduce students to the historic methods and materials of pre-digital black and white photography on location in Rome. Students will become familiar with Italian culture and with the techniques they are using to capture it deepening their understanding of the city and the creative process. Along with photo field trips the class will consist of lectures, demonstrations and group discussions. Weekly assignments will be given and a final portfolio of silver gelatin prints will be completed by the end of the semester. Images will be printed from their personal archive of negatives. Students must have a film camera - 35mm is recommended but any kind of film camera is welcome.

GAD 2701 | Survey of Printmaking Techniques (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
This is an introductory course of basic printmaking techniques including intaglio, relief and lithography emphasizing individual instruction for students of varied backgrounds in the arts. Additional topics pertinent to printmaking, including contemporary and historical examples, will be presented through slide lectures and visits to galleries and museums. There will be a visit to the National Print Cabinet in Rome to examine original prints by Durer, Mantegna, Rembrandt, Goya, Beckman, and other masters.

GAD 3451 | Advanced Photography Workshop (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

Prerequisite: GAD 2441/2451 or equivalent; for non-Temple students, portfolio approval.

This course is for students who have previously studied photography and who wish to use historic methods to compliment their ideas. The primary medium will be black and white film and will emphasize the development of a personal vision of each student. Projects will include the production and use of pin-hole cameras and how they relate to 16th and 17th century optical devices and images found in Rome. There will be experimentation and investigation with a variety of methods and materials that are not commonly used such lumen prints, contact printing and the 4x5 view camera. Along with studio time the class will consist of lectures, technical demonstrations, field trips and group critiques. Students will produce a series of printed images for their final portfolio. Along with a 35 mm camera students are encouraged to bring any type of pin-hole camera, Diana-F, Lomo LC-A or other film cameras.

GAD 3811 / 3821 | Printmaking Workshop (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

Prerequisite: GAD 2701 or equivalent; for non-Temple students, portfolio approval.

This course is for intermediate and advanced students who have a basic understanding of printmaking techniques. A variety of media such as intaglio, relief and lithographic techniques and silk screen will be explored with the emphasis on an individualized approach to the work. Along with studio time there will be visits to galleries and museums including the National Cabinet in Rome to examine original prints by Dürer, Mantegna, Rembrandt, Goya, Beckmann, and other masters.


PDS: Painting, Drawing and Sculpture

PDS 2211/3211 | Painting on Paper (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

This introductory watercolor course meets on-site in Rome and in the studio at TURome. Versatility and the wide range of watercolor techniques are clearly explained through the use of still life arrangements and models in the classroom in preparation for painting on location. Some of the locations for on-site work in Rome include Aqueduct Park, the Villa Borghese and along the Tiber River, places that have inspired artists throughout the ages. Visits to contemporary exhibits and lectures provide exciting, new interpretations to a traditional medium. Watercolor is a travel-friendly medium and students will be able to capture moments and places through quick sketches, with longer color studies developed in the studio. Technical objectives include color luminosity, atmosphere, fluency, accuracy and experimentation; unity of composition and concept. A historical awareness of sites, a familiarity with color terms and an ability to verbalize visual ideas are further aims of this class.

PDS 2611 / 2621 | Sculpture (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
This is an introductory course on the basic principles of object making. Demos on specific material use and procedures will alternate with lectures and site visits that will link the course with the student's experience of Italian art and architecture. Working with a variety of methods and materials including plaster casting, clay and wax modeling and concrete fabricating process, students will learn to communicate technically as well as conceptually through three-dimensional form. All materials and tools are included.

PDS 2631 | Figure Modeling (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
This course is focused entirely on the human figure as subject and stresses observation as well as an analytical response to issues pertaining to the human body. Along with working from the model in class there will be visits to museums and sculptural sites introducing students to the figurative tradition in Rome: artwork ranging from ancient Greek and Roman carvings to impressive Baroque figures in movement that characterize the cityscape. Dynamics, proportion, anatomy, volume, and structure of the human figure will be investigated. The nature and aspects of representation in the sculptural tradition are considered allowing for an individualized interpretation of the human form.

PDS 3011 / 3111 | Advanced Painting (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

Prerequisite: PDS 2011 or 2111 or equivalent; for non-Temple students, portfolio approval.
This course emphasizes the development of an active and reflective studio practice combined with the Rome experience. As the semester progresses, students identify and pursue their own projects, working independently within a collective critical structure with an emphasis on the development of a student's individual point of view. Experimentation is encouraged and there are frequent class critiques. Individual studios are provided.

PDS 3351 | Rome Sketchbook (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester
Students work on-site in Rome to record their observations in sketchbook form, and travel to the hill town of Tuscania for a full day drawing session. Rome with its incomparably rich historical and visual history, provides a host of subjects ideal for improving drawing technique. At the same time, the concentration required in drawing directly from observation leads to a deeper understanding of the city's forms. Speed and fluency are stressed. Drawing instruction includes combining concrete, fundamental drawing ideas with appropriate locales.


PDS 3411 / 3421 | Advanced Drawing (3 credits) Fall/Spring semester

Prerequisite: PDS 2311, 2321, 2331 or equivalent; for non-Temple students, portfolio approval.
The goal of this Advanced Drawing course is not only to improve one’s technical ability but to probe the limits of what can be done in drawing; defining the boundaries of what a drawing is, and how it relates to other studio practices such as painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. This course combines studio work with the Rome experience as a way to explore ideas and materials as well as the development of an individualized approach to drawing. Contemporary art issues and exposure to the drawing practices of contemporary artists as they connect to the history of drawing are covered in slide presentations and gallery and museum visits.


* Please note that all students may register for up to six credits of introductory-level studio art classes. Placement in advanced visual arts courses is limited to students accepted into the Visual Arts program track.