Winter Quarter Option

The Italy Center offers a ten-week winter quarter option. Winter quarter students will arrive to Bologna with the rest of our students in the middle of January and will return to the US in time to take spring quarter courses at their home institution. The winter quarter includes:

Opening Swiss Alps Ski / Snowboard Tour

Closing four day social justice tour to:

Southern Italy: To learn about immigration and the role of the mafia in the Puglia region


Poland: To participate in an International Human Rights Conference (plus a day visit to Auschwitz).

More Information (including costs):

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Winter Quarter Academics

Art History 311: Renaissance to Modern Art

A survey of the major visual art forms of Western civilization from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. The course will include fees for Museums entrances which will be a required component of the class (approximate costs of entrance fees will be $70).

Business 320: International Business

An overview of business in an international environment, incorporating economic, management, marketing, and financial implications of international transactions. Topics include exchange rates, trade policy, international institutions, global theory, and cultural aspects of business. This course will place a particular emphasis on the role of Italy and Europe in the global marketplace.

English 321: Italian Literature–Dante in English

An introduction to Dante’s major literary works, La Vita Nuova (The New Life) and the Divine Comedy. Close readings of the text will seek to give students an appreciation of Dante’s place in world literature. Dante’s masterpieces will also be discussed in a historical and philosophical perspective, and supplementary readings will acquaint the reader with the medieval view of life and literature.

History 322: Europe Since 1945

Emphasis is on the postwar period, the Cold War, politics, the process of decolonization, the European Union, the changes in Eastern Europe, and contemporary developments.

Humanities 295: Directed Undergraduate Research

The Spring Hill College Italy Center Director will work with a student and his home campus adviser in order to assist in the design of an academic research project. The project goals and objectives are to be agreed upon by the student with his/her home campus professor. The Italy Center will assist in aligning the student with community resources to include a faculty advisor. Examples of undergraduate research projects include a study of sibling relationships in a Bologna Rom (gypsy) camp and Italian language acquisition among immigrant North African children in comparison to their parent’s language abilities. Independent studies will be approved solely for students who exhibit a prior track record of academic excellence and an ability to work independently.

Humanities 461: Multicultural Mediterranean (One Credit — Mandatory)

Travel provides a learning opportunity that brings one into a world of the unknown, an unfamiliar territory in ways that traditional classroom learning is unable to do. This new journey offers the prospect to bring to the surface of one’s psyche richness and treasures. Simultaneously, at times our living abroad can be painful as we struggle with how to move forward in our lives, integrating all that we have witnessed while in Europe. Travel itself does not offer answers to life’s difficult questions, but helps one to know whether we agree or disagree. This one-credit course includes interdisciplinary readings from contemporary philosophers, anthropologists and theologians.

Italian 101: Elementary Italian

The courses offers an introduction to Italian grammar, suitable reading exercises, and elementary composition (approximate costs of cultural event entrance fees will be $40). Out of classroom expectations include weekly cultural events on-site and required meetings with a University of Bologna speaking partner. It is assumed that students will speak primarily in English with their Italian neighbors while living in the Spring Hill-Alma Mater residence hall. 

Italian 381: Intermediate & Advanced Italian

Students who are arriving at the Italy Center having already completed Italian 101 and 102 at their home universities can complete their intermediate and advanced Italian courses at the Cultura Italiana Institute. The Center provides advanced levels of Italian language for college students arriving from across the world. The intensive classes meet five mornings per week and are organized by the Spring Hill College Italy Center staff in collaboration with the Cultura Italiana instructors. Students will be placed in the appropriate advanced class level having completed a placement exam at the institute.

Philosophy 214: Environmental Ethics

The course will examine the philosophical issues of environmental ethics and the following questions: The competing paradigms of environmental science; historical roots of the environmental predicament, animal rights, and the idea of a sustainable society. The semester begins with studying the “myths” of origin of humanity in ancient Greece (Prometheus) and in the biblical tradition (Genesis). Chronologically the material will proceed arriving at a late semester review of contemporary authors. The closing sessions will address recent developments with regards to its implications on the future of human nature.

Political Science 375: Terrorism, Revolution and War

A central theme in this course is to try to figure out the extent to which wars are the purposeful, rational pursuit of policy or the result of seemingly inexorably forces over which there is little control. The course will culminated with a tour to North Africa and will provide students with a firsthand account of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution that took place in the Spring of 2011.

Social Science 395: Issues in Social Justice– Immigration and Globalization

Community Based Research and Service–Designed to acquaint students with the main human rights issues confronting Italy and Europe, the course focuses on the changing face of the Mediterranean as new immigrants groups are arriving at unprecedented numbers while fleeing dictatorships in the Arab world. The class will concentrate on how Italians, the media, the Italian government and the European Union are protecting (or failing to protect) immigrants and political asylum seekers fleeing from nations at war or on the verge of collapse. This course will bring students in direct contact with immigrants themselves. Students are required to conduct a minimum of 24 hours of community based research and service work in the community.

Theology 261: World Religions

A study of religious faith as a central fact of history and world culture through a reflective interpretation of major historical and theological documents. The survey course is anchored in the literature of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.