Rome: The Eternal City

This month-long program explores ancient, medieval and modern Rome, and offers an introduction to one of the most beautiful, exciting, and culturally important European cities.  Students take six hours of credit, three hours in history, taken during the first part of the month, and three hours in politics, as a concluding class. The courses incorporate experiential learning and take advantage of the many educational and cultural opportunities that Rome offers. The program is open to students of all majors and minors.

Once the program begins, classes meet four days a week, with three-day weekends open for traveling. Students live in furnished apartments in the historic center of the city, experiencing Rome as a resident not a tourist. As a group we meet for gelato, some group dinners, and introductory sessions about Roman culture. There is also ample time to get to know Rome, and visit some of the beautiful piazzas, museums and food markets on your own. Rome is a vibrant city with a strong culture, where Romans mingle with thousand-year artifacts, medieval alleyways, and art that has been in the same location for nearly 800 years. Rome is timeless, thereby earning its moniker, “The Eternal City.”

Travel Itinerary

Program Dates: May 24 - June 24, 2019

Weekend Travel: Courses meet Monday through Thursday. Weekends are open for individual travel to the many beautiful and historic places of Italy and Europe.  Students often travel to Florence, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Capri, Paris, and Barcelona on the open weekends.

Transportation to Rome: Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements from the USA to Italy. The faculty will help students coordinate their travel plans.

Tours and visits include:

  • Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Vatican Museum
  • St. Peter’s Basilica and Dome; papal audience, if weather permits
  • Italian Parliament
  • Islamic Center of Rome
  • Ostia Antica, ancient port city
  • Pantheon, the best preserved ancient Roman building
  • Villa Borghese Art Museum
  • *Day train trip to medieval hill town (Orvieto)
  • Church tours: St. John’s in Laterani; Il Gesu; Santa Maria Sopra Minerva; San Clemente
  • Relics of St. Valentine; St. Caecilia; and Catherine of Siena
  • *Jewish Museum of Rome
  • Jewish Quarter, Trastevere, Circus Maximus, and the Borghese Gardens

Courses offered:
HIST 273: Rome, the City: Ancient to Renaissance (3 credits) 
PLSC 312: Islam and the West (3 credits)

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Shelley Wolbrink
Professor of History
(417) 873-7387
Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg
Professor of Political Science
(417) 873-6947