Students live in apartments in the heart of Florence in this 4-week program. They use the facilities of the Florence institute, the Santa Reparata International School of Art, to enroll in 2 courses offered by Maryville and other St. Louis-area and MOSAIC faculty. Students live in apartments in central Florence. Excursions to Siena and other local sites are included, plus there are optional day as well as overnight trips to Venice, the Amalfi Coast, and Rome. Return date depends on participation in Rome optional excursion. Estimated total cost (includes tuition, housing, food, and local excursions) for 6 credits is $4,595 plus airfare (estimated at approximately $1,375). 3 additional credits are available for $750. (Costs vary for optional trips.) Courses are for 3 credits each.
Study of Human Body through Great Italian Renaissance Artists (Natalia Moraru – MU)
The Italian Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael set a new standard in their portrayals of the human figure. They produced images of the body that combined medical knowledge and an artistic vision of humanity’s place in the world. They also significantly influenced our understanding of the human form in art and science. Italian Renaissance art can hardly be imagined apart from the discoveries in the human body’s structure. Italian humanists demonstrated how extremely complicated but at the same time perfect and beautiful the human body is. That is why learning Human Anatomy along with studying of Italian art masterpieces can be very important and impressive for both science and arts major students. And that is why Florence with its magnificent enjoyable atmosphere that inspired the great Italian humanists to create their fabulous paintings and sculptures would be the perfect place for students to learn all the inheritance of Italian masters and feel and understand that Human Anatomy has a great beauty.
The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food (John Baltrushunas – Maryville)
Art, architecture and history are often the markers of a country’s development. The epic history of Italy can also be told through the flavors and character of its cities. For thousands of years Italy’s historic cities have been magnets for everything that makes for great eating: ingredients, talent, money, and power. We will experience this in the food we eat and through the artifacts of the Etruscans, the Romans, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Fascists and the contemporary. We will see how taste, creativity, and civic pride blended with princely arrogance, political violence, and dark intrigue to build magnificent palaces, breathtaking cathedrals and the world’s favorite cuisine. We will follow the Arabic origins of pasta and we will seek out the medieval recipes that reveal Italy’s long love affair with exotic spices. Food demonstrates Italy’s class struggles whether seen in the opulent theater of a Renaissance wedding banquet, the thin soups and bland polentas that forced millions to emigrate to the New World, or the nostalgia for a soup made of stale bread. Starting with its cultural mandate to preserve the old ways of raising and preparing its food Modern Italy has evolved to a center of sustainable agriculture. Italians live much closer to their sources of food than we do in the United States. The markets are beautiful in their celebration of the locally grown produce, regional cheeses and cured meats. We will cook and visit restaurants of traditional cuisine. In the museums we will see the visual record of each era. We will visit farmland and vineyards that still feed Italy. This course will be documented in a journal or blog of pictures and reflections on the historical and epicurean experiences. A research paper will be completed after we return.
Drawing in Florence (Steve Teczar – Maryville)
This course requires observational drawing from original monuments of Italian art, architecture, culture and history from Etruscan and Roman, through Renaissance and Modern times in Florence. Emphasis is on perceptual drawing on-site to develop and to apply drawing skills; to document and enhance the study abroad experience while living independently in Florence and experiencing Italian culture firsthand; and to allow for creative expression. There are also opportunities to visit Fiesole, Siena, Venice, Milan, Cinque Terre, Rome, and other historic sites and towns in Italy, and to draw and photograph related content. Drawing in Florence may be taken as an introductory 200-level course (ADSA 208 70) which is for students with little or no background in drawing or art history, but who have a keen interest in drawing and the visual documentation of their experiences in a travel journal; or it may be taken as an advanced 400-level course with the instructor’s permission (ADSA 408 70). This is for students with prior learning in drawing and art history who have a strong interest in documenting their experiences by drawing, collecting artifacts, writing and keeping a travel journal.
Ancient Mysteries & Medieval Hill Towns: Tuscan Art and Architecture (Todd Brenningmeyer – Maryville)
This course will examine Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture in Tuscany and the some of the surrounding regions. Students will participate in a series of field trips that take them outside the city of Florence where they will explore the ancient tombs and cities of the Etruscans and Romans as well as Medieval and early Renaissance art and architecture. The course provides a unique opportunity to explore scenic hilltop villages, ancient cities of the dead, and Roman monuments that influenced the development of art in Florence and elsewhere.
Architecture and Design in Italy (Darlene Davison – Maryville)
The city and countryside will be our studio as we explore some of the best architecture, interiors and design in the world. We will investigate the principles of form and composition in the making of architectural space, rich historical architectural and elegant contemporary design. Florence, famous for its rich history as the cradle of the Renaissance, will be our base. Milan, recognized as the world capital of contemporary design and creativity, will be an extension of our Florence studio where we will see a thriving design industry and the latest in Italian furniture and design.
Intaglio Printmaking (Brant Schuller– Millersville University)
This course explores multiple approaches to creating intaglio prints. The course starts at an introductory level technically and builds with each new process into an intermediate understanding and working knowledge of each process. The course will cover drypoint, etching (hardground/softground), aquatint, and sugar lift, white ground, toner transfers, spitbite, and will introduce color printing (ala poupee/monoprinting).
Italian and American Business Culture: A Comparative Organizational Theory Perspective (Dave Ruggeri – Columbia College)
This course is designed to expose students to the cultural dimension of differences between business organizations in Italy and the United States. These differences include, but are not limited to, communication style, context, formality, individualism, stereotypes, and time orientation. Further examination will include the GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness) project and both countries’ respective ranking. GLOBE is a research project that collects data from managers from over 60 nations on nine dimensions of national culture (performance orientation, future orientation, assertiveness, power distance, humane orientation, institutional collectivism, in-group collectivism, uncertainty avoidance, and gender egalitarianism). This data is then used to compare cultural variables to successful organizational leadership and outcomes. The variances between these high and low-context countries will be analyzed through seminar lectures, case studies, and onsite visits. Florence has a rich economic history and culture dating back hundreds of years. A conservative tone has resonated throughout the marketplace, which was evident as even the wealthiest of businessmen in the 1400s dressed in traditional middle-class attire. Today the Florentine economy is dominated by tourism, food and wine production, textiles, metal-work, jewelry, and furniture to name but a few. This diverse and dynamic business environment will allow students to examine successful companies and industries with different organizational cultures than those in the United States.
Florence Museums and Galleries (Ashley Buchanan — University of South Florida)
This course traces the origins and breadth of Florence’s major art and cultural collections. Students will visit all the important and some out-of-the-way museums and galleries: Accademia and The David, Uffizi, Santa Maria del Carmine, Santa Maria del Fiore, Santa Croce, San Marco, Bargello, San Lorenzo, Opera del Duomo, and Museo Bardini and Palazzo Pitti.
Comparative Criminal Justice: United States and Italy (Gabe Crocker – Maryville)
Studying Criminology and Criminology abroad allows for a full immersion for the student into a different culture and full exposure to completely different system of Criminal Justice than that they are used to studying in the United States. Italy offers a wide range of opportunities for studying criminal justice including the legal system, law enforcement structure, correctional policies, criminal investigation techniques, community corrections, and several universities that allow cooperative programs with visiting students. The goal of this course is to broaden the student’s knowledge of global criminal justice systems, gain new world perspective into their chosen career field, the ability to learn new research methods in their field of study, and an opportunity to network and build long lasting relationships with their Italian counterparts. Activities for this learning trip will possibly include the ability to attend a criminal trial, tours of local and state police agencies, discussions with police commanders, touring a police academy, possibly attending courses at a local university, group study/discussion with fellow Criminal Justice students from an Italian university, tours of operational and defunct correctional facilities, and opportunities to visit the many wondrous sights of Italy.
An American in Italy: Link Between American and Italian Writers (Carla Rineer – Millersville)
Much has been made of Americans in Paris, in song, movies, and cultural artifacts. However, Paris is not the only European city and France is not the only country to influence and be influenced by American writers. Italy shares a similar story as well. This three credit course allows students to explore the understudied connection between Italian and American writers. Possible texts for study include: Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Marble Faun), Ernest Hemingway (A Farewell to Arms), Henry James (Portrait of a Lady and “Daisy Miller”), Edgar Allen Poe (selected short stories), Margaret Fuller (At Home and Abroad), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Agnes of Sorrento), Thomas Harris’ Hannibal and Dan Brown’s Inferno). Along with reading a few texts, students will visit the sites that captured the imaginations of American writers.
Exploring the Culture of Florence (James Harf – Maryville)
This 3-credit course allows students to prepare for and reflect upon a wide range of both group and individual excursions during their 3-week program in Florence, Italy. Students will participate in several day-long and longer excursions, including city-wide excursions in Florence, Sienna, Venice and Rome, as well as several other excursions outside of Florence. Additionally, students will select other sites, activities, events, and programs to experience. In total, students will select 15 excursions prior to departure for Florence. Students may change a handful of sites/activities after arrival abroad. To begin the process of selecting sites and activities, go to the Internet and type in top tourist, historical, cultural sites and activities in Florence, Rome, etc. Then peruse the various lists and read the descriptions of each site/activity. In 30 minutes you will have an abundance of ideas that will form the basis of your initial list of 15 sites and activities. These latter 15 locations: (1) could represent a variety of student interests and would be simply used by the student to fulfill the total number of elective credits toward graduation; or (2) may be tied closely to a student’s general education requirements; or (3) may be tied to a student’s major/minor. In the latter two cases, the student should also seek prior approval of the list of 15 sites from his/her campus academic advisor if the course is to be used for a student’s general education requirements or major/minor academic program. The selected sites in these cases will relate to the specific discipline(s) of the general education area or the major/minor program. The student will write two short papers for each excursion, a “before excursion” paper where the student describes the reason for the choice and what he/she expects to find, and an “after excursion” paper where the student reflects on his/her experience. The “before excursion” paper is due prior to arrival in Florence and the “after excursion” paper is due one month following the end of the overseas portion of the program. The “after excursion” paper must be accompanied by proof that you visited the location so described. It may be an admission ticket receipt, a digital camera photo, or some other piece of evidence.