Rome Summer Institute
From the wonders of Ancient Rome to the sweet buzzing of contemporary Roman society, the "Eternal City" is rich in history and culture unlike anywhere else in the world. Catholic University's Rome Summer Institute offers students an introduction to Italy's vibrant capital and its pivitol role in the development of Western civilization. Students have the opportunity to experience and participate in the past, present, and perhaps future of one of humanity's greatest millennial cities.
All students in good academic and disciplinary standing may attend the Rome Summer Institute. A few courses have specific requirements, however:
- ITAL 221 is a First-Year Experience course and therefore limited to Catholic University rising sophomores.
- NURS 403 is limited to rising junior and senior nursing majors with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, 2.75 science GPA, and no grade lower than B- in nursing courses.
Students from all universities are encouraged to apply. If space is limited, Catholic University students will receive priority acceptance.
Catholic University hosts three different sessions over the summer, with each session providing one to three unique courses in a variety of subjects. Students may attend one session or multiple sessions, but may only enroll in a maximum of one course per session. The details for summer 2022 may be found below:
Session 1: Saturday, May 14 - Saturday, June 4, 2022
Session 2: Sunday, June 5 - Saturday, June 25, 2022
Session 3: Sunday, June 26 - Saturday, July 16, 2022
Summer Session I Courses
- NURS XXX: Women's Reproductive Health: A Lifespan Approach
This course addresses women’s health across the lifespan, from puberty to the post-menopausal years. Risks to health and happiness can accompany each change. Adolescent girls who experience early puberty have higher risk for mental health problems. Aging adults experience unique social and health issues often overlooked by members of the health care team or even discounted by the women themselves. Site visits to Italian hospitals will introduce students to other health care systems. Field trips to Roman art museums will facilitate class discussions about the role of women in ancient and contemporary times.
- CEE 201 / ANTH 211: Ancient Waters: Interactions Between Humans and Water Throughout History
Explore the development of human society and its interactions with water. Students begin with a broad overview of global water use and its implementations throughout history, including the Tigris-Euphrates river system, the Nile River, ancient hydrological infrastructure, and human migration. The scope then narrows to concentrate on Roman water infrastructure including aqueducts, distribution, and sanitation. Excursions into Rome allow students to find concrete examples of these systems before the course concludes with a look at the interface between modern society and ancient infrastructure.
Summer Session II Courses
- NURS 403: Nursing Research in Rome
Required course for Nursing majors.
Students learn about the process of nursing research and how to develop evidence-based solutions to clinical problems. Students will complete guided research on stress-reduction and coping, topics especially relevant in these turbulent times. Weekly site visits to health care facilities and other relevant locations in Rome will expand students’ awareness of multiculturalism and comparative healthcare systems.
- MUS 276: Engaging the Culture: Performing Arts and Society
In this course, students study historic and modern performance works in relation to the society in which they were produced. Focus is given to the rich variety of Italian performing arts, which originated from artistic and intellectual movements of the 16th century to the present day. Explorations include attending performances in Rome at art centers and musical venues, as well as visiting museums.
- LSC 879: Visions of Italy: Culture in Twenty-First Century Rome and Florence
A centuries-old political center, Rome is home to numerous structures, artifacts, texts, and documents that illuminate the rich history of the city and region. Further north, Florence is home to materials reflective of the city’s cultural centrality during the Renaissance. Through readings, site visits, and meetings with professionals, students gain a basic knowledge of how Italian cultural professionals make museum, archival, and library resources known to various user groups. We explore public programs, outreach strategies, and digital and physical exhibits, and study the principles and practical elements involved in creating each, with site visits and instruction designed to reveal how existing institutions apply those principles to learning in their public programming.
Summer Session III Courses
- HIST 206R / CLAS 206R: History of Rome
Fulfills Foundations of History requirement
This course is a chronological survey of the political and social history of Rome, beginning with myths and stories that describe the Roman people before the traditional establishment of the Republic in the late sixth century BC and concluding with the reign of the emperor Constantine (d. AD 337). Focusing in particular upon the city of Rome itself, the course employs readings and visits to selected archaeological sites to explore important issues in the evolution of the Roman state and Roman society.
- ENG XXX: American Literature and Italian Film
This three-week summer course focuses on major twentieth century writers and filmmakers deeply engaged with Italy, especially the city of Rome. Students will consider the aesthetic shifts from realism to neorealism to postmodernism, and the impact of World Wars I and II and other historical phenomenon upon these shifts. The works studied be engaging, challenging, and accessible, leading students to a deeper appreciation of the material, and also of Rome.
Accommodation & Meals
The Catholic University Rome Center is located on Via Garibaldi in the heart of the Trastevere district of Rome. Students are housed in doubles, triples, and quads, with a limited number of singles available upon request for an additional fee. Pillows, pillow cases, bed sheets, and blankets are provided for every resident, as is a partial meal plan and access to laundry machines. Residence hall staff are available 24/7 - at all times for emergencies and during the day for general assistance. Visit the Rome website for more information about dorm life.
Students are charged tuition and a program fee. Tuition will be standard Catholic University rates for 3, 6, or 9 credits. The program fee is the same whether you participate in one, two, or three sessions. For details, view the estimated budget sheet here.