Rome Semester Course Descriptions

Poetics

(3 credits)
This class is an intensive examination of the traditional role poetry has played in deepening our understanding of the nature of language.  In conjunction with the writing tutorials, this course develops the student’s basic knowledge of figures in language, as well as the means to communicate the tone and dramatic situation of a poem.  The whole course explores the way poetry can help us to become attuned to the goodness of reality.  Authors and texts include: Aristotle’s Poetics, Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, Understanding Poetry, the English poet community in Rome (Keats, etc.), Richard Wilbur, and Robert Frost.

Humanities IV: Approaches to the Eternal City

(4 credits)
This class allows sophomores during their Rome semester intensively to study authors and works from a variety of periods that deepen their experience of Roman, Italian, and European culture.  Texts and authors include Livy, the Roman poets, The Epistles of St. Peter, Marcus Aurelius, Leo the Great, St. Francis of Assisi, Dante, Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hilaire Belloc, Ezra Pound, and Romano Guardini.

Art & Architecture in Rome

(3 credits)
An introduction to the patrimony of ancient and Christian art and architecture, with extensive site visits in Rome, Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany.  The ‘texts’ will principally be the buildings, sculptures, and paintings themselves, but students will also be asked to reflect upon the nature and purpose of the arts through reading selections from Vitruvius, St. John of Damascus, Abbot Suger, Alberti, Josef Pieper, and John Paul II.

Mysterium Salutis: The Teaching of Saint Paul

(3 credits)
A careful journey through the writings of St. Paul with the goal of attaining a clear understanding of the mystery of salvation.  In addition to the Pauline corpus, students will give serious consideration to the commentaries of the Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas.