While studying abroad in Orvieto you will enroll in four classes (all in English). Courses will cover topics ranging from classics, history, art and architecture, to Italian culture, politics, and theology. A number of offered courses meet core learning outcomes (see below.)
All students will participate in Chiavi (the core mission course) which is built around cultural workshops and tours of important historical sites. These trips, a key component of the Orvieto program, are a great way to discover Italy. Destinations include guided tours of Rome, Florence, Montecassino, Assisi, Siena, Pompeii and other heritage sites.
Spring 2018 Courses
The following courses are expected to be offered during the Spring 2018 Semester in Orvieto.* Courses meeting core learning outcomes are indicated below. All students studying in Orvieto for the semester will receive credit for the Global Engagement Core Learning Outcome [GLOB].
- ITO 100 Introduction to Italian
- ITO 200 Chiavi:Keys to our Cultural Heritage [WI] required of all students in the Orvieto progam
- ITO 201 Food, Wine & Italian Culture
- ITO 202 History of Italian Cinema
- ITO CL223 Classical Mythology:The Heroes [AEST] [CITZ] honors option
- ITO CL262 War and Culture in the Ancient World [HIST]
- ITO TH250 Catholic Vision [CATH]
*Just as on our NH campus, courses may close subject to enrollment. When registering for Orvieto courses, students will be asked to choose (in addition to the required Chiavi course) 4 courses by indicating their preferences. While every effort will be made to honor choices based on these preferences, enrollment in specific courses cannot be guaranteed.
ITO 100 - Introduction to Italian
This course provides the basic elements of the Italian language with a communicative approach that focuses on everyday life situations and on the cultural context in which they occur. In class, students will read passages in Italian, practice oral exercises, complete fill-in exercises, listen to recorded dialogues from native speakers at normal speed of authentic language and complete related exercises.
ITO 200 - Chiavi: Keys to our Cultural Heritage [WI]
This course seeks to give an overview of the major Italian cultural achievements that have significantly shaped Western civilization. Through an examination of Italian civilization over the last 3000 years, from Etruscan to modern, students will gain an understanding not only of Italian culture but also of the underpinnings of our own. This course is structured around weekly seminars/lectures as well as guided tours, field trips and cultural excursions. (required course for all Orvieto program participants)
ITO 201 - Food, Wine and Italian Culture
Social, political and cultural changes in Italy since the first millennium B.C. have shaped the multi-faceted Italy of today. In a global landscape dominated by tendencies towards cultural sameness, this course aims to identify what constitutes Italian cultural specificity, "Italian flair" emerging as a prominent element of Italian culture, lifestyle and identity. Among the topics that will be discussed: the differences between Standard Italian and other language varieties such as popular Italian and dialects, connecting the differences with the material culture aspects, i.e. tradition and everyday life in Italian regions; landscape, which today is increasingly tied to ecology, geography, and the use of land, will be analyzed in terms of its aesthetic value and function, illustrating its cultural and historical identity; the physical and historical geography of Italy; the history of some Italian culinary traditions from ancient Etruria to the Renaissance; ceramics, wood and textile crafts; labels and special productions (doc, docg, dop); the philosophical strategy of the world of slow food.
ITO 202 - History of Italian Cinema
This course presents the development and changes in Italian society through the analysis of movies from the most important Italian directors that are milestones in the history of Italian cinema. The movies shown in class will be analyzed and discussed both for their artistic value and mastery in making them and for the Italian social, political and historical background and milieu they reflect and are also influenced by. The movies discussed during lectures will be shown in chronological order, with focus on some of the most important events in the Italian history that deeply affected Italian society: Fascism, the war and post-war time, the economic boom of the early sixties, the anger and protest of the young generation. "Genre" movies will be also discussed, "Comedy Italian Style" and "Spaghetti Westerns" in particular, for their value as cinematic products and for the everlasting influence they have on national and worldwide cinematic production. Information about the most important periods of Italian history, from Fascism to the present time, will be given throughout the course.
ITO CL 223 - Classical Mythology: The Heroes [AEST] [CITZ] honors option
A study of the major Greek and Roman saga cycles (the stories of Heracles, Oedipus, Jason, Odysseus, Aeneas, Romulus, etc.), their origin, content and interpretation. Consideration is also given to various approaches to saga: historical, political, anthropological, literary and artistic. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the hero within the context of ancient and modern societies and to the influence of classical saga upon ancient and modern art and literature. Touring important historical sites and museums in Italy will enhance the student's experience and understanding of the classical tradition, particulary the use of mythological heroes throughout Italian history as a type of symbolic communication.
ITO CL 262 - War and Culture in the Ancient World [HIST]
This course aims to introduce students to aspects of the culture of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Etruscans and Romans by studying how the practice of ancient warfare intertwines with broader cultural developments of the ancient world. A series of illustrated lectures will dwell in detail upon the nature of ancient warfare itself and its interrelation with the political, religious, and economic realities of the ancient world. Visits to local Orvieto museums and landmarks will also provide an important context for this course.
ITO TH 250 - Catholic Vision [CATH]
This course provides an introductory survey of the distinctive vision of the Catholic tradition as that vision has been articulated in doctrine, practice, and culture. It will focus in particular on some of the unique expressions of the Catholic tradition in the history and life of the Church in Orvieto. In addition to classroom lectures, the course will also include cultural excursions within the city of Orvieto.