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  • Locations: Assisi, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Travel Study
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Travel Study 2018 11/03/2017 11/10/2017 TBA TBA
Program Description:
ITALY: Rome and AssisiTrevi Fountain
Arts & Sciences Travel Study

Expected Dates - Summer: May 20 - 31, 2017

Program Description
Study with students from other Lasallian universities while exploring Italy and earning credit! 

Join Dr. Dominic Colonna, Ph.D. (Theology) and Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, Ph.D. (History) who will provide an interdisciplinary approach to the Christian Faith and the Arts course. Program highlights include: St. Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Coliseum, and Assisi. Students will learn to “read” great works of art including the Sistine Chapel’s Last Judgment and Giotto’s Life of St. Francis. Based out of the administrative center for the Christian Brothers in Rome, students will be immersed in life and work of John Baptist De LaSalle and the Lasallian mission in the world. 

You will be registered for the course(s) during the spring 2016 semester. You should consult with your major advisor to ascertain how the course will fit into your academic plan. In addition to the coursework that you will be doing while you are travelling, you will also have four course 2-hour course meetings on campus before the trip. These meetings will provide an opportunity to better prepare for all of the things that you will experience during your travel component.

Required Course (Choose one)
THEO 27000 Christian Faith and the Arts
This course is an exploration of the ways in which religious faith and belief are expressed through the arts, including the visual and performing arts (sculpture, painting, mosaic, drawing, architecture, music, etc.).

The Roman Catholic Catechism teaches, “genuine sacred art draws man to adoration, to prayer, and to the love of God, Creator and Savior, the Holy One and Sanctifier” (2502). Our study will consider expressions of faith that follow this description of sacred art. It will also consider art which may, at times, express a faith which questions Christian teachings and which may challenge the faith of the viewer. A fundamental goal of this course will be to help students to develop the skill of discernment to help them to develop a critical self-awareness of their own beliefs and the Christian tradition. The framework for this approach to the topic is rooted in an analogy that John Baptist de La Salle makes in his Explanation of the Method of Interior Prayer. In this text he argues that the method of interior prayer is comparable to the analysis of art; both benefit from critical reflection and might lead to a natural, intuitive grasp of the presence of God.

Various art works representing significant periods and ideas in the history of Christian theology will be studied. This is a course in theology rather than a course in art history. The central goal of the course, therefore, will be to identify and evaluate Christian theological ideas or doctrines as they are expressed in works of art.

The class will study art that expresses basic Christian theological doctrines. Specifically, we will study Christian understandings of God (Jesus, the “Father,” and the Holy Spirit), the human person, salvation, and worship. An important presupposition of this study is the idea that Christian doctrines are expressed in different ways in different times and places.

The various works of art that we will study will serve as non-traditional “books” for our course. In “reading” these books we will attempt to understand the faith experience of both the artist and the viewer. We will also use traditional books or writings. These latter writings will provide information for understanding the art that we will experience and criteria for evaluating an artwork’s theological value.

The THEO 27000 Christian Faith and the Arts course may be used to satisfy one of your Theology General Education requirements. You must have taken THEO 10600 Introduction to Christian Theology or THEO 10000 The Search for Faith before registering for the THEO 27000 course.


HIST 10600 Rome: Urban History
This course examines Rome from its founding as an Iron Age settlement through the Counter Reformation.  In the uS, Urban History emerged as a defined field in the 1970's.  It is an interdisciplinary field that draws on the work of architects, planners, political scientists, economists, and others who place their work in an urban context.  In this course, Rome will be used as the landscape to investigate major periods in the history of the "Eternal City."  This course will use the topography and built environment to provide evidence of the city's history.

Students in the course will learn how to "read" (analyze) the historical landscape.  They will also utilize a variety of sources that could include an old Roman road, a work of art, or museum text.  Students will also consider the course content in light of race, class, gender, and ethnicity.  From this material, scholars will assemble an original synthesis, which is designed to reinforce their knowledge and use their analytical and writing skills.  Finally, this course should support lifelong learning and a better understanding of the processes of globalization.  It will be a blended format that will include an approachable text, online assignments, supplemenetal materials, and place-based learning.

You will stay in shared rooms in comfortable hotels during your stay in Italy.  While in Rome, you will stay in the hotel located at the Generalate of the Lasallian Christian Brothers.

The cost of the 2017 Arts & Sciences Italy Travel Study program is expected to be approximately TBD. The program fee includes accommodation, two meals per day, local transportation, museum visits, administrative fees, and program-sponsored excursions. In most cases, the tuition costs for the courses will be included in the normal Lewis tuition package rate. Both the course(s) and the program fee will be placed onto your student account during the 2017 Spring semester.

The program fee does not include airfare, additional meals, supplies, personal expenses, and any passport and visa fees.

Program fees are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.

To be eligible, you must be a student with at least a 2.75 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.  There are no language prerequisites for this program..

Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process, how to obtain an application, and what other materials are required.  If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.