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Classics in Rome

Classics in Rome
Discover Roman culture through texts, artifacts, guided excursions and visits to sites of interest in Rome and Pompeii.
Rome, Italy
Language of Instruction: 
Spring Break
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Faculty Led
  • Students will learn about the texts and artifacts of Ancient Rome during the spring semester and through travel to Rome over spring break
  • Students will come face to face with Italian culture through guided excursions, site visits, and lectures from experts
  • Upon return, students will develop a research paper focusing on an aspect of Ancient Roman Culture
Program Summary: 

This course offers a unique insight to the literature and civilization of ancient Rome, combining in-class study of ancient texts and artifacts with an embedded trip to Italy over spring break, visiting the ancient sites of Rome and Pompeii.

Students will spend the weeks in the semester before Spring Break learning about the texts and artifacts of Ancient Rome in class in Lawrence, exploring topics such as Roman attitudes to religion, oratory, slavery, gender, political propaganda, athletic competition, art, and empire. Our trip over Spring Break will allow students to come face-to-face with the culture we have been studying. Participants will be able to see the cities the Romans lived in, the technologies they employed, and the art that surrounded them, thus gaining a new perspective on the Roman world.

While in Rome, students will be responsible for producing a short report on two of the museums and sites that we visit, which we will compile into a group travel guide (and souvenir of our trip!) on our return. For the second part of the semester, participants will use their experiences in Rome to develop a research paper focusing on an aspect of Ancient Roman culture.

Academic Information: 

These courses are approved for Core Goal 3 (Arts and Humanities) as well as Core Goal 4.2 (Culture and Diversity).  To fulfill Core Goal 4.2, students must enroll in and complete both the course + study abroad experience.

Students will receive three credit hours for one of the following courses:

CLSX 240 or CLSX 340 (Honors)

There are no prerequisites for enrolment in CLSX 240.

Enrollment in CLSX 340 requires membership in the KU Honors Program or permission of the instructor. 3 hours of academic credit. Students will enroll themselves in this course for the spring semester.


Participants will stay in hotels in the city-center.

Life Abroad: 


  • March 6: Depart the U.S.
  • March 7: Arrival in Rome
  • March 15: Departure for the U.S.

Before Spring Break we will meet during our regular class times in Lawrence.

The group will depart together for our spring break trip to Italy on Friday, March 6 and return on Sunday, March 15. For most of the week, we will be based in Rome, where we will be able to explore ancient archaeological sites such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Nero’s Golden Palace, as well as world-class museums including the Capitoline Museums and the Vatican Museums. In addition to our time in Rome, we will also visit the Bay of Naples and the archaeological site of Pompeii, where you will be able to see the remarkably preserved remains of a 1st century AD Roman town.

When we return to Lawrence there will be no regular class meetings. Instead, you will be working on a research project emerging from our trip, and we will meet only for informal research support sessions.


The Department of Classics may be able to provide partial travel grants to majors who enroll in this course. Please contact gfwhite@ku.edu for more details, preferably before November 1st.

Program Faculty: 

This program will be led in Spring 2020 by Dr. Gina White, Assistant Professor of Classics at KU. 

Dr. Gina White
Assistant Professor
Department of Classics
University of Kansas
Wescoe Hall, Room 1035


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