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Creativity and Culture in Rome

Creativity and Culture in Rome
Spend six weeks over the summer studying marketing and strategic communications in Rome, Italy.
Rome, Italy
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Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Graduate and Undergraduate courses
Program Type: 
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Open to non-KU Students
Faculty Led
  • Explore the role that culture plays in effective brand messaging
  • Spend six weeks exploring the city of Rome
  • Using knowledge gained during their time in Italy, participants will work together to create and promote an online culture and trends publication
Program Summary: 

Breakthrough strategic thinking and creative brand messaging depends on the ability to connect with people and culture. In order to discover the Why behind the way people live, think, and buy, strategic communications practitioners must develop an understanding of markets, people, and culture. Strategic messaging now must work across global cultures and markets. Never has it been more important than it is today to embrace a vision of markets and cultures as interconnected, inclusive and multi-cultural. Students in this program will be working within a setting that requires a “global mindset” in order to help them think, act and lead globally. 

Creativity & Culture: Rome focuses on helping students develop the ability to immerse, observe, understand and connect with people and culture in context. Students will work in collaborative teams to conduct ethnographic research with an emphasis on trends and cultural consumer styles.  In addition to structured, ethnographic exploration, the session includes a series of collaborative group intensive creative workshops where teams will produce one special edition of The Agency’s new culture and trends quarterly online publication called “The Watch”. Work for this special edition will include developing promotional messaging. 


Rome, the Eternal City, is located along the Tiber River and is one of Europe’s most ancient urban centers, dating back almost 3,000 years. Rome’s early inhabitants left behind a trove of art and architectural masterpieces which provide an interesting contrast as they live beside Rome’s modern-day businesses, shops, cafes, and financial centers. As a taste-making and culture-driving capital of the world, Rome offers a unique set of cultural engagement, creative insights and challenges to build students’ global strategic communications competency. 

One of the great discoveries in Rome is learning to appreciate how the past and the present live side by side, creating a constantly re-invigorated dialogue of the New and the Old, the expected and unknown. This intersection of Rome’s past and present cultures provides a unique and ideal location for students to study creativity and culture and the effects of how these two forces enrich and inform an inclusive, collaborative, and diverse marketplace of ideas, people, and communications. 

Academic Information: 

Three hours of upper level undergraduate credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program.

Credit: JOUR 500 – Topics in Journalism: Creativity & Culture

Prerequisite: None



In Rome, students will stay in shared apartments in double or triple occupancy rooms.  During excursions requiring overnight stays, students will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms at a hotel.


Open to undergraduate and graduate students, sophomore level and above, from any accredited US college or university who have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

While non-journalism students are welcome to participate, it is recommended that students have an interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • Brand & Market Strategy, Advertising, Public Relations
  • Media, Social Media, Journalism
  • Consumer & Culture Insights –Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology
  • Market & Business Research
  • Creative writing, Literature, History
  • Design, Architecture, Visual Arts & Industrial Design
  • Computer Science, Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business Management
Program Faculty: 

Janet Rose, Ph.D., is Professor of the Practice and Director of The Agency, KU’s strategic communications student media organization in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Throughout her career, Rose has worked as both an executive for consulting and advertising agencies and as an academic and has lived and worked in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Kansas City working on global and national brand and market strategy for organizations and brands such as P&G, Coca-Cola, Walmart, Kohl’s, GSK, VF Corporation and more. Rose’s academic emphasis focuses on understanding consumers and cultural trends to identify intersections of strategic business and marketing opportunity. A passionate supporter of entrepreneurism, she also has founded and has been a consultant to numerous entrepreneurial organizations and start-ups. 



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