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Humanities in Rome, Italy

Humanities in Rome, Italy
Discover Italy while earning credits in Humanities
Rome, Italy
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Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
  • Discover Italy while fulfilling KU Core Goal 2.1 or 3 (Arts and Humanities)
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and many other sites of interest
  • Spend a weekend in Florence exploring the Uffizi, the Galileo Museum, the Duomo and more!
Program Summary: 

Through readings, discussions, and on-site discoveries, this program will explore what it means to study the humanities, when the humanities emerged as a program examining human creativity and thought, and how the humanities remains a technique for living and being in the world today.  Anchoring their work in Rome and Florence—centers of the humanistic program of the Renaissance—students on the program will trace how Europe’s past came to embed itself in a project for cultural renewal for the present. An excellent illustration of how a society lives between past, present, and future, Rome serves as a living laboratory for students desiring to develop their skills in humanistic reflection, analysis, and creativity. Course HUM 110 or 111 also fulfills KU Core Goal 2.1 (written communication) or Goal 3 (breadth of knowledge-Humanities).


The Eternal City, located along the Tiber River, is one of Europe’s most ancient urban centers, dating back almost 3,000 years. Rome’s early inhabitants left behind a trove of architectural masterpieces, including the massive Colosseum and Pantheon, triumphal arches, and temple ruins. The Italian capital also boasts an unparalleled concentration of world-class art, from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to the baroque Trevi Fountain, and teems with restaurants, trattorie, osterie, pizzerie, enoteche, cafés, bars, and gelaterie. Rome also encompasses the Catholic Church’s independent city-state, the Vatican, home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the papal residency.

Site visits and Excursions:

  • A half-day guided walking tour of Rome
  • Guided tours of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and the Galleria Borghese
  • A three-day, two-night excursion to Florence. In Florence visits will include: the Uffizi, Galileo Museum, the Accademia, the Duomo & Baptistery, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Piazza della Republica.
Academic Information: 

Four hours of classroom study per week will be complemented by academic visits to neighborhoods, monuments, museums, and architectural sites having direct ties to students’ readings in and discussions on the western humanistic tradition.  Students will maintain a journal to record their observations and reflect on topics of humanistic inquiry across time and space, from Antiquity to 21st century culture and society,  Students will also receive five hours of language instruction in survival Italian.

Courses offered:

  • HUM 110 Introduction to the Humanities (3 credit hours) OR
  • HUM 111 Introduction to the Humanities - Honors (3 credit hours)*

Optional courses offered:

  • HUM 494 Humanities Directed Studies (1 credit hour) OR 
  • HNRS 495 Honors Directed Study (1 credit hour)*

*Students must be admitted to the Honors Program to enroll in HUM 111 and HNRS 495.


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


Open to students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities who have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Acceptance decisions are based on academic record, essays, and references.

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