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Spring Semester

Academic Offerings

The Italy Center offers courses on a rotating basis each year. Below you will find the courses listed by semester linked to their full course descriptions. Please note the following items when considering your course schedule (applicable to semester programs only):

  • All courses are three (3) credits unless otherwise noted
  • 12-15 total credit hours per semester (any more must be approved by the Director)
  • Minimum three (3) credits of Italian
  • HUM 295 and 490 are permission only and have separate applications (see each course for details)

Download the IC Academic Curriculum as a PDF (updated document available soon)


Spring Semester

**courses vary based on student interest**

Art History 299: Artbreakers: Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Modern Era

ARH 299 Syllabus

Generally speaking, the history of Italian Art deals sporadically with female artists and considers only a few famous cases. From the Renaissance to today, female artists have often played a significant role in art history. This course offers the students a journey—from a female perspective—through Italian Art from the Late Renaissance to Modern times.

Art 253: Introduction to Digital Video Production & Human Rights

ART/CMM 253 Syllabus

This program combines classroom instruction and video production work with work in the Bologna community. Students, with faculty members serving as supervisors, are placed at a local immigrant association and are asked to produce a short web documentary based on the community’s needs. Students will work in teams to find, shape, and tell stories about the lives of recent immigrants. In addition, students will be required to attend film screenings at the Bologna Human Rights Nights International Film Festival and to meet with international filmmakers.

Biology 110: Environmental Biology

BIO 110 Syllabus

This course will study the interrelationships between humans and their environment. The course furnishes an understanding of biological principles and the properties of life. It explores the fundamentals of ecology and its relevance to human impact on natural systems. This includes ecosystem structure and function, population dynamics, human impacts on the earth’s natural resources, and “green” economics.

Business 309: Environment, Business, and Ethics

BUS 309 Syllabus

An exploration of environmental issues on the global scale, exploring ethical and economic dilemmas as they arise with the increasing interaction of Global North and South.

Communications 253: Introduction to Digital Video Production & Human Rights

ART/CMM 253 Syllabus

This program combines classroom instruction and video production work with work in the Bologna community. Students, with faculty members serving as supervisors, are placed at a local immigrant association and are asked to produce a short web documentary based on the community’s needs. Students will work in teams to find, shape, and tell stories about the lives of recent immigrants. In addition, students will be required to attend film screenings at the Bologna Human Rights Nights International Film Festival and to meet with international filmmakers.

English 321: Italian Literature–Dante in English

ENG 321 Syllabus

This course introduces students to Dante’s major literary works, La Vita Nuova (The New Life) and the Divine Comedy. Close readings of the text will give students an appreciation of Dante’s place in world literature. Dante’s masterpieces will also be discussed from a historical and philosophical perspective, and supplementary readings will acquaint the reader with the medieval view of life and literature.

History 315: Understanding the Mediterranean

HIST 315 Syllabus

This course introduces students to an alternative analysis of the Mediterranean region. Students will gain insight into the region’s historical development and its current strategic and geopolitical dimension. The main focus of this class is to provide Italian context on different variables that have caused contrast between Mediterranean, MENA, and European areas (i.e., international conflicts, economic crisis, religion and institutions, and present-day democratization). Students’ academic experiences will be enhanced through discussion of the historical and political background of the Mediterranean.

Humanities 295: Directed Undergraduate Research

HUM 295 Syllabus

The Spring Hill College Italy Center Director will work with a student and his home campus adviser to assist in designing an academic research project. The project goals and objectives are to be agreed upon by the student with his/her home campus professor. The Italy Center will assist in aligning the student with community resources to include a faculty advisor. Examples of undergraduate research projects include a study of sibling relationships in a Bologna Rom (gypsy) camp and Italian language acquisition among immigrant North African children compared to their parent’s language abilities. Independent studies will be approved solely for students who exhibit a prior track record of academic excellence and an ability to work independently.

Humanities 490: Social Justice Internship

HUM 490 Syllabus

Professional experience through a semester of directed part-time internship at a local cultural, business, or not-for-profit Bologna agency. Enrollment is restricted and will require a two-month advance correspondence with the Spring Hill College Italy Center Internship Coordinator. Students are expected to work a minimum of ten hours per week in a community agency. Placements are available in both the English and Italian languages.

Italian 101 & 102: Elementary Italian

ITA 101 Syllabus            ITA 102 Syllabus

The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the Italian language. This intensive course combines a typical semester’s worth of material into a five-week session. Emphasis will be placed on developing speaking, listening – comprehension, reading and writing expressions, and grammar sufficient to support these. Students can expect to learn about modern Italy through in-class activities and homework assignments, including geography, culture, history, and society. Spring Hill students can practice daily class lessons in one’s life in the residence hall. The majority of Friday’s will include a cultural trip, allowing one to practice his/her language skills in the city while offering exposure to some of the hidden treasures, markets, and galleries of Bologna.

Italian 201: Intermediate Italian

ITA 201 Syllabus

The primary goal of this course is to advance students in the Italian language. Aspects of teaching will entail: reading, analysis, and class discussion of texts (articles, songs, short stories), oral presentations based on research on the newspapers, writing homework assignments (compositions, essays, journal). This course is conducted entirely in Italian. There is an emphasis on developing speaking, listening – comprehension, reading and writing expressions, and grammar sufficient to support these. Spring Hill students can practice daily class lessons in one’s life in the residence hall. Dedicated Fridays will include a cultural trip, allowing one to practice his/her language skills in the city while offering exposure to some of the hidden treasures, markets, and galleries of Bologna.

Italian 381: Advanced Italian

ITA 381 Syllabus

The primary goal of this course is to advance students in the Italian language. Aspects of teaching will entail: reading, analysis, and class discussion of texts (articles, songs, short stories), oral presentations based on research on the newspapers, writing homework assignments (compositions, essays, journal). This course is conducted entirely in Italian. There is an emphasis on developing speaking, listening – comprehension, reading and writing expressions, and grammar sufficient to support these. Spring Hill students can practice daily class lessons in one’s life in the residence hall. Certain Fridays will have a tutoring component where one will assist lower-level students of Italian while participating in cultural trips, allowing one to practice his/her language skills while being exposed to some of the hidden treasures, markets, and galleries of Bologna. Advanced students will also be asked to participate in a speaking partner program with Italian students from the University of Bologna.

Philosophy 309: Environment, Business, and Ethics

PHL 309 Syllabus 

An exploration of environmental issues on the global scale, exploring ethical and economic dilemmas as they arise with the increasing interaction of Global North and South.

Political Science 315: Understanding the Mediterranean

POL 315 Syllabus

This course introduces students to an alternative analysis of the Mediterranean region. Students will gain insight into the region’s historical development and its current strategic and geopolitical dimension. The main focus of this class is to provide Italian context on different variables that have caused contrast between Mediterranean, MENA, and European areas (i.e., international conflicts, economic crisis, religion and institutions, and present-day democratization). Students’ academic experiences will be enhanced through discussion of the historical and political background of the Mediterranean.

Political Science 375: Terrorism, Revolution & War

POL 375 Syllabus

A central theme in this course is to figure out the extent to which wars are the purposeful, rational pursuit of policy or the result of seemingly inexorably forces over which there is little control. The course will explore the dilemmas both countries and international organizations face when addressing political violence in their own country and/or abroad. At the end of the semester, students will develop a deep understanding of the political and moral justifications for resorting to force when confronting political violence.

Social Science 295: Human Rights & Global Change

SSC 295 Syllabus

Community-Based Research and Service–Designed to acquaint students with the leading human rights issues confronting Italy and Europe, the course focuses on the changing face of the Mediterranean as new immigrants groups are arriving at unprecedented numbers while fleeing dictatorships in the Arab world. The class will concentrate on how Italians, the media, the Italian government, and the European Union are protecting (or failing to protect) immigrants and political asylum seekers fleeing from nations at war or on the verge of collapse. This course will bring students in direct contact with immigrants themselves. Students are required to conduct a minimum of 24 hours of community-based research and service work in the community.

Theology 261: World Religions

THL 261 Syllabus

This course studies religious faith as a central fact of history and world culture through a reflective interpretation of significant historical and theological documents. The survey course is anchored in the literature of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.