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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Required: 2.5 Housing Options: Monastery
Program Term: Winter Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Program Provider: RWU Areas of Study: Modern Languages, Philosophy
Program Location: Italy Scholarship Eligibility: Short Term Only
Program Description:
Rome 2020 (Rawls)

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Program Description: 

RWU Students & two faculty will stay in Roma, Italy for approximately 18 days (minus traveling). During that time students will be housed in a Monastery, study the Italian language at their level, learn about the art & culture of Italy specific to its rich Catholic heritage, learn about cultural & historical shifts in Italian politics, education, and more. They will also learn the philosophy of Roman poet, scientist, and philosopher Lucretius alongside the contemporary application of Lucretius’ philosophy through the work of Thomas Nail et al. Students will also study some select Italian cinema, sculpture, painting, and more.
Students will experience a lifelong learning and community oriented education in the field with two RWU professors who have a PhD in Italian and art history & a PhD in Philosophy (including the Philosophy of Race). Students will use beginner Italian or what level they are currently at to pair with another student who has not studied Italian. Each student will study philosophy in English & Latin, but will use their Italian to explore the culture, art museums, restaurants, and more while in Rome. They will also study 6c Monastic history and tradition.

Program Capacity:  8-12 students
Required Credits:  3

Rome 2020 (Rawls)


This course is open to any RWU student who has either studied Italian and/or Philosophy. Dr. Rawls & Dr. Abbondanza reserve the right to interview any student who is new to either professor or their courses. A student who applies for the trip can be turned down by either professor for these reasons and/or if the student cap has already been met.  

Open to All Majors

Program Prerequisites:
45 credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or better
Good academic and judicial standings

Application Deadline:  October 1st

Academic Details:

All details are included in the course syllabus attached. Academic literature, learning outcomes, texts or selections required for reading, and grading scales have been determined by both Dr. Rawls & Dr. Abbondanza. Each professor has split the course into two halves. One half includes learning and practicing the Italian language. This half also includes site visits to art museaums & cultural meccas such as St. Peter’s Basillica, field study of Italian architecture & cultural/political history. Each morning students will study the philosophy of the Roman thinker Lucretiius, a Roman classical natural philosopher. They will study Lucretius’ philosophy alongside the current Lucretius scholarship of philosopher Thomas Nail etc. and apply what they learn about living a life of continued education, understanding, scientific investigation, and more.

Course Offered:
CAS 330- This course is designed as an instructional course, as well as includes daily field experiences specific to this rich history through intensive language and cultural immersion. For 3 weeks (including traveling to and from Rome), RWU students and professors will explore and travel to iconic Italian religious sites, convents, architectural and related wonders, art museums, and more. During several on-site visits, as well as after morning lectures & discussions on philosophy, each student will study and overlap Italian scholarship in art, philosophy, and culture while accessing and applying their advanced learning in the Italian language. Fluency in Italian is not required, but each student will be paired with an Italian speaking RWU student/instructor as a guide. There will be 2 required texts in Italian philosophy & science and 1 required text in Italian history/language/culture & religion. The grading breakdown will be shared between Dr. Rawls & Dr. Abbondanza at the culmination of the course and return to the U.S.

Student accommodations will consist of rooms at the Casa del Pellegrino San Sisto, Roma, Italy

Program Dates:

January 3, 2020 - January 20, 2020

Financial Details:

Program Fee:  $2,715  Includes travel, housing, daily breakfast, tuition for 1 RWU course, and required fees on site
Does not include airfare

Payment Deadlines:
October 15: $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
November 30: Remaining Balance

Rome 2020 (Rawls) 3

Financial Aid and Scholarships:
RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below.  Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.

The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit 

The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available) 

More Information

Faculty Leaders:
Professor Chris Rawls, Lecturer of Philosophy
Office  GHH 319

Adjunct Professor Karen Abbondanza, of Humanities, Arts & Education
Office: CAS

Health & Safety Abroad:
Students should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to their location. Students should also review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security.

All information subject to change - Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.