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Italy: Italian Language, Literature, & Culture


This program will provide students with an opportunity to practice basic Italian language while also visiting historic and significant sites in Rome.  The sites will include those discussed in the literature course (EN420). 



  • Pincio (Pincio Hill Gardens, Pincian Gardens)
  • The Forum
  • Colosseum
  • Italian Backgrounds
  • Spanish Steps
  • Barberini Palace
  • Fountain of Triton
  • Via delle Quattro Fontane
  • Church of San Carlo
  • Borghese Gallery
  • The Palazzo Borghese
  • Via Gregoriana




WLC215- Italian Language & Culture

WLC215 is a 3-credit class that allows you to fulfill your general education language requirement. By taking this course, you will be able to have a first-hand experience of the use of basic Italian to communicate with people in an authentic context while visiting culturally important locations/museums in Rome that will enhance your knowledge of the history/culture of Italy. In addition to language testing through online activities prior to going abroad, you will complete a post-trip report on one artist/landmark of your choice, in which you will state any additional information you learned during the trip that could not have been acquired through books or a class lecture.  

EN420- American Writers Abroad

Course may be taken as a traditional course or an honors course – In The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James describes Rome as having “history in the stones of the street and the atoms of the sunshine.” James and fellow 19th/ 20th Century American writers Edith Wharton and Constance Fenimore Woolson, who all traveled extensively in and wrote about Rome and other Italian locations, engaged with Italy’s beauty and history, drawing on it for both fiction and non-fiction pieces. We will read and reflect on selections from these writings. As we travel abroad, we will visit a number of the sites described by the authors, consider how the authors’ travels affected them as artists and thinkers, and how our reading informs our experience of Italy. Students will complete reading and short writing assignments or projects.


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Jessica Hausmann- Dr. Jessica Hausmann is the Director of the University Honors Program and an Associate Professor of English. She was born in NJ and has lived here most of her life. She teaches literature and writing, and also teachers in the Bridge General Education Program. Her research interests are focused on American literature and women’s literature. This is her third time going abroad with a group of students.

Dr. Jaime Rivera Flores, PhD – Dr. Jaime Rivera Flores is an Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures, specializing in Spanish. He was born and raised in Mexico, but has lived in the US since 2001. His research interest include 20th Century Mexican literature, with a special interest in humor, and Mexican cultural studies. Professor Rivera Flores has led five study-abroad trips to Spain before.


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