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Verona Courses – 2021 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of Italian language courses plus electives in business, fashion, management, hospitality, and Italian studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Italian Language Studies

All students are required to spend the beginning of the fall and spring semesters taking an intensive six-week Italian language course, which allows for rapid acquisition of language and culture. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each, but may vary by level. All language courses focus on the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. You may choose one of the following courses:

  • Fall
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian

    Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills.

    Taught during the intensive language period.

  • Fall
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills.

    Taught during the intensive language period.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian

  • Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian

After the intensive period, students have the option to take one additional language course and/or Italian Conversation. You may choose from the following:

  • Fall
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian

    Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Italian

  • Italian Conversation

International Business, Tourism, and Italian Studies

Taught in English
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region, International Business, Tourism, and Italian Studies as well as provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies.

Fall Semester

  • Fall
    General BusinessManagement400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Students will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of organising an event from start, to event operations to successful completion. Event Management is a course designed to familiarize students with an overview of the meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions industry. The course explores the different roles of the organizations and people involved in the businesses that comprise the event industry.

  • Fall
    General BusinessMarketing300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    In the first part the course focuses on the basics of business, marketing, management and communication in the fashion sector, also considering its cultural and creative aspects. It looks at the global trends and how creative thinking can become business.

    The second part is already at a management level: here students will understand how companies produce, merchandise, distribute and communicate a fashion product....communication skills, brand management skills, art directing skills such as setting a trend, building up a brand persona and connecting through style...as well as creating a sense of leadership

  • Fall
    AnthropologyNutrition300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    AnthropologyNutrition300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course explores connections between the food people eat and how it supports, or helps define, cultural identity. This includes consideration of how food choices are determined, what ‘good’ food means, and how food production, preparation and consumption contribute to and reflect cultural identity. The course seeks to provide students with theoretical and empirical tools to understand and evaluate food systems at local and global levels.

  • Fall
    Speech Communications300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain positive communication and relationships across cultures. Students will explore the definition, nature and manifestation of culture while examining their own values, traditions and beliefs. Through active in-class and out-of-class activities, students will learn about the similarities and differences in communication behaviors and explore language usage, nonverbal style, and perceptions in order to see how they influence face-to-face communication between individuals of different cultures in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world. Course Benefits: Knowledge about diverse communication and observation practices will enhance your ability to study, work and live in any culture of the world.

  • Fall
    International BusinessMarketing400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    International BusinessMarketing400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course offers a study of all aspects of marketing unique to international business. We will examine the impact of cultures, ethics, history, politics, and the law on marketing practice in the globalized economy. It also provides knowledge of tools for cultural analysis and discusses issues related to culture, the economy, and all other environmental variables that affect global business. A better understanding of cultural diversity is essential for successful international business, and this course provides a comprehensive perspective.

  • Fall
    Economics400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Economics400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course provides basic knowledge of international trade economics, trade policy and on the strategic choices of firms operating in the global context. It aims at providing the main tools for evaluating the role of a country and its firms in the global system.

  • Fall
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

    Students are given the opportunity to learn, observe, and participate first-hand in the art of preparing Italian foods and to study the relationship between food and culture. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to learn the culture and learning the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Fall
    AnthropologyItalian200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    AnthropologyItalian200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course analyzes various aspects of Italian culture through lectures, readings, discussions, and observation research projects. The main course objectives are to develop an understanding of contemporary Italy, encompassing its recent history, regional differences, social institutions, and contemporary issues. Students will be asked to reflect on their cultural upbringings and beliefs, and to share their Italian culture experiences in class. Particular attention will be given to breaking down commonly held stereotypes and revealing the realities of contemporary Italian life.

  • Fall
    General BusinessManagementSupply Chain Management300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The goal of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the concepts and techniques of Operations Management across all activities of an organization and for all types of processes. Basic methods of analysis to support decision-making will be presented. On completion of the course, the student should be able to identify appropriate analytical techniques for given decisions, perform basic quantitative analyses using these methods, and make basic judgements regarding effective management of operations in manufacturing and service environments. Prerequisite: lower level Business core. Taught in English.

  • Fall
    ArchitectureArtHistory300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    ArchitectureArtHistory300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will examine the artistic Renaissance in Italy. It aims at presenting the birth of Renaissance art from the end of the thirteenth century with the innovative frescoes by Giotto in Assisi and Padua, to the great changes accomplished in Florence by Donatello and Masaccio in the first half of the fifteenth century. Lectures will also present the Renaissance in Rome with the artistic laboratory of the Sistine Chapel and the role of Pope Paul III in the Sixteenth century. A special focus will be put on the Venetian art – Bellini, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto - and its influence in Veneto. An accurate selection of the most important works of art of this period will allow students to understand why the Renaissance period has been and is still considered as a key moment in the European art and culture. They will have the opportunity to experience first-hand what is covered in class thanks to three field trips and visits in Verona.

  • Fall
    Art200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course presents an overview of Western European art from Prehistoric times to Gothic art (14th century). The course covers the following:

    1) Prehistory and Ancient Art: Egyptians, Greeks and Etruscans.

    2) The Roman era

    3) Medieval times: Early Christian Art; Romanesque and Gothic styles.

    Students will engage in illustrated lectures and site visits. Lessons will be taught in English, in the form of lectures, discussion, readings, individual research, group activities, and site visits.

Spring Semester

  • Spring
    General BusinessSpeech Communications300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Principles and practices that develop writing and communication skills for professional writing, speaking and document design for traditional and new media (letters of inquiry and application, resumes, email practices, social media, PowerPoint etc.)

  • Spring
    Economics300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Fall
    AnthropologyNutrition300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    AnthropologyNutrition300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course explores connections between the food people eat and how it supports, or helps define, cultural identity. This includes consideration of how food choices are determined, what ‘good’ food means, and how food production, preparation and consumption contribute to and reflect cultural identity. The course seeks to provide students with theoretical and empirical tools to understand and evaluate food systems at local and global levels.

  • Fall
    International BusinessMarketing400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    International BusinessMarketing400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course offers a study of all aspects of marketing unique to international business. We will examine the impact of cultures, ethics, history, politics, and the law on marketing practice in the globalized economy. It also provides knowledge of tools for cultural analysis and discusses issues related to culture, the economy, and all other environmental variables that affect global business. A better understanding of cultural diversity is essential for successful international business, and this course provides a comprehensive perspective.

  • Spring
    General Business300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The course focuses on the new challenges and possibilities globalization brought into the world of sport and sport business. Special attention will be paid the commercial management of sport events and organizations. The course will also discuss, as essential aspects of international sports management: sponsorship, broadcasting revenues, marketing, economics and finance of international sports, human resource management, leadership strategy in a global market, governance of sports organization, branding and retail, social media in international sport business, tourism, facilities, governing bodies and legal aspects. The course will also incorporate the role differing cultures plays in sport.

  • Spring
    Management400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The objective of the course is to push students to think strategically and critically in different competitive situations. The course introduces the students to a coherent framework of “as is” analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation, thus developing students’ abilities to analyze the competitive environment of a firm and assess its internal strengths and weaknesses and, finally, produce a corporate and business strategy. Due to globalization of companies, special attention is given to international competition and to international strategies development. Furthermore, all these concepts will be practically applied in that students will work to develop their own strategic plans.

  • Fall
    Economics400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Economics400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course provides basic knowledge of international trade economics, trade policy and on the strategic choices of firms operating in the global context. It aims at providing the main tools for evaluating the role of a country and its firms in the global system.

  • Fall
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

    Students are given the opportunity to learn, observe, and participate first-hand in the art of preparing Italian foods and to study the relationship between food and culture. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to learn the culture and learning the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Fall
    AnthropologyItalian200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    AnthropologyItalian200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course analyzes various aspects of Italian culture through lectures, readings, discussions, and observation research projects. The main course objectives are to develop an understanding of contemporary Italy, encompassing its recent history, regional differences, social institutions, and contemporary issues. Students will be asked to reflect on their cultural upbringings and beliefs, and to share their Italian culture experiences in class. Particular attention will be given to breaking down commonly held stereotypes and revealing the realities of contemporary Italian life.

  • Fall
    ArchitectureArtHistory300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    ArchitectureArtHistory300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will examine the artistic Renaissance in Italy. It aims at presenting the birth of Renaissance art from the end of the thirteenth century with the innovative frescoes by Giotto in Assisi and Padua, to the great changes accomplished in Florence by Donatello and Masaccio in the first half of the fifteenth century. Lectures will also present the Renaissance in Rome with the artistic laboratory of the Sistine Chapel and the role of Pope Paul III in the Sixteenth century. A special focus will be put on the Venetian art – Bellini, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto - and its influence in Veneto. An accurate selection of the most important works of art of this period will allow students to understand why the Renaissance period has been and is still considered as a key moment in the European art and culture. They will have the opportunity to experience first-hand what is covered in class thanks to three field trips and visits in Verona.

  • Spring
    Art200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Spring
    ArtJournalism200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Description not available at this time.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. They are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with exposure to the Italian language. Italian language ability is very helpful, but not necessary to complete an internship. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Internship credit(s) are only offered in addition to the minimum 12-credit load.

Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility: enrollment in Verona program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Additional Offerings

Courses

  • Spring
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Italian

  • Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Italian

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall: Open

Spring: Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1

Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | Italian

Member

AACUPI--Association of American Colleges and Universities in Italy

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